Body contouring includes a group of several procedures to reshape the abdomen, breasts, upper arms, thighs, buttocks and hips. These procedures are intended to remove fat and excess skin caused by rapid weight loss, pregnancy, loss of skin elasticity, or aging. Mini-abdominoplasty, a modification of the full abdominoplasty is one of these body contouring procedures.
Mini-abdominoplasty is more commonly called a mini-tummy tuck. It is not as extensive a procedure as a complete, or full, abdominoplasty. The procedure was developed to eliminate excess skin and stubborn fat where the excess was located below the navel.
Advantages of the mini-tummy tuck include the need for only one incision; a smaller scar that heals faster; an easier, faster recovery; and fewer risks of complications.
Tummy tucks, in general are the fifth most common cosmetic surgery procedures according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. The ability to minimize the effects of surgery with the mini-tummy tuck is a great advantage for those patients who don’t have excess skin or fat above the navel.