Tighten Your Lower Abdomen with a Mini Tummy Tuck By James E. Murphy, MD on October 10, 2016

Woman with a slim, toned midsectionThe tummy is one of the most difficult parts of the body to sculpt. This area of the body tends to hold onto stubborn fat deposits more than others. In addition, it is easy for the skin of the midsection to become stretched. Loose, flabby skin around the waist is especially common following pregnancy or weight loss. Unfortunately, this excess skin does not respond to diet or exercise. The best way to tighten and tone the midsection is with tummy tuck surgery.

A tummy tuck allows surgeons to tighten loose skin and repair stretched stomach muscles. These alterations help patients achieve the flatter, tighter tummy they desire. One of the many benefits of tummy tuck surgery is that it can be personalized to meet each patient’s unique needs. Dr. James E. Murphy offers the mini tummy tuck technique to those of his Reno, NV patients who are specifically concerned about their lower abdomen.

The Mini Tummy Tuck Procedure

Rather than focusing on the entire midsection, the tummy tuck procedure addresses the lower tummy. During a mini tummy tuck procedure, Dr. Murphy tightens and tones the area of the stomach below the belly button. This procedure is less invasive than a traditional tummy tuck and requires a much smaller incision.

A mini tummy tuck is usually performed with the patient under the effects of general anesthesia. Once the patient is comfortable, Dr. Murphy will create the surgical incision. The incision used for a mini tummy tuck sits just above the pubic area and is typically three to five inches in length. This is considerably shorter than the incision used for a traditional tummy tuck, which extends from one hip bone to the other.

The same alterations that are made during a traditional tummy tuck procedure are made during a mini tummy tuck, only they are more limited. The lower abdominal muscles will be tightened, and a small amount of skin will be removed as well. After the skin has been re-draped and the incision is closed, patients will see that their tummy “pooch” is gone. The mini tummy tuck flattens the lower tummy and improves body contours.

Mini Tummy Tuck Candidates

The mini tummy tuck offers a shorter recovery period and a smaller scar once recovery is complete, so it is understandable than many patients are eager to find out if this procedure is right for them. Patients who are ideal candidates for a mini tummy tuck are those whose area of concern is limited to the lower stomach. Patients with stretched skin and muscles below the belly button will find that a mini tummy tuck can provide them with the surgical results they desire. Dr. Murphy is happy to provide patients with a personalized consultation to determine which tummy tuck technique is right for them.

Schedule a Consultation

If you are interested in toning your midsection and improving body contours, a tummy tuck may be right for you. To learn more about the tummy tuck procedure and how it can be personalized to meet your unique needs, schedule a consultation with Dr. James E. Murphy at your earliest convenience.

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Dr. James Murphy

Murphy Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa

Dr. James Murphy is a highly trained, board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon who has been in practice 25 years. He serves patients throughout Reno and Lake Tahoe and is affiliated with several prestigious organizations, including: 

  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons 
  • American College of Surgeons 
  • American Medical Association 
  • Reno Surgical Society

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