I have had several people ask me if there is any way to perform a “scarless” tummy tuck. Although there is no way to completely avoid a scar, the degree of scarring can be lessened with a popular Baltimore abdominoplasty surgery called the “mini tummy tuck.”
What Is a Mini Tummy Tuck?
A mini tummy tuck is a modified version of the standard tummy tuck that involves flattening the lower abdomen. A short incision is made below the belly button and excess skin and fat is removed and the abdominal walls are tightened, producing a firmer appearance. This procedure is best for people who are already fit or slender, but who may have excess skin or bulging below the navel.
Benefits of a Mini Tummy Tuck
An obvious advantage of the mini tummy tuck is that it produces a less conspicuous scar than traditional abdominoplasty, which involves an incision that runs along the pelvic bone. Additionally, because a mini tummy tuck does not include repositioning of the belly button, navel reconstruction is not necessary.
Mini vs. Full Tummy Tuck
Not everyone is a good candidate for a mini tummy tuck. Generally, people who have a significant amount of excess skin and fatty tissue, or who are have recently experienced dramatic weight loss or pregnancy, would benefit more from a full tummy tuck. That’s because traditional abdominoplasty can address the entire abdominal area – both above and below the navel – for more skin tightening and contouring. Discuss your options with an experienced surgeon to determine which method is best.