What is Mini Tummy Tuck Surgery?

Stretched saggy tummy? A Mini-Tummy Tuck at The Eden Institute could help you achieve your dream tummy. A mini-tummy tuck, or partial abdominoplasty, is great for removing excess fatty deposits or loose, stretched skin below your belly button. At The Eden Institute, we offer many body contouring options and it’s sometimes hard to know which option is right for you. Dr Edinburg and our support staff at The Eden Institute of Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery are here to answer any questions you might have, from ‘what is Mini Tummy Tuck Surgery‘ to ‘how does Mini Tummy Tuck Surgery work’. Below, find answers to some of our most frequently asked questions about mini tummy tuck surgery. Remember that Dr Edinburg is best able to answer questions and elaborate based on his evaluation of your needs.


If your loose skin is confined to your lower abdomen, a mini-tummy tuck may be the most appropriate procedure for you. It is simpler with less surgery and a shorter recovery time than a normal tummy tuck. In addition, your belly button should not have to be repositioned, as may be the case with a full tummy tuck. Of course, Dr Edinburg will help you assess which type of surgery is appropriate for your body.

Regular Tummy Tuck Surgery is most beneficial for those who have loose abdominal skin or weakened muscles that cannot be altered through diet and exercise. A mini-tummy tuck is a good option for those who have a small amount of ‘saggy’ abdominal skin and would like to sculpt their tummy into a more desirable shape. The exact benefits of a mini-tummy tuck and a regular tummy tuck vary from one individual to the next, it is, therefore, important to discuss your expectations with Dr Edinburg at the time of your consultation. 

A mini-tummy tuck usually takes around 1-1 1/2  hours under general anaesthetic. At the Eden Institute, no two cases are the same and, therefore, procedures may take slightly more or less time depending on your presenting condition.

Mini-Tummy Tuck Surgery normally requires an overnight stay in hospital. After your surgery you will be visited by Dr Edinburg, who will check your surgery site and ensure that your wounds are healing effectively. During your overnight stay in hospital you will be monitored by staff who will do their best to ensure that you are comfortable and well looked after. Visitors are welcome to come to the hospital during visiting hours.

Recovery normally takes a few weeks, with a full return to physical activities in 6 weeks or so. It is important that you rest during this time to allow your body to heal and recover effectively. Because you will have stitches, it is important not to exert yourself or move around more than you need to for the first couple of weeks. Once your stitches have been removed and Dr Edinburg has consulted with you, you should be able to get back to most of your regular activities. Typically, you should be able to return to work within 10 to 14 days after your surgery.

The cost of mini-tummy tuck surgery will depend on the method and extent of surgery. Medicare and health funds have rebates associated with this procedure.

From January 2016, new Medicare guidelines resulted in patients eligible for the Medicare rebate for tummy tuck surgery being limited to those who have had substantial weight loss (>5 BMI points); have had weight stabilised for 6 months or more; had daily living activities affected; and who suffer from associated skin rashes.

Once Dr Edinburg has had the opportunity to meet with you and discuss your concerns, we will supply a full estimate of fees for your proposed surgery, so that you know all your facts and figures – medical and financial – before you make your decision.

You can find out more about the procedure cost on "How Much does it Cost" section.

It is important to make sure you are well informed before choosing a plastic surgeon. Specialist plastic surgery qualifications are imperative in the decision-making process, and choosing the right plastic surgeon will help you to feel more relaxed and confident about your impending surgery. It is your body after all.

Dr Edinburg, Medical Director of The Eden Institute, is one of the leading plastic surgeons in Sydney for cosmetic, plastic and reconstructive surgery. He is also a specialist hand surgeon and skin cancer surgeon. He has over 20 years of outstanding medical service and achievements, positioning him as a pre-eminent plastic surgeon in both Sydney and Australia. Dr Edinburg is well known for delivering outstanding results for surgical and non-surgical facial rejuvenation, breast enhancement, body sculpting procedures, skin cancer surgery and skin health treatments.

Dr Edinburg has completed a full fellowship at the Royal Australian College of Surgeons College in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (FRACS – Plastic Surgery), which is the only statutory recognised body for training of specialist plastic surgeons in Australia. Click here to find out more about Dr Edinburg’s qualifications and training. 

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