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
"San Antonio look no further - Omg... This man is amazing... I moved to san antonio texas from california. I had a awesome plastic surgeon there, and I thought I wouldn't get that lucky again. Forget luck, this man is a true blessing. And his staff is wonderful, great patient care and bedside manners. And I don't want to leave dr. Womack out the anesthesiologist. He was too cool. I really appreciate you dr. Decherd your..."- T. / RealSelf / Oct 12, 2018
"I had an amazing experience from the beginning to the end with Dr. Decherd and his staff. Dr. Decherd is very professional and knowledgeable, he advised me about the procedure that would give me the best results and I love the results. I am beyond satisfied. It's been nine months since my surgery, and I am feeling great. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I highly recommend Dr. Decherd to anyone looking for the best plastic surgeon in San Antonio."- M.F. / Google / Oct 05, 2018
"The only thing better than Dr. Dechard's skill level is his bedside manner and staff. I had my procedure done back in March and from my 1st consultation, throughout my last follow up, I have experienced nothing but joy every time I go. I felt more comfortable and at ease than I had ever felt with any other doctor or surgeon. His staff is beyond professional and kind. And their office is prompt and never delayed or behind schedule. They always make you feel welcome and valued. Dr. Dechard is knowledgeable, thoughtful, and caring in his overall approach. I experienced very little pain due to his deft hand. All of the staff that assisted in the surgery were top knotch. My ABS are flawless and flat as a board. My pubic region is where it should be after 2 kids. And my thighs are streamline and no longer rubbing when I jog. Yeah!!! I cannot say enough about how much I love this office and Dr. DECHARD. Go for your consultation and you will know the difference. Thank you Dr. DECHARD"- M. / Google / Sep 19, 2018
"Thrilled with my new tummy! - After having 6 children I was in desperate need of a tummy tuck. I had a lot of loose skin and a hernia. Dr. Decherd did an amazing job fixing it. I’m 17 days out and even though I have a lot of healing ahead of me I’m already thrilled with my new belly. The scar is nice and low and he got rid of my hernia. He's very straightforward and to the point. He’s not going to coddle you, but he’s ..."- B. / RealSelf / Sep 08, 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.