Tummy Tuck & Mini Tummy Tuck

Tummy Tuck 

  1. Also known as Abdominoplasty, this procedure removes excess fat and skin and in many cases restores weakened or separated muscles creating an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer.
  2. It is usually combined with liposuction to achieve a better definition of the waist line. Tummy tucks are not a substitute for weight loss or exercise. Furthermore, tummy tuck operations cannot correct stretch marks, although these may be removed along with the excess skin especially if are generally located below the belly button area. 
  3. The procedure is performed under general or epidural anesthesia and requires a recovery period of 7 to 10 days. After which, you can drive and go back to your dally activities but you cannot exercise for at least one month. The use of a compression garment is required for the first 3 to 4 weeks

Mini Tummy Tuck 

  1. Also known as Mini Abdominoplasty, the goal of this procedure is to remove the excess fat and skin but only from the lower abdomen area. The difference between mini tuck and a full tummy tuck is the mini tummy tuck leaves the belly button attached to the surrounding skin. The skin incision and the scar are smaller and the procedure is usually combined with liposuction of the upper and lateral abdomen. 
  2. When there is a previous scar such as a c-section, we can use it to remove the excess skin and to improve the tightening of the lower abdomen. 
  3. The recovery is faster than a full tummy tuck with a minimum of one overnight stay in the hospital. 


  1. This procedure combines liposuction and abdominoplasty to remove the excess fat and loose skin of the abdomen. The procedure preserves important structures within the abdomen such as lymphatic vessels, nerves and blood vessels.
  2. It is less aggressive than the classical abdominoplasty and requires a shorter recovery time. 
  3. There are however limitations to this procedure depending on the patient having had previous surgery in the abdomen, very lax skin and stretch marks. 

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Dr Francisco de Melo is a board certified Plastic Surgeon with more than 20 years of experience in plastic, reconstructive and cosmetic surgery in Portugal and the UAE. Before moving to Dubai in 2012,  was a Consultant Plastic Surgeon and  Head of Surgery Department in the Military Hospital of Lisbon in Portugal.

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