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What is a Mini Tummy Tuck? 

A mini tummy tuck is a variation of the traditional tummy tuck and is performed to remove excess skin and fat from the lower abdomen (usually the area below the belly button). This procedure can help to create a smoother abdominal profile without the extensive nature and downtime required of a traditional tummy tuck procedure. Weak or protruding abdominal muscles can also be corrected, and many patients can benefit from liposuction on the surrounding areas at the same time as their mini tummy tuck. 

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Cost of a Mini Tummy Tuck 

imgMini Tummy Tuck: $8,200

This price includes the patient’s surgical fee and follow-up visits. It also includes the facility fee and any anesthesia costs. This is an estimate and may differ depending on your specific situation. This price does not include the cost of pre-operative physicals, lab tests, or medications. Dr. Rocheford charges $100 for consultations, which is deducted from the price of your surgery or procedure. 


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Who is a Good Candidate for a Mini Tummy Tuck? 

Patients who are dealing with sagging skin and excess fat below the belly button often benefit most from a mini tummy tuck. Patients with excess fat and skin above the belly button or around their sides are often better candidates for a traditional tummy tuck. Mini tummy tuck candidates should have less excess fat and skin than those traditional tummy tuck candidates. During your consultation with Dr. Rocheford, it’s important to discuss your medical history and health so that she can ensure your tummy tuck procedure will be safe and effective. 

The Mini Tummy Tuck Procedure 

A mini tummy tuck procedure can last between two and three hours and is performed under general anesthesia. This tummy tuck requires a short incision just above the pubic hairline, similar to a C-section incision. Lower abdominal muscles are tightened using sutures, and excess abdominal skin and fat are removed. Also, unlike a traditional tummy tuck, an incision is not made around the belly button. Liposuction may also be used to remove excess fat deposits. Once the procedure is complete, the incisions are closed and dressed. You may also be fitted with a compression garment for use during your recovery. 

Mini Tummy Tuck Recovery 

Recovery from a mini tummy tuck is shorter than that of a full tummy tuck. Patients should expect to take seven to 10 days for recovery time, which includes avoiding activities like lifting or exercising. You can expect some swelling, bruising, and discomfort during this time, but these can be managed with prescribed medications. You should wear your compression garment according to Dr. Rocheford’s instructions since this can help manage the swelling, and help the skin adhere to the new contours. If you’ve been fitted with drains at your incision, you’ll receive instructions on how to take care of them until they’re removed at a follow-up appointment. You’ll most likely experience scarring, but Dr. Rocheford can recommend the best products to use during your recovery to reduce their appearance. Mini tummy tuck scars are usually able to be concealed within the pant line, however. After a mini tummy tuck, most patients can return to work and strenuous activities in two weeks. 

Schedule a Consultation 

If you are interested in a mini tummy tuck in the Minneapolis – St. Paul area, Dr. Rocheford can discuss your options and create a mini tummy tuck plan that is unique to you. We also serve the Twin Cities Metro area including St. Paul, Minneapolis, Woodbury, and beyond. Call Rocheford Plastic Surgery at 651-739-1100 or fill out our online form to schedule your appointment. 

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Mini Tummy Tuck FAQs 

How much does a mini tummy tuck cost? 

A mini tummy tuck costs around $5,000 to $6,000. Price can vary depending on your aesthetic goals. 

How long does it take to recover from a mini tummy tuck? 

On average, recovery from a mini tummy tuck takes about 7 to 10 days. Patients can resume activities after around two weeks following the procedure. 

What is a mini tummy tuck? 

A mini tummy tuck removes excess skin and fat from the lower abdomen. This usually means the area below the belly button. A mini tummy tuck is a less extensive version of a traditional tummy tuck. 

How is a mini tummy tuck done? 

During a mini tummy tuck, an incision is made below the belly button. The muscles are tightened with sutures and liposuction can be used to remove unwanted pockets of fat. Finally, excess skin will also be removed before the incision is closed. 

Patient Resources

Whether a new or returning patient, we have plenty of resources to either help you get started or learn more about the procedure process. From patient forms to blogs, we have all the resources you’ll need to prepare yourself for your appointment.

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