A mini tummy tuck is a body contouring procedure for people who have a small to moderate amount of excess skin and fat which is limited to the lower part of the abdomen. It is ideal for patients who do not require a full tummy tuck but are unhappy with the appearance of the area below the umbilicus. Dr. Christopher Morea brings his expertise and eighteen years of experience as a board certified plastic surgeon to patients in Raleigh, Durham, Wake Forest and all of North Carolina who desire a slimmer, flatter abdomen through this procedure.
The mini tummy tuck is a good option for patients with abdominal laxity and bulging of the lower abdomen. Bulging in the area is commonly cause by the accumulation of fatty tissue and weakened lower abdominal muscles due to weight loss or pregnancy. A mini tummy tuck is less invasive than a full tummy tuck and normally does not involve an incision around the umbilicus. A smaller incision is used to tighten the abdominal wall and remove excess skin and fat.
Mini tummy tuck in our North Raleigh plastic surgery center and is an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia in our fully accredited AAAASF certified operating suite. The mini tummy tuck surgery generally takes about two hours to perform. The Morea Plastic Surgery Center staff of Registered Nurses will care for you in our recovery room until you are ready to be discharged to home. Recovery following mini tummy tuck will vary from patient to patient, however, most patients can return to work both inside and outside of the home in approximately seven days.
In our Raleigh, N.C. plastic surgery practice, Dr. Morea sees patients of various heights, weights and age who are excellent candidates for a mini tummy tuck. During your first consultation at the Morea Plastic Surgery Center, you will meet personally with Dr. Morea to discuss your individual plastic surgery goals. He will advise you regarding cosmetic surgery of the abdomen. You will have the opportunity to view our library containing hundreds of before and after mini tummy tuck photos of actual patients from our practice. Dr. Morea will give you a personal tour of his North Raleigh plastic surgery center and provide you with an exact quote for the tummy tuck procedure designed for you.
Healthy, non-smoking patients with excess skin and bulging that is limited to the area below the umbilicus are ideal candidates for mini tummy tuck.
A full tummy tuck involves lifting a large skin flap to gain access to the abdominal muscles. The muscles are tightened with sutures and the skin flap is trimmed and stitched into place. There is an incision around the umbilicus with a full tummy tuck. A mini tummy tuck has a much shorter incision because the focus of the procedure is on the muscles and excess skin on the lower abdomen.
A mini tummy tuck does not affect your ability to get pregnant. It is important to realize that additional pregnancies following mini tummy tuck can reverse the results of the tummy tuck and require additional surgery to correct.
Mini tummy tucks produce great results for patients with weakened abdominal muscles and excess skin limited to the lower abdomen. The result are typically long lasting provided you do not stretch the skin with another pregnancy or excessive weight gain.
A small incision on the lower abdomen similar to a C Section incision is utilized to perform a mini tummy tuck. Mini tummy tuck scars are easily concealed under most clothing, lingerie and bathing suits.