The abdominoplasty procedure varies from patient to patient depending upon the specific situation. In some patients, there is redundant (extra) tissue only in the lower abdomen. In this circumstance, a mini tummy tuck may be an option.
The mini tummy tuck treats only the lower half of the abdomen, and the upper half is not treated. This means that the tissue treated is below the umbilicus (belly button).
The extent to which the abdominoplasty extends to the side or flank depends on the patient’s situation. If there is extra tissue in the flanks then that area is treated as well. This is not a separate procedure but is instead a part of the standard abdominoplasty.
In most patients, the umbilicus (belly button) is left in the same place as before surgery, but it is tighter after the excess skin is removed.
For more information regarding the mini tummy tuck, contact board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gregory Diehl at our Long Island location. From there, you can set up an appointment for a private consultation.