Instant results: your newly defined stomach
Saggy skin not snapping back? Loose skin and excess fatty tissue on your lower tummy area can be really awkward: it feels uncomfortable and clothes don’t fit and often won’t hide it. Whether it’s a result of weight loss, general ageing, genetics or post-pregnancy, a mini tummy tuck will tighten your excess skin.
What is a mini abdominoplasty?
A mini abdominoplasty targets your lower abdomen (lower stomach), whereas our standard tummy tuck surgery targets your whole stomach area. The mini tummy tuck removes your excess fatty tissue and loose skin and tightens lax muscles to leave a flatter stomach from your tummy button to your pubic area.
A mini abdominoplasty only involves a small incision across your lower abdomen. The incision is so low down it’s hidden when you wear swimwear. And there’s no incision needed with a mini tummy tuck around your belly button (as is needed for a full tummy tuck).
What happens during the mini tummy tuck procedure?
During a mini tummy tuck procedure, your surgeon will make an incision following your pubic lining. The excess skin and fat in between your tummy button and pubic area are then removed. If you have any stretched muscles, they’ll also be tightened. A mini tummy tuck can be done under local anaesthetic but more excess skin and fatty tissue can be removed under general anaesthetic.
The benefits of your mini abdominoplasty at Karidis Clinic
✔ Boost your self-confidence: a flatter tummy will make a big difference
✔ A natural-looking, flatter lower stomach: part of our ethos
✔ VIP care: we look after you with five-star consultancy and aftercare
✔ A bespoke service: we understand that everyone has different needs
✔ Peace of mind: your surgeon is the best in their field
✔ Combine treatments: access to our whole team for your convenience
✔ Comprehensive, transparent information: using your Karidis Clinic Patient Journey app
FAQs for mini abdominoplasty
If you have a small amount of excess skin and fat on your lower tummy, only below your tummy button, a mini tummy tuck could be the solution for you. You may have some ‘overhang’ on the lower tummy and your skin might be saggy or crinkly after weight loss. You should have little to no need for muscle separation repair or tummy button reshaping (that will need a regular tummy tuck).
A mini tummy tuck is ideal if you want to tighten up your lower stomach area, you want to improve a c-section scar or you have a little “pooch” or revise a previous caesarean scar.
You’ll need to be a stable weight and generally fit and healthy. A mini tummy tuck can provide great results for both men and women, but if women want long-term results, they need to wait to have the procedure done after their last pregnancy. To see if this procedure is right for you, give us a call to arrange a consultation
A mini tummy tuck addresses saggy skin, fatty tissue and lax muscles below your belly button whereas regular abdominoplasty is a solution for saggy skin over your whole abdomen. With a full tummy tuck, you’ll see more dramatic tummy tuck before and after results as it covers a larger area, but with a mini tummy tuck you’ll benefit from a smaller incision.
Generally, it’ll take around three to six months to see your new flat tummy. You’ll notice a difference immediately after tummy tuck surgery, but you’ll have to be patient to wait for the final result as your tummy will be swollen. Sometimes the swelling makes your tummy appear more protruded. Usually, it takes three to four months for your swelling to go down. It can even take up to a year for some to see the final result. But it will be worth the wait!
Research your procedure so your expectations are realistic
Stop taking medications and supplements under the advice of your surgeon
Stop smoking — smoking can hinder your healing process
Eat a healthy diet and keep hydrated
Stock up on food and meals so you can rest when home
We recommend that you’re between 10-15 pounds from your goal weight before you have a tummy tuck. This is because losing or gaining weight can affect your results.
Your care is our top priority at Karidis Clinic — our whole team is here to support you physically and mentally. We’ll provide you with comprehensive aftercare instructions and are on hand to give advice whenever needed. You’ll also have access to the Karidis Clinic Patient Journey app. The app supports you throughout your recovery period (as well as how to prepare pre-surgery). It includes timings for all your aftercare appointments and tells you when to rest.
A compression garment will help to compress your tummy to reduce swelling and aid healing after your mini tummy tuck. You may have to sleep on an incline for the first few nights to reduce swelling. Try to keep moving gently to reduce your risk of blood clots in your legs, even if that’s just walking around your home.
At Karidis Clinic, we have no set price as you’ll be treated on an individual basis. After your consultation, you will be given a detailed breakdown, including routine post-operative care and no hidden costs.
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