Persistent pockets of abdominal fat and loose, sagging skin can be extremely frustrating for men and women seeking a flat, toned mid-section, especially when exercise and diet fail to flatten them out. Board Certified San Antonio plastic surgeon, Michael E. Decherd, M.D. can help some patients in these situations attain the tummy tone they are looking for with a mini tummy tuck. This surgery is a great alternative to a traditional abdominoplasty for patients who do not need a full hip-to-hip tummy tuck. During consultation, Dr. Decherd, an experienced abdominal surgeon, provides every patient with a comprehensive examination and personalized recommendation. Depending on the amount of abdominal fat, muscle tone and skin laxity, there are a variety of procedures and procedure combinations that may be recommended to help the individual attain their goals.
"First Class! I highly recommend Dr. Decherd and his staff! I was referred to Dr. Decherd by a friend who had a breast augmentation. She was very pleased with the results, I am three weeks out from a tummy tuck, breast lift, and liposuction, and I feel great. Everything went very smoothly. He was very upfront and informative about the procedure and I knew exactly what to expect. He and His staff are very 'down to earth' and I felt very comfortable. All of the ladies at the front desk are very nice and welcoming. His nurse is also top notch. She has been very helpful! I am so excited about my results! It looks great! He did an awesome job!"- T.S. / Google / Oct 16, 2015
"I had my procedure the end of May. My whole experience was amazing. The staff is very sweet and attentive anything I needed, they were ready and available to help me with or accommodate to. The surgery went well and I was very pleased with my results. ?? I am 41 and I must say I feel and look like I’ve erased years off myself. ?? Did I mention that the office is super luxurious with amazing decor and very high tech, but the absolute best part is the snacks; ??candy and chips! Sorry I always get distracted with SNACKS ??. Moving on to the POINT. Dr. Dechard ????? was out of this ?? world. He made me feel comfortable and that is super important to me. I visited 2 other doctors before him but his rapport with me is why I made my decision to chose him. I guess it also helped that when I looked up best plastic surgeons, his name popped up and he had a ton of stars ?? ???????? and GRRRRRRRREAT ?? comments on Google. His nurses ?????????? are so friendly, so pretty and if I emailed them they were right on it. I never felt neglected. Oh by the way everyone working there is super HOT! It’s like they all walked out of a magazine. Not to be superficial or anything but everyone there is not sore on the eyes at all. I must say I was very impressed. I know in the future I’m going to need a couple more procedures just for minor matinance issues Due to future aging, and I honestly feel as if I found my forever Doctor to perform them all!"- L.S. / Google / Aug 10, 2018
"LOVE Dr Decherd!!! If I could give him and his staff a billion stars i would. He did my BA and I could not be more happy than I am right now. I would recommend him to anyone."- M.J. / Google / Aug 03, 2018
"AMAZING!!! Just about sums it all up. I love my new look and Dr. Decherd. Him and his staff are so wonderful and I would recommend him to anyone."- M.J. / Yellowpages / Aug 02, 2018
"I want to say first off I have thought about getting a breast augmentation for years. I saw another highly rated Dr and was so disappointed I left and put it off for another year. I read Dr. Decherds reviews and went to see him. I was immediately comforted by his staff. I saw him one time I must have asked 24 questions but he stayed so patient and kept a smile the whole time. I left knowing this was the doctor for me! I even went back for another consultation bc i had so many questions about size,surgery, and postop. Again Dr. Deckerd and his staff assured me it was common for my concerns and answered them and I was put at ease. I booked my surgery on July 5th .Surgery day came ,I had never had surgery before it went smooth as butter . I couldn't be happier I have recommended him to so many ppl. My friends from Louisiana are planning on coming to see him for their surgeries as well. I also want to note I had a lift with my augmentation I chose 450cc hp silicone."- M.D. / Google / Jul 26, 2018
The technique used for a mini tummy tuck is similar to that of full abdominoplasty. However, with a mini version the incision is much smaller and the area addressed will be just under the belly button. Liposuction is usually used during this procedure to remove excess fat. The excess skin that remains will be pulled tight so that the tummy has a new toned, flat appearance. In most cases, the belly button is unaffected. Scarring, while it does exist, is minimal and is easily concealed under a bathing suit or under garments.
A mini tummy tuck is performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility and typically takes around 1-2 hours. The recovery generally takes about 4-6 weeks; this is when clearance to resume exercise is usually given. No longer forced to “suck it in”, patients love their results and feel that their abdomens look and feel more toned and fit. The results following a mini tummy tuck can be long lasting, unless a pregnancy or significant weight gain occurs, both of which could compromise the results of the surgery.
Abdominoplasty continues to be a popular choice for men and women seeking flatter, tighter stomachs following weight loss and pregnancy. Because a mini tummy tuck is a less extensive surgery than a full abdominoplasty, the cost will be a little less. Most patients can expect to pay between $4,500-$5,700 for a mini tummy tuck.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $4,500 - $5,700
- Recovery Time
- 4-6 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1-2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
Mini Tummy Tuck FAQ's
Can't I Just Have Lipo?
For mini tummy tuck patients, liposuction alone may be a possibility. Liposuction is a procedure that removes fat only. It is a good surgery choice for patients who have good skin tone and tight abdominal muscles. However, it will not benefit those who have sagging skin. When a patient comes to see us for the first time, we will work together to learn the patient’s aesthetic goals and review the procedures that might help meet those goals. For some, even a little hanging skin may warrant a mini tummy tuck.
Women who have had a C-section will typically have a scar that runs horizontally in the lower abdomen. During a mini tummy tuck, an incision will be made very close to the C-section incision. Once the loose skin is trimmed away and the area is pulled tight, the two incisions are essentially combined into one which will allow for only one scar to remain. This scar will still be located in an area that will be hidden by undergarments and a bathing suit bottom.
What if I get Pregnant?
Abdominoplasty surgery should probably be delayed until after all pregnancies have been completed. The goal of a tummy tuck procedure is to tighten the abdominal wall. Getting pregnant after a tummy tuck may spoil the surgical results.