Mini Tummy Tuck

Mini Tummy Tuck in Boca Raton FL

Palm Beach County is known for sunny coastal style and beautiful beaches. With men and women striving for beach-ready bodies, diet and exercise play an essential role in their healthy lifestyles. However, even with hard work to stay in shape, the abdomen is a problem spot for many.

Mini tummy tucks in Boca Raton often suit post-pregnancy figures or help restore an ideal shape after weight loss. If you’re bothered by a stubborn fat roll, protruding “pooch,” or loose belly skin, this contouring cosmetic procedure can boost your confidence in swimwear and form-fitting clothes.

It’s the extra help many people need after they’ve done the work of getting in shape. Depending on your personal needs, a standard tummy tuck, or the mini version might suit you best.

You’re invited to discover the benefits of a mini tummy tuck in Boca Raton and Palm Beach County. Dr. Scott Farber, board-certified plastic surgeon, will listen to you and plan the best abdominoplasty to match your goals. Contact our helpful team and let’s get started.

What is the mini tummy tuck, Boca Raton’s best-kept secret?

A mini tuck is ideal for those with a little extra skin who don’t need full vertical muscle repair. Skilled plastic surgeons customize tummy tucks to suit each patient, and there are a variety of approaches to meet a diverse array of patient needs and goals.

The mini isn’t right for everyone, and there are a few differences between full and mini options for the tummy tuck.

A standard tummy tuck ( full abdominoplasty) removes significant excess skin and abdominal fat while repairing weakened abdominal muscles. Pregnancy can stretch the skin and separate muscles, but men and women both experience tissue laxity due to weight fluctuations or age. When dramatic tissue changes are desired, a full abdominoplasty may be most appropriate.

When cosmetic issues are minor, less invasive approaches can achieve just the right amount of improvement. The mini is different from a full tummy tuck in that it uses a shorter incision, removes less skin, and focuses on changes below the belly button.

Benefits of the mini abdominoplasty include:

  • Potential for local anesthesia and IV sedation instead of general anesthesia
  • Shorter, lower abdomen scar and a more easily hidden incision
  • The ability to get rid of an old C-section scar
  • Shorter recovery period
  • Shorter time in the OR
  • The navel is not altered
  • Reduced or eliminated stretch marks
  • Reduction of excess skin on the lower belly
  • Repair of minor muscle separation in the lower abdomen

No matter the reason for changes in your midsection, living with them can be damaging to self-esteem. Some people feel shy to work out at the gym or to be intimate with their partner due to focus on their tummy.  Following a mini tummy tuck, Boca Raton patients report feeling significantly more confident in tight workout clothes and skin-baring styles. 

Meet Dr. Farber

Dr. Scott Farber is a fourth-generation physician, and practices as an aesthetic surgeon in Boca Raton, Florida. Having trained and honed his skills at some of the nations’ most prestigious institutions, his expertise is widely sought after. He believes in serving others and seeing the beauty in all things and brings this passion to his surgical career. He develops personalized treatment plans together with his patients, ensuring that their expectations and desires are met.

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Your Boca Raton mini tummy tuck- the procedure

Your surgery will be performed by our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Farber. During the operation, excess skin is carefully removed, along with some fat if necessary.

The incision is placed low on the abdomen, where it will naturally sit below the underwear line. A small ellipse of skin will be removed to tighten the area, and internal, dissolvable sutures draw edges together. Thin, sticky tapes will be applied to protect the opening, with light gauze dressings and a stretchy compression garment on top.

The entire procedure may take just 1.5-2.5 hours.

Mini Tummy Tuck FAQs

All the sutures placed are dissolvable, so they don’t require removal.

You may feel some tension on your abdomen, and you’ll be advised to walk and sleep with a slight bend at the waist for the first week. Your surgeon will likely advise you to wear a specialized compression garment for 3-6 weeks because it helps reduce swelling and lowers the risk of fluid accumulation. It hides fairly easily under clothes, and most people like its supportive feel.

It’s essential to take as much time as you need and arrange for some help at home with childcare and housework for the first week or two as you recover.

Dr. Farber will prescribe pain medication to enhance your comfort during your early recovery, though many patients switch to over the counter pain relievers after the first week. 

Our patients take 1-2 weeks off work, but you’ll be given specific instructions depending on the nature of your daily activities. You’ll be advised to avoid aerobic activity and lifting anything more than 10lbs for three weeks as you heal. Light exercise can begin after 3 weeks, and most people resume regular activity by 6 weeks post-op.

To ensure that you are satisfied with your outcome, it’s essential to understand what a mini abdominoplasty can and can’t do. This cosmetic surgery is designed to improve lower abdominal contours and target problem areas, but it’s not a weight-loss tool. Patients don’t lose significant weight through any form of tummy tuck.

Separated abdominal muscles can be tightened below the navel. For those with extensive separation (diastasis recti), a full or hybrid abdominoplasty may be advised. Likewise, sagging skin above the belly button won’t be addressed with a mini tummy tuck.

Boca Raton mini tummy tuck candidates should be at their goal weight and be non-smokers.

Certain medications may interfere with recovery, so your surgeon will discuss your health and prescriptions.  

Those who are happy with their abdomen overall, but want to smooth and “flatten” the lower portion, are likely to appreciate the subtle but satisfying benefits of this procedure.

Adding surgical or non-surgical treatments to your abdominoplasty may be the best way to see the comprehensive improvements you want. For instance, patients may notice breast volume loss or experience sagging of the breasts after pregnancy and lactation.

A combined procedure known as a Mommy Makeover may be appealing to you. This popular term simply describes the combination of two or more procedures combined for restoration of the post-baby body.  

A breast lift, breast reduction, or breast augmentation, along with the chosen abdominoplasty technique, can complete your makeover.

It’s essential to choose a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon experienced in various body contouring procedures. Dr. Farber will explain your options and whether a combination could reduce recovery time and maximize your results.  

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There are numerous associated benefits with taking your physical appearance into your own hands. Confidence and comfort within yourself are essential to a healthy, enjoyable lifestyle. Change is good, but not necessarily an easy decision to make.

If you are ready to explore changing some aspects of yourself with a trusted plastic surgeon, reach out to us at Farber Plastic Surgery. We can have an informal phone or email discussion, or you can schedule an appointment to meet the team and discuss what comes next for you.

We look forward to hearing from you and helping you become the best version of you that you can be!


Your mini tummy tuck consultation with Dr. Farber

The benefits our patients report after their body shaping surgery are multiple. They’ve often struggled to shed those last few pounds and felt self-conscious about extra skin or a protruding pot-belly.

They’re often impressed with the fast recovery and love how their slimmer figure looks in clothes, in swimwear, or in nothing at all. The positive effects are felt inside and out as body confidence improves.

Change is good, but we want to help you make the right choice for you. If you’re considering aesthetic surgery, we welcome you to contact Farber Plastic Surgery. With an informal phone or email discussion, we can help direct your procedure research. We’ll also be happy to schedule an appointment for you to meet the team and plan your next steps.

Your plastic surgeon will provide plenty of information about preparing for surgery and recovery. He’ll examine you, review health history, and help you decide if any other treatments will deliver the outcome you want.

Dr. Farber has performed hundreds of abdominoplasties, and his tummy tuck results have transformed the lives of his patients.

When you’re ready to discuss your mini tummy tuck in Boca Raton, Palm Beach County, Florida, please call 561-503-2700 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Scott Farber.

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