Baltimore plastic surgeon, Dr. Janet Woodyard, is an experienced body contouring surgeon and offers abdominoplasty for men and women who desire a more toned abdomen. Sometimes, regardless of how much exercise and dieting a person does, a persistent “pooch” can still appear in the lower stomach. This pooch usually contains a combination of loose skin and pockets of fat that is common among women who have given birth, and both men and women due to the natural aging process. Not all patients are candidates for a full tummy tuck, which is good news to hear during the consultation. Instead, patients that have good skin tone with some loose skin and moderate abdominal stretch may only need a mini tummy tuck. This is a less invasive abdominoplasty procedure that uses a smaller incision and has an easier recovery. It produces outstanding, lasting results for our patients.
"Dr. Woodyard, I sincerely would like to thank you such a kind and patient person and doctor that you are. You make sure that things are understood by the patient and explained thoroughly. Thank you for not being one of many "Stuffy" doctors that we have in healthcare. I would also like to inform you of the professional, very patient and friendly staff. I call the office five times in one day and the hospitality is always the same. They are the poster children of "Customer friendly". I really appreciate you and excited to have experienced you are my doctor."- L / Office Visit / Nov 14, 2017
"Age 62 - Dr. Woodyard is very thorough in her treatments and easy to talk to."- B. / RealSelf / Feb 09, 2018
"Breast Augmentation at 35 - Dr. Woodyard is extremely professional and thorough. She explained everything in full detail, gave me exactly what I wanted, and I am beyond pleased with my results!!"- E. / RealSelf / Feb 08, 2018
"I was very pleased with the service and level of comfort I received from the Dr. and Ashley. It was a bit scary at first but Ashley made me feel very comfortable each time I had a treatment. I highly recommend this office for your plastic surgery needs."- S.F. / Google / Nov 05, 2017
"Love the New Me!!! - I had been searching, reviewing and interviewing various surgeons in the DMV area for over 2 years. I've been on Real self over 5 years. After meeting Dr. Woodyard, I knew she was THE ONE!!!!. And I was not disappointed with the outcome!!! I had full tummy tuck,lipo to: back, flanks lower abs, and inner thighs. I'm 2months post and LOVE my new body. Inner thighs need some additional work. ..."- S. / RealSelf / Sep 06, 2017
Techniques of both full abdominoplasty and mini tummy tuck can be very similar. However , a smaller incision may be used with the mini tummy tuck as a smaller area is treated. Sometimes it also depends on the amount of loose skin that will be removed. Liposuction may be used with this surgery. During the procedure, excess skin is removed and the remaining skin and underlying tissues are pulled tight. The result is a flat and more toned belly. The belly button is unaffected with this surgery because it typically does not need to be repositioned. The scar is usually limited to the lower abdomen and mostly hidden beneath undergarments and swimwear.
A mini tummy tuck is performed in an accredited surgical facility, under general anesthesia. The surgery typically takes between 1-2 hours. Patients are released from the hospital following this surgery. The recovery period can take 6-8 weeks; this is the clearance normally given to resume with strenuous activities and exercise. Patients report high satisfaction of their surgical results and love having a well-shaped, tighter abdomen. Results after a mini tummy tuck are permanent. However, pregnancy or unnecessary weight gain will compromise the results so it’s best to maintain a proper diet and regular exercise.
A mini tummy tuck can cost between $4,000 to $6,000. Overall, it is less expensive than a traditional (regular) or extended abdominoplasty procedure.
Plan Your Procedure
- Total Cost
- $4,000 - $6,000
- Recovery Time
- 4-6 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1-2 Hours
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Mini Tummy Tuck FAQs
Patients who are candidates for a mini tummy tuck may also be candidates for liposuction as an isolated procedure. If loose skin is involved, however, liposuction will not be able to treat this. Liposuction is reserved for fat removal only. The only way to address loose skin is through a skin tightening procedure. A thorough assessment will be conducted during the initial consultation and the appropriate treatment plan recommended.
The mini tummy tuck procedure can be done even if a patient has an existing C-section scar. Typically, the incision made with a mini tummy tuck will be made just below the C-section scar. With this new incision, the loose skin is removed. The area will be pulled tight combining the two incisions into one. This new incision line usually heals nicely and often can be concealed under bathing suits and undergarments.
We would advise a patient to delay the mini tummy tuck surgery if there are still plans of having children. This kind of treatment should take place after all pregnancies have been completed. The goal of any tummy tuck procedure is to tighten the abdominal wall. Pregnancy after a tummy tuck can compromise the surgical results.