The mini tummy tuck procedure is a version of abdominoplasty which only targets the lower part of the abdomen. In a regular abdominoplasty, the entire abdominal region is targeted and reconstructed during the surgery. However, it is common for the lower abdomen to be much more problematic than the entire abdomen for a variety of reasons. First, this region is especially difficult to target with regular exercises and often goes unnoticed. Second, a variety of factors may contribute to an unattractive lower abdomen including excess skin from pregnancy or weight loss or just sagging due to the aging process.
There are a few distinct benefits to having a mini tummy tuck instead of the full tummy tuck Chicago version. They include:
Smaller incisions + more discreet scars
No need to reposition the naval
Shorter recovery time
Many patients can be considered candidates
If you’ve developed a stubborn, lower belly “pooch” due to pregnancy, substantial weight loss or the natural aging process, the mini tummy tuck Chicago may be right for you.
In general, you will be considered an ideal candidate if you are:
In good general health
Close to your ideal body weight
Not planning on becoming pregnant
Interested in addressing excess flab and skin beneath the belly button only
Dr. Kotis will perform your mini tummy tuck under general anesthesia, which means you will be unconscious during the experience. The procedure typically takes around 90 minutes to complete.
To begin, Dr. Kotis will create a small incision along the bikini line. Through that opening, he will remove unwanted fat and tighten lax muscles in the area.
He will then stretch your remaining skin downward, close the incisions with sutures, and trim away any excess tissue.
Because only the lower abdomen is addressed with this mini tummy tuck Chicago procedure, Dr. Kotis will not need to reposition your naval. However, in some cases he may perform liposuction simultaneously to help shape your stomach into an ideal contour.
During the mini tummy tuck Chicago procedure, Dr. Kotis will make an incision and remove excess fat and skin from the targeted area. Once excess skin and fat are removed, the skin will be pulled taut over the area, and sutures will close the incision and hold the tightened skin in place. The procedure is relatively short and typically takes only an hour or two. Results are visible immediately, but will continue to develop over the next few months from this tummy tuck procedure.
If you are unhappy with the look of your abdomen, it is best to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kotis. At the consultation, Dr. Kotis will help you determine if a Chicago abdominoplasty or mini tummy tuck would be more appropriate for achieving your desired results. Strong candidates for a mini tummy tuck in Chicago will be close to his or her ideal weight, finished having children and in good health. The mini tummy tuck results are optimally observed in individuals with excess skin or wrinkling in the region underneath the belly button. Most candidates cite weight loss or pregnancy as the initial factors that contribute to his or her frustration with this region.
Tummy tuck costs in Chicago will vary depending on the extent of surgery. This procedure can vary among patients and is different depending on the desired outcome. At a consultation with Dr. Kotis, he will listen to your goals, make suggestions for the procedure accordingly and give you an estimated tummy tuck cost for the agreed upon procedure. Our office proudly offers CareCredit® and Prosper® financing options and accepts cash, credit card and check for payment. Visit our financing page for more information.
We honor written quote for procedures from any board certified plastic surgeon for tummy tuck cost. Listed pricing is all inclusive – no hidden fees (includes pre-op, post-op visits and fees for the surgeons, facility, and anesthesia).
When you awaken from surgery, you will be taken to the recovery room so that we can monitor you closely and ensure your safety. You should be free to return home within a few hours.
During the early days of recovery from your Abdominoplasty, it’s important to:
Take your pain medication as prescribed to manage any post-operative discomfort
Begin walking gently around the house as soon as possible
Wear your compression garment as directed to support your new contours
Avoid strenuous activity and heavy lifting for several weeks
Although your individual timeline will vary, most of our Chicago patients are able to return to sedentary work within one week of their mini tummy tuck procedure.
A tummy tuck may be best utilized if packaged with other procedures:
It may be the best utilization for you, both financially and for an overall look, to package your tummy tuck within a full mommy makeover procedure which Dr. Kotis specializes in delivering.
A mini tummy tuck involves smaller incisions, and more discreet scars, which are placed just above the pubic area. This small scar is invisible when wearing a bikini or low-cut panties. As the navel is not repositioned in this procedure, the incisions are much smaller, and the surgery requires a shorter recovery time.
While it is advised that you delay tummy tuck surgery until after you are done having children, surprises can happen, or people change their minds and want another child. If you do get pregnant after your tummy tuck, it should not cause you any problem carrying your baby to term – but the growing baby could once again stretch skin, muscle, and tissue, which is why we advise waiting until your childbearing days are over to undergo a tummy tuck. If a pregnancy occurs, affecting your abdomen, a surgery can be performed, although many patients may not require revision surgery.
After surgery, it is normal to have some soreness, swelling, and bruising, as well as some changes in sensation, all of which are temporary. Most tummy tuck Chicago patients will be able to return to work within one to two weeks following the surgery, if the work duties do not include any vigorous physical activity. If your procedure included tightening the muscles in the lower abdomen, you will need to walk in a slightly bent position for about two weeks to avoid putting stress on the incision.
You will need to wait in the range of four to six weeks to return to strenuous activities such as an exercise program, although you should take gentle walks starting the day following surgery to aid circulation and speed healing. The soreness will continue for several weeks but is easily managed with prescription pain medication in the early stages, followed by over-the-counter pain medication.
A mini tummy tuck involves removing excess skin and tissue from the lower abdomen. You will be under general anesthesia and will not feel any pain or discomfort during the procedure, which requires about one to two hours to complete. While you are unconscious from the anesthesia, our plastic surgeon will make a small incision at the bikini line. Once the incision is made, excess fat will be removed, and loosened or separated muscles tightened, and excess skin removed (often the location of most of stretch marks). When necessary, some excess fat may be removed with liposuction during the procedure.
As long as you maintain a healthy weight and live a healthy lifestyle, including exercise, your results will last for years. If you gain a significant quantity of weight or become pregnant, the results will be affected, as the skin, muscles, and tissues will once again stretch. Essentially, this change is for a lifetime if you take care of yourself and avoid gaining weight.
One of the great benefits of a mini tummy tuck is that the incision is smaller and lower on the body. The recovery time is typically shorter. This tummy tuck Chicago procedure is often appropriate for those who do not have a larger quantity of excess fat, tissue and skin on the abdomen. A full tummy tuck involves moving the location of the belly button, but a mini tummy tuck does not require this added step. Only the lower abdomen is addressed in a mini tummy tuck procedure.
“I had a tummy tuck done by Dr. Kotis 8 weeks ago and it was one of the best things I've ever done. At the initial consultation, Dr. Kotis took his time and made sure all of my questions were answered and concerns addressed. Everyone on his team is warm and friendly, and they made sure that I was comfortable and happy throughout the entire process. Surgery day was smooth and I recovered well. Dr. Kotis even called to check in on me later that night. My post-operative care has been wonderful. Although there is obvious swelling, the results from this surgery are immediate and amazing, and it continues to look better every day... better than I ever imagined. Dr. Kotis is an incredible surgeon; he and his team made this whole experience so much better than I hoped! I am so happy with the results and I would recommend him to anyone.
— C.B., Chicago, IL