Mini Tummy Tuck

A mini tummy tuck, or partial tummy tuck, is a surgical procedure that eliminates loose skin and tightens the muscles in the abdominal area through a single incision for those who require minimal correction. This procedure can reverse the effects of weight gain or loss, pregnancy, and time to restore or create the body shape that makes you feel most confident.

Is Mini Tummy Tuck right for you ?

Pre and Post Operative Instructions

A mini tummy tuck is an excellent option for patients who desire a tighter, more contoured midsection and require less body contouring than a full tummy tuck. This single incision procedure requires less discomfort, a smaller scar, and shorter downtime. Candidates for this procedure typically include patients with one or more of the following concerns:

A bit of loose or sagging skin below the belly button

Excess fat and skin retention despite a regular diet and exercise

Stretched skin and separated abdominal muscles after pregnancy

During the initial consultation, your surgeon will provide a comprehensive exam and discuss your goals to understand if this procedure is correct for you.


Elimination of mild to moderate loose skin around the abdominal area


Reduction in isolated fat areas (usually via liposuction)


Correction of mild separation of abdominal muscles


Creation of a flatter, smoother midsection


Before the surgery

You will be matched with a concierge who will guide you through your entire consultation process. You will attend a consultation with your surgeon in person or virtually, who will learn your goals, answer any questions, and perform an examination to create your surgical plan.

Preoperative preparation may include
Stop smoking
Fill prescriptions
Stop taking medications and supplements that exacerbate bleeding
Plan time away from work, childcare, and pet care for recovery.
Find a family member or friend to bring you home and assist you after surgery.

During the surgery

A first incision is made horizontally between the navel and public hairline, strategically placed low enough that undergarments and bathing suits can hide it. Through the incision, your surgeon will tighten the abdominal muscles if necessary. Barrett Plastic Surgery utilizes a double reinforcement plication technique that ensures the abdominal wall repair does not relax over time. Excess tissue, fat, and skin are removed before the skin is pulled firmly across the midsection and sutured closed with a meticulous five-layer closure method to minimize tension and scarring.

Surgery duration

After the surgery

Most tummy tuck revision patients experience swelling, bruising, and discomfort in the abdominal area following surgery. Compression garments may be provided to help reduce these symptoms while healing takes place. Patients usually can return to work and regular activities within two weeks, but strenuous activities like exercise should be avoided for six weeks. Your surgeon will provide detailed postoperative instructions and closely monitor your healing and recovery in the weeks and months following surgery. 

2 weeks
Healing Time
6 weeks