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 got a breast augmentation and wow he did an awesome job! Perfect size and they look natural as well."- A. / Healthgrades / Feb 12, 2020
"Dr. Descherd and his team were amazing. I went in for a tummy tuck, complicated by a very large hernia and abdominal separation. I couldn’t be more pleased with my results! For 15 years I lived with no core strength; I couldn’t even balance on one foot to get dressed in the morning. Now, I am taking control of my body and my life, and I wouldn’t have been able to without Dr. Descherd! I feel phenomenal. He and his staff were friendly, knowledgeable, and accommodating. 10/10 would do again!"- B.K. / Google / Feb 09, 2020
"I am very happy with Dr. Decherd, his staff, and my final results. I had rhinoplasty surgery 13 months ago. I spent 2 years researching and deciding if I wanted to go through with the procedure. I flew to Houston and San Antonio to meet with Doctors, and spoke with others in Dallas. Needless to say...I was going to be a high maintenance client. I went to see Dr. Decherd for the first time about something completely unrelated. After leaving his office and processing my experience with him and his staff (Heather in particular), I made another appointment to discuss rhinoplasty. After I made the decision to move forward, I met with Dr. Decherd three additional times. Each time I had a full page of questions for him. He answered all of my questions and I did not feel rushed. I was nervous and kind of embarrassed to ask some of my questions but I asked anyway because I didn't want to leave any questions un answered. He never made me feel dumb for asking the questions and he took every question I had seriously. This is something that was VERY important to me. I felt more comfortable every time I left his office. Every time I met with Dr. Decherd he always had another female present in the room. I thought this was very professional. The day of surgery went very smoothly. I was really happy with the private surgical facility. Very clean, private, and comfortable. Fast forwarding to the present...it takes 12-18 months to see the final results from a rhinoplasty procedure. That is why I'm writing this review 13 months later. Before my surgery I was uncomfortable taking pictures, I felt bad/sad when I looked in the mirror, and I had pain from the injury which cased my problem in the first place. Today, I look in the mirror and have the opposite thoughts. I LOVE my nose. I am very happy and appreciative of the attention, patience, and kindness Dr. Decherd and his staff has shown me. Thank you!!"- A.T. / Google / Jan 31, 2020
"Dr. Decherd is very knowledgeable, nice and caters to all your needs. Very happy and loving my results! My procedure was great I had no complications and he answered all my questions. Staff is also very quick to answer any after hour question."- M.G. / Google / Jan 28, 2020
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.