Chippewa Township plastic surgeons offer a low impact solution to excess abdominal flab that provides maximum results: the mini tummy tuck at Advanced Liposuction Centers.

Do any of these scenarios sound familiar?

  • You work out 5 days a week with specific exercises that focus on the belly and abdomen. You also are very careful about your diet, watching your calories, carbs and sugars like a hawk, but still you can’t get rid of excess belly fat.
  • You successfully lost a large amount of weight—congratulations! You’re discouraged, however, because the missing pounds left behind a sack of sagging skin that no amount of weights or crunches can tighten.
  • Pregnancy has left your abdomen stretched and loose.
  • Genetics and/or body type are not responsive to traditional body toning methods.

If you have any of the above situations and are a woman or man in good general health who does not smoke, you are an ideal candidate for the mini tummy tuck.

What Is Recovery Process For Mini Tummy Tuck?

Just like every type of surgery, mini tummy tuck recovery depends on the patients’ health and age.

The average recovery time for mini tummy tuck is 2 weeks, if you have a good body shape and health then you can recover in two weeks or earlier but if you never exercise or doesn’t have good health then you will take longer.

During these 2 to 3 weeks your doctor will advise you to wear compression garments. A special type of garments made to provide pressure on the treated area for better results.

They can also help you heal faster by improving your blood circulation so you must not forget to wear them.

As you recover your doctor will change tighter compression garments to looser ones.

You can resume light activities after few days if the surgery, such as light crunches!

They will help you recover faster, will help you get rid of stiffness, pain, swelling along with improving your results.

Furthermore, after two weeks you can go back to your work and start some if the daily exercises like running and walking to avoid blood clots.

After 6 weeks you will be recovered fully. You can continue exercises like weight lifting and other exercises and continue your normal life along with mini tummy tuck results.

If you are still recovering from your surgery then here are some tips to help you:

• Stay hydrated: Staying hydrate is the key to make your skin look healthier. It will also help you wash away medicines and anesthesia for your body

• Plan a healthy diet: A healthy for any surgery shouldn’t include any carbohydrates, they may ruin your surgery so you must try veggies and make sure to stay away from sodas.

• Have plenty of sleep: A healthy sleep outline will keep you fresh and active which us something good for a recovery process so don’t feel bad if you oversleep these days!

Procedure Details

The mini tummy tuck is less invasive than the traditional tummy tuck. It works best for patients with a moderate amount of excess fat or skin. Our expert plastic surgeon will make an incision in the abdomen and the muscles below the belly button will be tightened and excess fat removed using liposuction. (You can also do a fat transfer and use the fat removed from your abdomen to add volume to other areas of your body such as breasts or buttocks.) There is no need to reposition the belly button with a mini tummy tuck.

The procedure is done under local anesthesia and takes about two to three hours to complete. Patients must have someone to drive them home after the procedure and it is recommended that someone stay with you for the first one to two days post surgery. Most patients can return to work in five to seven days. After 12 hours of rest immediately following the surgery, walking is encouraged, but a return to your regular exercise and heavy lifting should be avoided for five to six weeks after the procedure.


The best candidates for a mini tummy tuck will have little to no excess skin or muscle that they’d like to tighten for a firmer, more toned appearance. Therefore, those who are extremely active and physically fit, as well as men and women with very thin, slender builds, can usually benefit from a mini abdominoplasty.

How soon can I return to work or normal activities after a mini tummy tuck?

The recovery time after a mini tummy tuck can vary from person to person, but most people can expect to return to work and normal activities within 1 to 2 weeks. However, this timeline can depend on the extent of the procedure, your body’s healing process, and your overall health.

During the first week of recovery, you may experience some swelling, bruising, and discomfort, which can limit your ability to perform strenuous activities.

It’s a good idea to discuss your specific recovery timeline with your surgeon, as they can provide you with personalized guidance based on your individual circumstances.

Can a mini tummy tuck improve the appearance of my belly button?

Yes, a mini tummy tuck can improve the appearance of your belly button, especially if you have excess skin or stretching around the area. During a mini tummy tuck, the surgeon may reshape the belly button to create a more aesthetically pleasing appearance. This can involve repositioning the belly button, resizing it, or reshaping it to achieve a more natural look. However, the extent to which the belly button can be improved depends on the individual’s anatomy and the specific goals of the surgery.

What results can I realistically expect from a mini tummy tuck?

The results of a mini tummy tuck can vary depending on individual factors such as skin elasticity, body type, and the extent of the procedure. In general, you can expect the following results from a mini tummy tuck:

  1. Improved abdominal contour: A mini tummy tuck can help tighten the lower abdominal muscles and remove excess skin and fat, resulting in a flatter and more toned appearance in the lower abdomen.
  2. Reduced bulging: If you have a protruding lower abdomen or “pooch,” a mini tummy tuck can help reduce the bulging and create a smoother abdominal profile.

If you are interested in learning more about the mini tummy tuck, contact one of our Pittsburgh area offices by calling 724-683-7581 and schedule a free consultation today.