Baton Rouge

Weiler Plastic Surgery
4212 Bluebonnet Boulevard Suite A
Baton Rouge, LA 70809
Phone: (225) 399-0001
Mon - Thur: 7:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Fri: 7:30 a.m.–4 p.m.


Baton Rouge - Downtown

Weiler Plastic Surgery
240 Laurel Street Suite 202
Baton Rouge, LA 70801
Phone: (225) 399-0011
Mon - Thur: 7:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
Fri: 8:00 a.m.–3p.m



Weiler Plastic Surgery
42078 Veterans Avenue Suite H
Hammond, LA 70403
Phone: (985) 902-7770
Mon - Thur: 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Fri: 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m.


Denham Springs

Weiler Plastic Surgery
921 South Range Avenue
Denham Springs, LA 70726
Phone: (225) 900-7002
Mon - Thur: 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Fri: 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m.



Weiler Plastic Surgery
1431 Ochsner Blvd Suite B
Covington, LA 70433
Phone: (985) 590-3488
Mon - Fri: 8:00 a.m.–4 p.m.

When Is a Mini Tummy Tuck Worth It?

When it comes to the best body contouring treatments, tummy tuck surgery leads the pack. As a plastic surgeon in Baton Rouge, I’ve been lucky enough to help countless patients achieve a firm, flat midsection with the procedure.

A woman tries on a dress while looking at the mirror.

Many patients, however, are hoping for a less extensive procedure, spurring keen interest in mini tummy tuck surgery. They’ve heard it requires less downtime than a traditional tummy tuck, and that’s understandably appealing. But does it create worthwhile results? When is a mini tummy tuck actually worth it?

How is a mini tummy tuck different from a full tummy tuck?

The main difference between a mini tummy tuck and a full tummy tuck is the size and location of the treatment area, and, more specifically, that only a mild amount of excess skin and fat are addressed during the procedure. A mini tummy tuck is a less extensive surgery that only addresses the area directly below the bellybutton. It achieves a similar goal of tightening loose skin but uses a smaller incision. Because of this, the recovery period is often shorter, and healing is a more comfortable experience. 

When is a mini tummy tuck a good idea?

Good candidates for a mini tummy tuck are those who are in overall good shape but have excess skin and fat on their lower abdomen. This is a common problem after pregnancy or weight loss. 

While a mini tummy tuck is a great option for these specific cases, few people have loose skin and extra fat only below the bellybutton. For those who would like to improve their entire midsection via surgery, a traditional tummy tuck is often a better choice. 

What are the benefits of a full tummy tuck?

While a mini tummy tuck targets a limited area, a full tummy tuck transforms much more. The procedure removes saggy skin and unwanted fat from the midsection and flanks, helping define and contour the waistline.

A full tummy tuck can also repair separated abdominal muscles that often cause a permanent “belly pooch.” This is especially beneficial for women who have undergone multiple pregnancies and have struggled to reclaim their pre-baby look.

While a full tummy tuck requires a longer recovery time, the results are worth the wait. Most patients can return to their regular activities around 2 weeks after surgery.

How can I choose the best surgery for me?

If you only want to tighten skin below the bellybutton and you’d prefer a shorter recovery time, a mini tummy tuck may be right for you. If you’d like to improve your entire midsection or correct separated muscles, a full tummy tuck is a better choice.

You can discuss whether a full or mini tummy tuck is right for you during your consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon. At that time, they will analyze your body and create a customized treatment plan to meet your specific needs and goals.

If you would like to discuss a tummy tuck with a plastic surgeon in Baton Rouge, request a consultation using our online form. You can also contact our practice by phone at (225) 399-0001.

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