The Mini Tummy Tuck: All About Recovery

Published on February 24th, 2021

The stomach is the part of the body that gives a lot of grief to most of us. No matter who you are, your skin will loosen, and fat will eventually settle. You are probably familiar with a Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Surgery, a procedure addressing the entire abdomen. Did you know a mini tummy tuck only focuses on the problem area below the belly button to give you a more defined, sexier stomach? Tummy tuck surgery will tighten the belly’s muscles, remove extra skin, stretch marks, and excessive fat tissue for a toned midsection.

The Mini Tummy Tuck Benefits

Great for people who have a “pooch” with not much fat below the belly button, stretch marks, or loose skin. The mini tummy tuck method is a smaller, less complicated procedure than a traditional tummy tuck. The scar is shorter, recovery is faster, producing a curvier, smoother, thinner lower middle section.

Who Is Ideal for a Mini Tummy Tuck?

  • You’ve lost weight with a balanced meal plan and exercise regularly. Yet, the extra fat remains, and your stomach appears bloated instead of flat.
  • You’re a new mom and are now dealing with a postpartum belly gifted to you from your bundle of joy along with stretched, sagging skin.
  • Expectations are realistic and obtainable, understanding you’re not going to have six-pack abs immediately after the procedure.
  • You’re physically and mentally in good health and have reached your aspired weight goals.
  • You don’t smoke or regularly consume tobacco.

Healing Time After Your Mini Tummy Tuck

Once you’re fully healed, the advantages of having a mini tummy tuck procedure will speak for themselves when you flaunt your exquisitely contoured lower half just in time for spring and summer.

Healing Timeline

Approximately two weeks. “Wait? Why is recovery so short,” you’re asking? Because it’s less invasive than a traditional tummy tuck taking about two hours from start to finish. Yes, you will be swollen and sore for a few days.

Additionally, your movement will be limited as your abdominal muscles heal—no strenuous exercise or lifting heavy objects for six weeks. Returning to work and general daily activities happens in about a week. It’s better to sleep in an upright position to refrain from placing unnecessary tension on your stomach. Lots of comfy pillows will help.

Tinier Scar

Part of having a realistic expectation with the mini tummy tuck procedure is knowing a scar of some sort is part of less invasive surgery. The benefit is the incision is minor compared to a full tummy tuck, though that doesn’t mean healing will take less time. The body recuperates from the inside out. The way your body heals, and the type of operation plays a part too. Mindfully following Dr. Barrett’s post-op instructions will aid in quick, proper healing. Over time the scar will be less noticeable. Using Skinuva™ Scar, our physician designed and clinically tested scar cream, will improve the appearance.


With all surgeries, invasive or not, pain, bruising, and inflammation are expected. How much of each depends on the individual, their tolerance level, and how their body manages each. Generally, with doctor-prescribed medication to keep you peaceful and happy, your symptoms will gradually go away within two weeks. Some patients stop using them sooner.

Thin, Tone, and Shapely Results

This quick, less invasive abdominoplasty procedure that removes stubborn fat, unsightly loose skin and unwanted stretch marks might just be right for you. The mini tummy tuck is an ideal contour for you to achieve the hot mommy, hot girl, hot boy life you want.

Contact Barrett Plastic Surgery today at 310-598-2648 to learn more about a mini tuck in luxurious Beverly Hills and schedule a consultation. If you’re more comfortable speaking with our team from the convenience of your home, we provide virtual surgical consultations.

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