Mini Tummy Tuck: Reduced Scarring and Recovery Time

Pregnancy, aging, and substantial weight loss can leave sagging skin and pockets of fat on the abdominal area. Patients who desire a more youthful and toned midsection but do not require a full tummy tuck might benefit from a mini tummy tuck. Dr. Benjamin Boudreaux and Dr. Jeffrey Claiborne are board-certified and offer this safe and relatively conservative body contouring procedure at our New Orleans, LA, practice. Dr. Boudreaux and Dr. Claiborne have extensive training and experience and will customize your mini tummy tuck to suit your personal goals. CareCredit® financing is available to help all of our patients achieve their goals.

Traditional vs. mini tummy tuck incisions
Mini tummy tuck scars can easily be hidden beneath clothing.

Benefits of Mini Tummy Tuck

A mini tummy tuck can deliver many of the same benefits as a traditional tummy tuck but affects a smaller portion of the stomach. Patients who undergo this procedure can benefit from:

  • Less scarring: Mini tummy tucks are often called a “scarless tummy tuck” because the incision is much smaller. Unlike traditional tummy tucks, there is usually no need for repositioning the navel.
  • Faster recovery: Less surgery time means a shortened recovery for patients. Post-operative pain and swelling should also be reduced.

Once you have fully recovered, you can enjoy the benefits of a smaller waistline and overall, more proportionate physique.

Are You a Candidate?

Any elective surgery requires careful consideration. During your consultation, Dr. Boudreaux and Dr. Claiborne will thoroughly discuss the potential risks and benefits of a mini tummy tuck. Your medical history, cosmetic goals, and reasons for wishing to undergo the surgery will also be evaluated

Good candidates for mini tummy tuck surgery are generally healthy and typically concerned with:

  • Excess skin on and around the lower abdomen
  • Pockets of fat near the lower abdomen
  • Stretched muscle below the navel

The procedure is not a substitution for weight loss, so patients should be at a healthy weight and also not plan on becoming pregnant in the future.

A Look at the Procedure and Recovery

To begin, general anesthesia will be administered to ensure that no pain or discomfort is experienced throughout the surgery. Dr. Boudreaux and Dr. Claiborne will then make a small incision above the pubic area. Care will be taken to ensure minimal and discreet scarring. Once Dr. Boudreaux and Dr. Claiborne access your lower abdomen, they will carefully remove excess skin and fat. Liposuction may be performed for additional sculpting if desired. The skin will then be stretched smooth and the incisions will be closed with sutures.

A mini tummy tuck can deliver many of the same benefits as a traditional tummy tuck but with a shorter recovery time.

Postoperative pain can be managed with prescription or over-the-counter medication. Most patients are able to return to work within one to two weeks of undergoing surgery. Strenuous activity should be avoided for at least six weeks. Dr. Boudreaux and Dr. Claiborne will provide you with a detailed recovery plan that should be followed closely.

Contact Us Today

Dr. Boudreaux and Dr. Claiborne are well known for their down-to-earth and friendly approach to treatment. They genuinely care about their patients' long-term health and aesthetic goals. If you are ready to schedule your first consultation to learn more about our mini tummy tuck procedure, contact us online or call (985) 237-6050.

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Northshore Plastic Surgery

Dr. Boudreaux and Dr. Claiborne are committed to providing the very highest standard of care with a friendly, down-to-earth approach. Northshore Plastic Surgery has been voted a top doctor on the Northshore, New Orleans and is affiliated with prestigious organizations, including:

  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons®
  • American Board of Plastic Surgery®
  • The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery®

To set up your consultation, call (985) 237-6050 or use our simple online form

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