Mini Tummy Tuck in Tampa & Sarasota, FL

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Mini Tummy Tuck with Dr. Jiles

If you are carrying extra pounds on your waist that seem resistant to diet and exercise, you are not alone. The good news is that there are several procedures to target this area of the body, and Dr. Jiles is here to help you decide which is right for you to address your specific problems.

Dr. Jiles of Sarasota Surgical Arts is a talented cosmetic surgeon with fellowship training in mini tummy tucks as well as many other procedures. Dr. Jiles offers mini tummy tuck surgery in Sarasota, Fl.

What is a Mini Tummy Tuck?

A mini tummy tuck¹ is one of many options to create a flatter abdomen. It is particularly ideal for women who have excess or loose skin of the lower abdomen, and have tighter skin of the upper abdomen. Using a shorter incision than a traditional tummy tuck, a strip of skin and fatty tissue is removed from the lower abdomen and the defect is sutured closed. The scar will be hidden below the level of the panties or a bathing suit bottom. This incision has the added benefit of a lift to the mons pubis as well. The entire upper and lower abdomen is treated with liposuction to remove fat. The procedure can be modified to some extent, based on an the desire of the individual patient. If the muscle wall of the lower abdomen is particularly lax, the muscle of the lower abdomen may be repaired at that time. Also, liposuction may be used in more areas, including the flanks and lower back to shape the entire torso. This is referred to a “mini tuck with 360 lipo” because liposuction is carried out completely around the torso. A mini tummy tuck is particularly attractive for a busy working woman that wants to have a quicker recovery, and shorter incision. If the muscle is not repaired, it may be less painful as well.

Motivations for a Mini Tummy Tuck

Women seeking a mini tummy tuck have one or more of the following complaints:

  • Stubborn fat and sagging skin of the lower abdomen, however, the skin around the belly button is tight
  • Stubborn fat of the flanks and lower back areas as well
  • Desire a lift to the mons pubis
  • May also have to bulge lower abdominal muscles
  • Desire a quicker recovery, shorter incision, and less pain than a traditional tummy tuck

Advantages of a Mini Tummy Tuck:

  • removes excess skin and fat from the lower abdomen
  • more fat from the entire upper and lower abdomen can be removed via liposuction in the same procedure
  • the lower abdominal muscle may also be repaired at that time
  • may have less pain and quicker recovery than the full traditional abdominoplasty²

Who is a Good Candidate for a Mini Tummy Tuck?

Ideal candidates are not smokers, or are able to stop all nicotine products and vaping for 1 month prior and 1 month after the surgery. This is important for wound healing. In general, good candidates for elective surgery do not have uncontrolled medical conditions, and their BMI is ideally under 35. These things do not necessarily exclude you from having a surgery with Dr. Jiles. If these areas are a concern, be sure to ask Dr. Jiles and she will make arrangements to best have your needs met to make the surgery as safe as possible.

Mini Tummy Tuck Before and After: What to Expect

Your Mini Tummy Tuck Consult With Dr. Jiles:

You will have your consultation with Dr. Jiles at Sarasota Surgical Arts, where she will get your detailed medical history and do an exam of your abdomen.

Mini Tummy Tuck Surgery:

Your surgery will be performed at the accredited outpatient surgery center at Sarasota Surgical Arts. On the day of your surgery a licensed anesthesia provider will place you under general ³. During that time you will be closely monitored for your safety and comfort. As you awake in the recovery room, you will be assisted by one of our excellent nursing staff. You will be wearing a compression garment and will have post operative medications prescribed such as pain medication to keep you comfortable, as well as antibiotics.

Recovery Timeline:

Anticipate approximately 2 weeks off from work following the procedure to optimize the comfort of your recovery. The worst phase of your post operative pain will subside after the first few days. You will likely have a drain that will be removed by about 2 weeks after the surgery. Plan to not drive the first week or for the remainder of time that you are taking pain medication.

Mini Tummy Tuck Results: What To Expect

You will immediately notice the difference in your shape after the surgery. There will be significant swelling and bruising of the areas treated with liposuction for up to 2 weeks. After that the swelling subsides and continues to gradually go away until the final healing which occurs between 3 to 6 months for most patients. The incision will gradually become a thin line, that will be hidden below the waist of panties or a bathing suit bottom.

Dr. Jiles is a skilled cosmetic surgeon with extensive experience in Posterior Body Lift surgery. With skill, and a perfectionist eye she will help you achieve the shape of your dreams.

Sarasota Surgical Arts is a safe, state -of -the- art surgical facility that provides the highest standards in cosmetic surgery. All surgeries that Dr. Jiles provides are performed at this facility in Sarasota, Florida.

Mini Tummy Tuck Pricing

To schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Emily Jiles, call us at (941) 867-7682.

Mini Tummy Tuck Pricing

¹Gallagher, G. (2020, December 7). Everything You Want to Know About a Mini Tummy Tuck. Healthline.

²Regan, J. (2023, July 24). Abdominoplasty. StatPearls – NCBI Bookshelf.

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