What Is a Mini Tummy Tuck? 

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A mini tummy tuck surgery also called an S-Lift, is designed to tighten up your stomach muscles, remove the excess skin that has resulted from pregnancy or weight loss. 

This procedure tightens up the abdominal muscles along with removing excess skin that will provide you with a flatter tummy.

Who Should Get It?

Getting a mini tummy tuck is optimal when you’ve gained some extra weight in your stomach due to age, pregnancy, or other reasons and can’t seem to lose it off. It’s also ideal for people who’ve gone through significant weight loss and need to remove the excess skin.

While getting a mini tummy tuck is a personal choice, individuals considering getting it should be near their recommended weight class and non-smokers. They should be medically fit and healthy.


Depending on your age, weight, and how much fat reduction needs to occur within the targeted area, there are several ways the typical mini tummy tuck procedure can go. It begins with a single incision made just above your pubic area.

Typically, the excess skin between your belly button and pubic area is removed, and the abdominal muscles are tightened. Liposuction can also be conducted during the procedure if excess fat prevents the area from becoming thinner.

They are considered safe procedures with minimal recovery time. The majority of procedures are usually conducted as outpatient procedures, and patients are advised to go home a few hours after completing the procedure.

You may be uncomfortable for the first week after the procedure but can expect to return to work within two to four weeks of complete recovery.

Which Areas You Can Target

As opposed to a full abdominoplasty or extensive liposuction, a mini tummy tuck only targets the area on your lower stomach. To be more precise, the area between your belly button and pubic area is mainly affected through this procedure.

Your belly button won’t be affected by the procedure, and in most cases, there is no extensive visible scarring after recovery.

Expected Results

It’s crucial to be realistic about the expectations about the results from a mini tummy tuck. While you will look thinner and your lower stomach area will look more contoured, it won’t change the rest of your appearance.

While most people can see the results immediately after the procedure, the total recovery time is six weeks. Permanent effects of the procedure when the swelling recedes can be seen after six weeks.

The results are usually permanent, provided you don’t gain any weight or get pregnant. To know what to expect, you can also go through other people’s before and after images to get a better idea.

Full Tummy Tuck Vs. Mini Tummy Tuck

When you’re looking for more comprehensive results or need tightening done to your entire stomach area, getting a full tummy tuck is recommended. As opposed to a mini tummy tuck, a full tummy tuck provides a flatter and firmer midsection.

Regardless of which procedure you opt for, you need to ensure that you’re choosing the ideal cosmetic surgeon for the procedure. Choosing a trustworthy, certified, and experienced cosmetic surgeon can lessen the chances of any side effects or adverse reactions to the procedure. They will also ensure that there is little to no visible scarring or discomfort to you after the procedure has been completed.

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