What is a mini-abdominoplasty? Patients who have a small amount of loose abdominal skin accompanied by laxity or separation of the abdominal muscles are good candidates for a mini-abdominoplasty. Loose skin is removed and abdominal muscles tightened through a short, low scar just over the pubic area.
The abdominoplasty is a common component of a mommy makeover and is frequently combined with breast enhancement and liposuction:
Combining abdominoplasty with other procedures can be performed efficiently and safely. Click here to read Dr. Tenenbaum’s article on combining breast surgery and abdominoplasty, or here to view a television clip from KMOV of an actual patient who underwent the mommy makeover procedure including abdominoplasty with Dr. Myckatyn.
Click here to view a video on tummy tuck surgery.
Anesthesia: A mini-abdominoplasty is usually performed with the patient under general anesthesia.
Length of procedure: 60 to 90 minutes.
Estimated recovery time: You can return to work after 10 to 14 days and should avoid vigorous activities for 3 to 4 weeks. Visible bruising should clear up within 1 to 2 weeks, and swelling begins to resolve within 3 weeks. To learn how to prepare for a mini-abdominoplasty and what to expect afterwards, click here to download our patient instructions for abdominoplasty.
Side effects: Common side effects include bruising, swelling, a few spitting sutures, and some numbness, itching, and spasm of the abdomen. Drain tubes lasting 5 to 10 days are placed, and you will be required to walk gently flexed at the waist for about 5 days after surgery. An injectable blood thinner called Lovenox® is generally used for 5 to 10 days after surgery to prevent blood clots. Click here to download a detailed consent form from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons that lists the risks and benefits of abdominoplasty.
Before-and-after photos: Click here to view photos of abdominoplasties.