What is a mini abdominoplasty?

A tummy tuck is a significant procedure requiring invasive abdominal surgery. It is an increasingly popular surgery, consistently achieving attractive results, but for some it feels too big a step, and the resulting long scar too great a commitment. When patients enquire about a ‘mini abdominoplasty’ in Mr Alan Park’s Warwickshire tummy tuck clinic, it is quite often the idea of a less invasive option with a quicker recovery that appeals – but, as Mr Park explains, a mini tummy tuck performs a very specific function and is not appropriate in every case.

How does an abdominoplasty work?

While a mini abdominoplasty requires just one incision, leaving the belly button untouched, a full abdominoplasty entails two incisions – one across the lower abdomen and the other around the belly button; this enables the surgeon to lift up the skin and access the underlying abdominal muscles in order to tighten them up. Excess fat and skin is excised before the skin is re-draped and stitched tautly into place and a new belly button created. Through a full abdominoplasty, the issues of both saggy skin and more extensive repairs to the muscular abdominal wall are addressed.

When is a mini abdominoplasty not suitable?

For women whose problems of saggy, overstretched skin is largely confined to the area below the belly button, a mini abdominoplasty may be the best course of action. The pros are that it usually requires only one scar and that the downtime is much reduced, but the flipside is that without addressing the slackened muscles that lie beneath, the true problem may not be solved. Furthermore, if the lack of tone affects the area above the belly button, making improvements to the area between the pubis mons and the belly button alone will not produce aesthetically pleasing or balanced results. During your Warwickshire abdominoplasty consultation, Mr Park will talk you through your options, advising you on how you can best achieve your goals.