Understanding the mini tummy tuck

Written by: Mr Maisam Fazel
Edited by: Bronwen Griffiths

You might have heard of a tummy tuck procedure before, but what exactly is a mini tummy tuck? Mr Maisam Fazel, a skilled aesthetic surgeon, explains the differences and why this version of the procedure can be a good option for those with less abdominal skin to be removed.

Who would have a mini tummy tuck?

The mini tummy tuck is a less invasive version of a full tummy tuck (i.e. abdominoplasty). A mini tummy tuck is often recommended to those with less excess abdominal skin to be removed or who do not have a significantly protruding abdominal muscle wall. Often this describes patients whose abdominal skin is beginning to sag due to age, or those who have an overall slim physique but wish to have a more desirable shape around their abdomen.

What does a mini tummy tuck involve?

Either local or general anaesthesia can be used for a mini tummy tuck. An incision is made across the abdomen for skin removal. The length of the incision will depend on how much skin needs to be removed, but in general, incisions for a mini tummy tuck are much smaller than those made for a traditional abdominoplasty. Hence, sometimes, a mini tummy tuck is referred to as a ‘scarless tummy tuck’. In a mini tummy tuck, the surgeon does not have to reposition the navel. Liposuction may be used to help sculpt the tummy into the desired shape. Once the incision is made and the muscles have been tightened, the skin is stretched downwards and stitched into place.

What happens after surgery?

Patients can usually return home from the hospital within a few hours of having mini tummy tuck surgery. They can expect some postoperative pain which can be managed with simple painkillers. The recovery time for a mini tummy tuck is similar to that after having liposuction and patients can usually return to week within a few days of having surgery. However, it is important to refrain from more strenuous activities for a few weeks. You may be given a post-surgical compression garment to wear for a few weeks as well to help with healing.

What can you expect from the results?

Although every patient is different, in height, weight, fat distribution, shape and muscle/skin laxity, patients can expect a flatter abdomen following a mini tummy tuck procedure.


To find out if you are suitable for a mini tummy tuck, make an appointment with an expert.

By Mr Maisam Fazel

Mr Maisam Fazel is a consultant aesthetic, oncoplastic and reconstructive surgeon based at several prominent clinics in London and the Home Counties. He has a unique background in plastic and breast surgery, with a clinical interest in cosmetic surgery, breast reconstruction and breast cancer.

Mr Fazel trained at several leading teaching hospitals in London, Paris, and Milan, and completed several fellowships in both the UK and US, including the prestigious Royal College of Surgeons Cosmetic Fellowship, gaining considerable experience in a variety of cosmetic procedures, and working with some of the top plastic surgeons in the UK. 

Mr Fazel is a leading expert in gynaecomastia surgery having pioneered innovative techniques in this area. He is also well known for his work in post pregnancy body reshaping (mummy makeovers), VASER liposuction, PLEXR soft surgery and variety of oncoplastic techniques used during breast cancer surgery.

Mr Fazel has published widely in his field, with publications in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery to his name, and has regularly presented his work both nationally and internationally. He is also actively involved in breast reconstruction research and has been part of the faculty of the Royal College of Surgeons. He is frequently invited to lecture internationally and is also involved in medical charities in the developing world.

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