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
"Dr. Woodyard has been a GIFT from the Universe!!! I suffered for over 20 years with severe Diastasis Recti (muscle separation) due to 6 pregnancies and with that I’ve had 2 herniated discs in my lower back. She got me in, assessed the problem and went to work!!! I’m still healing so I won’t post my photos yet but when I say the SNATCHED waist is one I’ve NEVER had and now I do!!! I’m so happy with my results!!! Elise, you have been so great in the process being there every step of the way and I thank you!!! Best patient coordinator EVER!!! Morgan, thank you for being so gentle and genuine in our conversations!!! You are AMAZING!!! The best assistance to Dr. Woodyard I can say!!! The whole office has treated myself and my family as if we were a part of the family and I couldn’t be more happy with the level of care that we’ve been provided!! Thank you all for your kindness"- A.S. / Google / Jun 06, 2022
"Dr. Woodyard has been a GIFT from the Universe!!! I suffered for over 20 years with severe Diastasis Recti (muscle separation) due to 6 pregnancies and with that I’ve had 2 herniated discs in my lower back. She got me in, assessed the problem and went to work!!! I’m still healing so I won’t post my photos yet but when I say the SNATCHED waist is one I’ve NEVER had and now I do!!! I’m so happy with my results!!! Elise, you have been so great in the process being there every step of the way and I thank you!!! Best patient coordinator EVER!!! Morgan, thank you for being so gentle and genuine in our conversations!!! You are AMAZING!!! The best assistance to Dr. Woodyard I can say!!! The whole office has treated myself and my family as if we were a part of the family and I couldn’t be more happy with the level of care that we’ve been provided!! Thank you all for your kindness"- A.S. / Facebook / Jun 05, 2022
"I’ve been coming to DR Woodyard since 2019. She provides excellent customer service. She provides product information in detail to help you select the best solution for the best results. I have been pleased with my results on each and every visit. I can’t imagine going anywhere else. In just in the past month I had to pleasure of meeting Aesthetician Stacy. She has one of the best personalities I have ever come across. she is passionate about what she does, and also she is very knowledgeable about skin care for all Skin types ….Let’s not forget about the VI peel!!! She has my skin looking AMAZING 🤩 and with the skin regimen for maintenance thereafter, it keeps you on top of the skin game and promotes healthy and flawless skin. If you have not gone to see these two Women of excellence your missing out on a great, and a life changing experience !! Book an appointment and see the deference in you."- K.S. / Google / Nov 19, 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.