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.
"I had a breast reduction from Dr. Woodyard over 23 years ago and I must say I am still SO VERY HAPPY. I have watched some of these plastic surgery shows and recently I saw a show dedicated to women that had had complication from a reduction (the horror). I never thought one could have problems with a reduction but wow can you....I had the best results and experience with Dr. Woodyard and never had any complications and to this day my GIRLS are just as perking and looking great as ever. I remember how professional, caring and informative she was. I trusted her completed and I'm so glad she was worth the trust, as I was young and did not ask many questions. I am grateful now and was grateful then..."- A.A. / Google / Mar 21, 2019
"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
"I had the best consultation today. Dr Woodward was very clear when she explained the pros and cons. This was my 3rd consultation and the prior 2 were horrible, arrogant and rude. I left Doctor Woodyards office feeling confident and totally informed. The front desk ladies were friendly and informative and made me feel comfortable as well."- S.H. / Google / Aug 17, 2021
"I had a VI Advanced Peel on my Face, Neck & Chest with Dermaplaning added on the face for a deeper penetration from the peel. It was the best peel ever. Stacey Edgar did the procedure with ease, confidence and answered all questions. It was a positive process. The office is professional with the best staff. I would recommend trying this new Peel by Stacey."- D.Y. / Google / Jun 23, 2021
"Stacey performed a skinbetter science peel with a one of the best dermaplane's I've ever had. My skin was super soft and had an amazing glow. Best part is, Stacey took her time and I never felt rushed or pressured. I highly recommend Stacey's aesthetic services to anyone who wants the medical grade treatments but with a pampered personal touch."- K.D. / Google / Jun 17, 2021
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.
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- 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.