Mini Tummy Tuck

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Mini Tummy Tuck Orange County

A mini tummy tuck – or, as it’s more commonly known, a mini-abdominoplasty– is essentially a partial tummy tuck. Many people have heard of a standard tummy tuck before; in fact, they’re one of the most popular cosmetic procedures performed across the U.S. [1] A standard tummy tuck uses a horizontal incision across the lower abdomen to remove skin and fat. The abdominal muscles are tightened at the same time, and the belly button remains in its natural location in the newly tightened skin. With a mini tummy tuck, the incision is much smaller and only the lower abdomen is addressed; this means that less skin and fat can be removed, but it’s still enough to make a noticeable difference in the appearance of the abdomen.

You deserve the care, expertise, and accreditation of Dr. Wael Kouli of Esthetica Center for Cosmetic Surgery. He has extensive experience performing mini tummy tuck surgery and will work closely with you to ensure the best outcome possible. Patients in Newport Beach and the Orange County area will be delighted by the skilled techniques and masterful results of Dr. Kouli’s surgical hands. Get started by scheduling your consultation. Call (949) 721-1113 or fill out our contact form.

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Mini Abdominoplasty in Orange County

Mini abdominoplasty, introduced in 1987, is a reliable way to combat skin laxity and fat excess in the lower abdomen for women. However, full abdominoplasty remains the most common option. [2] Today, a tummy tuck is indicated for postpartum women who have stretch marks and/or lax skin. For patients with only mild excess skin, a mini tuck may be a more suitable option. If you are considering this type of body contouring procedure, there is some important information to know before making your final decision.

The procedure itself involves the removal of excess fat and skin around the lower abdominal area. The primary aim of this type of surgery is to:

  • Flatten and tighten the abdomen
  • Remove sagging skin
  • Create a more contoured shape

The mini abdominoplasty procedure is less involved than a traditional full tummy tuck and focuses solely on tightening the abdominal area below the belly button. This procedure can be used to remove excess skin and fat around the lower abdomen, as well as tighten weak or separated abdominal muscles that have been stretched due to pregnancy or weight gain.

What are the Benefits of a Mini Tummy Tuck?

Some patients may need full abdominoplasty to reach their aesthetic goals. These patients are generally looking for a full body contour transformation. For others, the benefits of a mini tummy tuck may be enough to help them look and feel their best.

The mini abdominoplasty procedure can:

  • Help tone and flatten the abdomen
  • Remove unwanted fat deposits around the lower abdomen
  • Tighten muscles in the lower stomach
  • Preserve the navel
  • Improve self-confidence

The mini tummy tuck is a quick and relatively simple recovery period with reduced scarring since the procedure does not involve major incisions, and they are easily hidden with a bikini bottom or underwear.

Candidates for Surgery

Patients who have good skin laxity and only need a slight improvement in their abdominal contour may be good candidates for the mini abdominoplasty procedure. In addition, individuals who are in relatively good shape but have excess skin or stretched-out muscles in their lower abdomen area can also benefit from this type of body contouring procedure.

The surgery is especially effective for patients who have gotten in shape later in life when age may play a role in the skin remaining loose even with strong underlying musculature. Furthermore, individuals have lost significant weight or gone through multiple pregnancies which may have caused their abdominal muscles and skin to become stretched and weak.

Candidates should be prepared to discuss their individual objectives with Dr. Kouli to ensure that they have realistic expectations of what can be achieved by a mini tummy tuck. Part of the patient satisfaction process is to ensure that patients understand what can, and cannot, be achieved with the surgery.

Ultimately, the best way to determine if you are a good candidate for a mini abdominoplasty is to schedule an in-person consultation with Dr. Kouli.

Personal Consultation

While the procedure is less extensive, it still requires the same attention and skill from a board-certified plastic surgeon. Dr. Kouli has spent years perfecting his craft and is experienced with all aspects of body contouring surgery.

Each patient will leave his practice with a newfound boost of confidence and self-esteem. Dr. Kouli will walk you through the entire process from start to finish, discussing all associated risks and benefits so that you are fully informed before making any decisions. He will also listen carefully to your concerns and make sure that the results are perfectly tailored to your individual aesthetic goals.

The consultation is a great opportunity for you to learn about the other treatments and procedures available at Esthetica Center for Cosmetic Surgery, such as liposuction, breast augmentation, and more. Dr. Kouli can also provide you with before and after photos of his patients so that you can get a better sense of what to expect from the mini tummy tuck procedure.

Contact us today to schedule your personal consultation and get started on your journey to a more beautiful you! Call (949) 721-1113 or fill out our contact form. We look forward to hearing from you!

Preparing for Your Mini Abdominoplasty

Preparing for surgery is an important part of ensuring your safety and comfort during the procedure. Dr. Kouli will provide you with detailed instructions on how to prepare for a mini tummy tuck, including what medications to take (or avoid) and other important tips.

It is also important that patients refrain from smoking or drinking alcohol in the weeks leading up to their surgery, as these activities can increase the risk of complications. [3]

To prepare for your day of surgery, please also:

  • Arrange for a ride home after surgery
  • Ask for help at home the first night after your procedure
  • Prepare your recovery space at home
  • Gather your pain medication to help with healing

The Mini Tummy Tuck Procedure

During the mini abdominoplasty procedure, patients can expect to be under general anesthesia and will likely spend anywhere from two to three hours in surgery.

The mini tummy tuck only focuses on the area below the belly button. An incision a few inches below the navel allows Dr. Kouli to fix lower abdominal muscles and remove loose skin. The remaining skin is pulled tight over the lower abdomen, which then eliminates any sign of a stomach bulge.

Your incisions will be closed and dressed and you will be fitted with a compression garment. Our staff will observe you for a period of time until you are awake and alert from anesthesia. This is a reminder that you will need someone to help drive you home after surgery.

Recovery After Mini Tummy Tuck

Patients who have undergone a mini abdominoplasty procedure typically experience some swelling and discomfort for several days after surgery, but this should subside within a week or two. However, it is important to note that recovery time may vary depending on the individual patient’s overall health and other factors.

During the recovery period, it is important to rest and follow Dr. Kouli’s instructions for post-op care. Patients should also wear their compression garment or abdominal binder to help reduce swelling and support the healing tissues until cleared for removal.

Most patients will be able to return to minimal, low-impact activities within a few days of surgery, though strenuous activities may need to be avoided for a few weeks. It is also important patients do not lift anything heavier than 10 pounds for the first few weeks after surgery.

Dr. Kouli will provide detailed instructions on what to expect during your post-op recovery period and how best to manage any discomfort you may experience at this time. Follow-up visits are also necessary in order to monitor your progress and ensure proper healing. These follow-up visits are typically scheduled within the first few weeks after surgery and may continue for up to three months.

What are the Results of a Mini Tummy Tuck?

Most patients are generally pleased with the results of their mini abdominoplasty and find that the procedure has helped them achieve a flatter, more toned lower abdomen. The results of the procedure can last for several years if healthy lifestyle habits are maintained.

The results of a mini tummy tuck can be subtle or dramatic depending on where the patient began and what the underlying musculature looks like. Patients may even experience improved posture and an overall slimmer silhouette. The incision scars are typically small and easily hidden beneath clothing or a bathing suit bottom.

Dr. Kouli is committed to helping his patients achieve their body contouring goals, and the mini tummy tuck is a great way to do that. With his experienced guidance and support throughout the process, you can be confident that you will be left with long-lasting results you’ll want to show off.

What is the Cost of a Mini Tummy Tuck in Newport Beach, CA?

The cost of a mini tummy tuck in Newport Beach, CA can vary based on the complexity of the procedure and other factors. Dr. Kouli will provide you with an individualized quote for your surgery during your initial consultation.

At Esthetica Center for Cosmetic Surgery, we understand that you want to get the most from your experience and we hope all of our patients walk away feeling as satisfied as we feel after a beautiful transformation.

If you’ve been considering a mini tummy tuck, now is the perfect time to contact Esthetica Center for Cosmetic Surgery. Call (949) 721-1113 today to learn more about the mini tummy tuck procedure. We look forward to hearing from you!


  1. American Society of Plastic Surgeons. PLASTIC SURGERY STATISTICS REPORT 2020.; 2020.
  2. Hoyos Ariza AE, Perez Pachon ME. High-Definition Excisional Body Contouring: Mini Lipoabdominoplasty (FIT Mommy) and Enhanced Viability Abdominoplasty. Clinics in Plastic Surgery. 2020;47(3):415-428. doi:10.1016/j.cps.2020.03.008
  3. Coon D, Tuffaha S, Christensen J, Bonawitz SC. Plastic Surgery and Smoking. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 2013;131(2):385-391. doi:10.1097/prs.0b013e318277886a