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Mini Tummy Tuck
in Novi, Michigan

Mini Tummy Tuck Michigan is an effective cosmetic surgery for many individuals seeking a solution for excess abdominal skin, often due to pregnancy, weight fluctuations, or the natural aging process. It focuses on addressing specific lower abdominal issues, making it an appealing choice for those looking to improve the appearance of their abdominal region without the extensive scope of a full tummy tuck. Our board-certified plastic surgeons, Dr. Gregory Lakin and Dr. Ellen Ozolins, are experts in performing mini tummy tucks and other cosmetic surgery procedures in our Michigan clinic.

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What Is A Mini Tummy Tuck?

A mini tummy tuck is a surgical technique that focuses on improving the appearance of the lower abdominal area. This procedure 
is characterized by usually a shorter incision designed to target excess skin, fat, and muscle laxity below the navel. In a mini tummy tuck procedure, the following key areas are targeted:

Lower Abdominal Skin

Excess skin below the navel or belly button is carefully removed to create a smoother and tighter appearance.

Subcutaneous Fat

Stubborn pockets of fat in the lower abdomen are reduced through liposuction or direct excision, resulting in improved contour.

Minor Muscle Tightening (if necessary)

If there is minor muscle separation in the lower abdomen (diastasis recti), the surgeon may tighten and repair these muscles to restore abdominal tone. However, usually, the mini tummy tuck is less invasive than a full tummy tuck, and we are only removing the excess skin.

Mini Tummy Tuck Before & After

Mini Tummy Tuck Surgery

At Illuum, we take a comprehensive approach to mini tummy tuck procedures. The process begins with the administration of anesthesia, carefully chosen to ensure your comfort during the plastic surgery. This procedure can be performed either asleep under general anesthesia, awake with local anesthesia, or in between with twilight anesthesia. Our experienced board-certified plastic surgeon then makes a precise incision in the lower abdominal region, strategically placed for minimal scarring. Excess skin and fat are skillfully removed through this incision, and muscle tightening is performed if necessary to restore abdominal tone. We take great care in closing the incision, ensuring that the resulting scar is discreet and positioned low down on the abdomen. Our team provides dedicated post-operative care and guidance throughout your journey to support your recovery. Your well-being and satisfaction are our top priorities.

Recovery After
a Mini Tummy Tuck Procedure

The recovery following a mini tummy tuck is vital in achieving your desired results and ensuring your overall well-being. Mini tummy tuck patients can return home immediately after the surgery, with initial discomfort and swelling managed through prescribed pain medication.

During the first few days, prioritizing rest and elevating your legs when lying down can reduce swelling, while a recommended compression garment provides support to healing abdominal muscles.

It’s important to avoid strenuous activity during this period. In the following weeks, we encourage light walking and emphasize the importance of maintaining a nutritious diet for optimal healing. Depending on your surgeon’s guidance, stitches and drains may be removed during follow-up appointments.

Are You a Good Candidate?

Determining whether you are an ideal candidate for a Mini Tummy Tuck Michigan is a crucial step in the decision-
making process. Here’s a list of factors that define an excellent candidate for a mini tummy tuck:

You must be specific about your lower abdominal concerns

You have good overall health

You are realistic about the expected outcomes

You are a non-smoker or willing to quit

You have a stable weight

You have realistic recovery expectations

Benefits of a Mini Tummy Tuck

Opting for a mini tummy tuck comes with numerous benefits:

Improved Appearance

A mini tummy tuck provides a flatter, more toned lower abdomen, enhancing overall body contour.

Enhanced Confidence

Achieving a more attractive abdominal profile can boost your self-esteem and confidence.

Better Clothing Fit

Clothes fit better and more comfortably after excess skin and fat removal.

Reduced Scarring

The incision is smaller and lower down the abdomen, resulting in a more discreet scar that fades over time.

Shorter Recovery

Recovery time is typically shorter than that of a full tummy tuck, allowing for a quicker return to normal activities.

Localized Solution

A mini tummy tuck specifically targets lower abdominal concerns without the need for a full tummy tuck.

Reasons for Choosing a Mini Tummy Tuck

A mini tummy tuck is favored by many for its ability to address specific concerns in the lower abdominal area.
Common reasons for choosing this procedure include:
Removal of loose or sagging skin, often caused by factors like pregnancy or weight loss.
Restoring pre-pregnancy abdominal contour and addressing childbirth-related changes.
Targeting localized fat deposits that resist diet and exercise, enhancing overall body proportions.
Achieving a flatter and more appealing lower abdominal profile, especially for those who are otherwise fit.

Cost of Mini Tummy Tuck in Michigan

When considering the cost of a Mini Tummy Tuck Michigan, several key factors influence the final price, including facility fees, anesthesia choice, procedure complexity (including additional treatments like liposuction or muscle tightening), and pre/post-operative care. While costs can vary, patients can generally expect a range from $3,000 to $7,000. For personalized quotes, consult our board-certified plastic surgeons at Illuum Cosmetic Surgery. We offer financing options, including healthcare credit cards and financing plans, to ensure the cost is manageable for achieving your desired results.

What is the difference between a Mini Tummy Tuck
vs. Full Tummy Tuck?

When it comes to abdominal contouring, two popular surgical procedures often come into consideration: the Mini Tummy Tuck
and the Full Tummy Tuck. While both aim to achieve a flatter and more toned abdomen, they differ in several key aspects.
The primary distinction between a mini tummy tuck and a full tummy tuck is the scope of the procedure. A mini tummy tuck focuses primarily on the lower abdomen below the navel, ideal for localized concerns like excess skin and fat. In contrast, a full tummy tuck addresses both upper and lower abdominal regions, offering a comprehensive solution for issues encompassing the entire abdominal wall, including excess skin, fat, and muscle separation.
The incision length and resulting scarring play a pivotal role in distinguishing these procedures. During a mini tummy tuck surgery, the incision is relatively short and strategically positioned low on the abdomen, near the pubic area. While scarring is inevitable, it tends to be more discreet and limited to the lower abdominal region. Over time, the scar typically fades and becomes less noticeable. On the other hand, a full tummy tuck involves a longer incision that extends from hip to hip, positioned low on the abdomen and often around the navel. The resulting scar is more extensive and may be more noticeable, although it can also fade with proper care.
The duration of recovery is an essential factor to consider when deciding between a mini tummy tuck procedure and a full tummy tuck. Following a mini tummy tuck, patients generally experience a shorter recovery period compared to a full tummy tuck. Most individuals can return to light, non-strenuous activities within 1 to 2 weeks after a mini tummy tuck. In contrast, recovery after a full tummy tuck is typically longer and may require more downtime. Most patients may need several weeks to resume normal activities, including exercise and heavy lifting. The difference in recovery time can significantly impact a person’s post-surgery lifestyle and schedule.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The duration of a mini tummy tuck surgery usually ranges from 1 to 2 hours, but it can vary depending on the individual’s specific needs and the complexity of the surgery.
Yes, there will be a scar, but it is typically smaller and more discreet than a full tummy tuck. The incision is strategically placed low on the abdomen to minimize visibility. Over time, the scar tends to fade.
Most patients can return to light, non-strenuous work, and everyday activities approximately 1 to 2 weeks after surgery. However, vigorous physical activities and heavy lifting should be avoided for several weeks, as advised by your surgeon.

Yes, combining a mini tummy tuck with procedures like liposuction, breast augmentation, or a thigh lift is possible. This combination is known as a “Mommy Makeover” and is customized to meet individual goals.

There are no specific age restrictions, but candidates should be healthy and have realistic expectations. The suitability for surgery is determined on an individual basis, regardless of age.
Yes, mini tummy tucks are not exclusively for women. Men can equally reap the advantages of this procedure to address specific abdominal concerns, particularly if they contend with excess fat or loose skin in the lower abdominal region.
During the initial mini abdominoplasty consultation, the surgeon will assess your candidacy, discuss your goals, explain the procedure in detail, and provide information about the risks and benefits. It’s an opportunity to ask questions and address any concerns.
The results of a mini abdominoplasty can be long-lasting. However, they may be influenced by factors such as the natural aging process and fluctuations in weight. Sustaining a healthy lifestyle can contribute to extending the longevity of these results.

Schedule a Consultation

Whether you’re seeking the expert guidance of Dr. Lakin or Dr. Ozolins, or have a clear idea of your needs, scheduling a consultation is the obvious and easy next step. Meet and sit down with one of Michigan’s premier plastic surgeons and start your journey into illuminating the best version of yourself.

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Katie Wells BSN, RN

Nurse Injector

She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Michigan State University and worked as an operating room nurse at Michigan Medicine for 2 years before transitioning to aesthetics. She
received her certification as a Nurse Injector, and attended further training and certification through Allergan Medical Institute. She absolutely loves being a Nurse Injector and is very passionate about
combining medicine and the creativity and artistry of aesthetics in her practice. It is extremely important to her to remain educated and up to date with the newest and best treatments and injection techniques. Her goal as an Injector is that when you sit in her chair that you feel comfortable, fully educated on your procedure, and confident and happy in your results when we are done. She loves forming connections with her patients and feels truly honored to be a part of your journey to becoming your most confident self, inside and out! She is a great listener and looks forward to creating an individualized plan to meet each of her patient’s unique goals and desires. Some of her favorite treatments include lip filler, Botox, and midface/cheek filler (but there is so much more!). When she is not injecting, you can find her trying new recipes, spending time with family, working out, gardening, or taking a long walk with her dog.

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Heidi Winkler BSN, RN

Director of Nursing & Surgical Services Leadership

Heidi’s goal is to ensure every patient has a positive experience and is satisfied with the high quality of service provided by our clinical staff. Her passion as a caregiver is to impact each person’s life in a positive way.

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Tonya Gilbert BSN, RN

PACU Nurse

Tonya has been a registered nurse for 15 years. She earned her BSN at the University of Michigan. Go Blue!

She started her career as a trauma RN in Detroit. She has been working as a recovery RN for the past 8 years. She loves being part of a team that makes a difference in people’s lives. 

Her passions include lounging with her fur babies, family, and friends, traveling, crunching, and recycling. 

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