Mini Tummy Tuck Surgeon: Dr. Jugenburg

Do you have some excess skin below your belly button, or stubborn lower abdominal fat that isn’t responding to exercise? Do you have an unsightly skin fold following a C-section?  For many women and men who are in excellent physical shape but have excess fat and skin just above the pubic area, a mini tummy tuck performed by Dr. Jugenburg might be the right solution for you.

In contrast to a traditional tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) surgery, a mini tummy tuck only addresses the excess fat and skin just above the pubic area, and involves a smaller scar and faster recovery. This excess fat and skin is most common in women after pregnancy and C-sections, and exercise alone won’t eliminate the problem.

A traditional tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) addresses the muscles above and below the belly button, along with excessive or loose skin, But for patients who have a tight abdominal wall that doesn’t protrude significantly, and haven’t lost a significant amount of weight with resulting excessive sagging skin, a mini tummy tuck might be a better procedure.

Differences Between a Mini Tummy Tuck and Tummy Tuck

Differences Mini Tummy Tuck Tummy Tuck
Goal: Remove lower abdominal skin excess (typically after a c-section) Treat muscle separation above and below
the navel and remove excessive or loose
skin in the belly.
Procedure: Incision above the pubic bone. Excess fat is removed; skin and muscles are tightened. The surgeon separates the navel from the rest of the tissue and abdominal wall; the flap created is stretched down, and excess tissue is removed
Suitable for: Those with an abdominal wall that does’nt protrude significantly Women with stretched skin from multiple pregnancies or those who have lost a significant amount of weight.
Anaesthesia: General anesthesia or local with sedation General
Scarring: Thin scar Longer scar from hipbone to hipbone
Recovery: 1-3 weeks 4-6 weeks

Benefits of a Mini Tummy Tuck

There are many benefits that are associated with a mini tummy tuck. First, it is much less invasive than a traditional abdominoplasty, which means a much shorter recovery period for the patient. Other benefits include:

  • Less scarring than with a traditional abdominoplasty
  • No repositioning of your belly button
  • Procedure is available to a wider group of people, including patients who are not suitable candidates for a full tummy tuck because of scarring from previous procedures
  • More economical than a full tummy tuck

For those patients who don’t require any additional contour sculpting above the belly button, and do not have a significantly protruding abdominal muscle wall, the mini tummy tuck is the procedure of choice.

Am I a Candidate for a Mini Tummy Tuck?

The best candidates for a mini tummy tuck are patients with skin and excessive fatty tissue that is limited to the area below the belly button.Women who have a little pouch above their C-section scars are the ideal candidates. Patients may have a slim abdomen, but want it sculpted into a more attractive look. The patient should also have good muscle tone to the abdominal muscles and be in good health.

In addition, patients should have:

  • Stable weight
  • Good skin tone and skin elasticity
  • Only a small amount of abdominal skin to be removed
  • Realistic expectations from the surgery

 

You should also be in good health, as this is key for proper healing and recovery after your procedure.

The best way to determine if you are a good candidate for the mini tummy tuck surgery versus full abdominoplasty is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jugenburg. He will determine the best procedure for your specific situation.

Additional Procedure: Liposuction

Many patients opt to have liposuction done at the same time as a mini tummy tuck, to address specific areas on their bodies. These may include love handles, fat pockets above the belly button and other areas. Liposuction is usually performed in conjunction with a mini tummy tuck to help contour the waist area and de-fat the upper and lower abdomen, flanks and pubic area, helping to provide the best shape to the tummy.

Liposuction involves placing several small incisions, followed by fat extraction using a cannula. The procedure causes some bruising and swelling, along with mild discomfort at the incision sites. When done with a mini tummy tuck, it is done immediately after the mini tummy tuck procedure to contour the problem areas in one operation.

Dr. Jugenburg can discuss this procedure with you at the time of your consultation, and determine the best approach based on your goals and his physical examination.

Your surgery is usually performed under general anesthesia. An alternative is local anesthesia with sedation. Dr. Jugenburg will determine the best type of anesthesia based on the procedure and your specific needs.

At the time of surgery, an incision is made horizontally across the lower abdomen, just above the pubic mound. Unlike a full tummy tuck, the incision does not go from hipbone to hipbone, but rather from mid thigh to mid thigh.

The skin is then loosened from abdominal wall. The lower abdominal muscles can be pulled into a tighter position, excess fat is removed, and then the muscles are sutured.

Compared to a full tummy tuck, the mini tummy tuck is not as painful. There will be discomfort, which will be managed by the prescription pain medication Dr. Jugenburg ordered for you.