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Mini tummy tuck

Many people want a flat, firm stomach. If the target weight is reached, however, one thing can cloud the training result: sagging, excess skin.

This can be removed from the abdomen as part of a tummy tuck. If only the lower part of the abdomen is affected, a small tummy tuck, the mini-tummy tuck, can be performed.

The mini tummy tuck is mainly aimed at people of relatively normal weight.

Advantages of the mini tummy tuck:

  • Short downtime
  • Less noticeable scars
  • Minor intervention (lower abdomen only)
  • The navel does not need to be moved

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What is a mini tummy tuck?

The mini tummy tuck, also called mini abdominoplasty or partial abdominoplasty, is a smaller form of tummy tuck. In contrast to the classic tummy tuck (tummy tuck), only the lower abdomen is tightened with plastic surgery. If after a significant weight loss there is excess skin only below the navel, the mini tummy tuck can remove this and thus flatten the stomach. This less extensive procedure is an alternative to a tummy tuck, provided that the area of ​​the abdomen above the navel does not need to be tightened.

How does a mini tummy tuck work?

A mini tummy tuck can be performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia with twilight sleep. Treatment under general anesthesia is also possible. Partial abdominoplasty usually takes about an hour.

Partial tummy tuck procedure

At the beginning of the tummy tuck, a horizontal cut is made along the pubic hairline. This incision can also be placed in the area of ​​the pubic hair to cover up subsequent scars. Then the abdominal wall is loosened from the muscles. With the mini tummy tuck, this is only done up to the level of the navel. The part of the abdomen between the incision and the navel can now be tightened. To do this, the skin is pulled back, excess skin is removed and the incisions are finally sutured.


After the tummy tuck, a bandage is applied and compression garments should be worn day and night for a few weeks. This supports the healing process and prevents the formation of bumps and dents. A few weeks after the tummy tuck, the stitches can be pulled and the patient is fit to socialize again.

Course and appearance of the scar

The scar course of a mini tummy tuck is significantly less noticeable compared to a total abdominoplasty, as the incision is made shorter. The scar extends horizontally above the pubic line and can be easily hidden under underwear. A partial abdominoplasty does not need to move the belly button and accordingly does not lead to the typical scars around the belly button. The conspicuousness of the scar depends on the tension that is on it, which depends on how tight the cut is sewn. A relatively tight sewing is sought, but leads to a somewhat wider scar formation. The scar can only be definitively assessed after about a year.

What criteria must be met in order to be eligible for a mini tummy tuck?

A mini tummy tuck is suitable for people who have sagging, sagging skin around the abdomen. This arises, for example, as a result of severe weight loss. If the previously existing fat pads were mainly on the lower abdomen, excess skin can usually be found in the lower area of ​​the abdomen after weight reduction. If this is the case, the mini tummy tuck is the most suitable treatment method for tightening and smoothing the abdomen. Which method of tummy tuck is best suited to the individual needs to be checked in an initial consultation with a specialist.


The mini tummy tuck is not aimed at people who are overweight and who hope that the tummy tuck will give them a flat stomach. An additional liposuction would usually be necessary for this. Like the classic tummy tuck, the mini tummy tuck also requires previous weight loss. If, even after targeted training and an adapted diet, there are still small fat deposits in the abdomen, liposuction can bring about the desired result. In some cases, liposuction can also be combined with a tummy tuck.

What are the advantages of a mini tummy tuck?

The method of mini abdominal wall lift is a good way to remove excess tissue in the area of ​​the lower abdomen and thus to obtain a firm, smooth abdomen. This is especially beneficial for people who have lost weight with a lot of effort and discipline, but whose training result is still clouded.
If the skin is not able to regress sufficiently, it will hang down on the affected areas. This excess skin can no longer be removed through exercise and diet, only a surgical procedure can help: an abdominoplasty.

If the accumulations of fat were mainly on the lower abdomen, a mini tummy tuck is completely sufficient to smooth the abdominal wall. It removes excess skin and leaves the abdomen appear firm and smooth. Liposuction is usually unnecessary as weight loss has already preceded the process.


Compared to the classic tummy tuck, the mini tummy tuck has the advantage that it is a smaller operation. With the small tummy tuck, the abdominal wall is only loosened from the muscles up to the navel, so the navel itself does not have to be moved. The smaller size of the operation means less stress for the body and the recovery time is shorter. In addition, the incision required to tighten the abdominal wall can run in the area of ​​the pubic hair, so that later scars can be hidden well under tight clothing.

Benefits of partial abdominoplasty

  • Tightening and smoothing of the lower abdomen
  • Completion of training success after severe weight loss
  • Smaller operation compared to a classic tummy tuck
  • Shorter recovery time
  • Hidden scars

What are the risks and complications of a mini tummy tuck?

Like any surgical procedure, a small tummy tuck is associated with certain risks. Overall, however, it is considered a safe procedure in plastic and aesthetic surgery. An additional liposuction is also not necessary.


After the tummy tuck, there may be slight swelling, redness and bruising. However, these should decrease on their own and have no further consequences. The risk of infections is reduced to a minimum by strictly adhering to all hygiene regulations.


In some cases sensory disturbances as well as tension and numbness in the skin may occur, but these usually regress within a few weeks. If there is unexpectedly severe scarring after the tummy tuck, this can be corrected as part of a small surgical procedure.

How do I choose the right clinic?

When choosing the right clinic for a mini tummy tuck, the highest value should be placed on quality. Only a specialist in plastic and aesthetic surgery with sufficient experience in the field of lifts should perform the procedure. The clinic itself should also meet all hygiene and safety standards. Good quality is essential for a satisfactory treatment result. But the large number of offers makes it difficult to find the right clinic for a tummy tuck.

Choice of clinic with MediDate / Medical One

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What is the cost of a mini tummy tuck?

The cost of a mini tummy tuck is made up of various factors. On the one hand, the final effort of the operation plays a role, on the other hand, the type of anesthesia and the fee of the plastic surgeon itself also influence the price of the tummy tuck. A partial tummy tuck can cost around 4,000 euros.

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