Mini Tummy Tuck


Procedure Time: 3-4 Hrs

Recovery Time: 2 Weeks


A tummy tuck is one of the most well known cosmetic procedures on the market. Designed to remove excess skin and fat, a tummy tuck helps firm and smooth the abdomen to create a flatter stomach. For some patients, however, a full tummy tuck may not be needed. If the excess fat and skin is concentrated to the lower stomach (below the belly button), a less invasive version of the tummy tuck may be the best option for some patients. Dr. Jonov at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery offers mini tummy tuck procedures for residents in the Seattle, Bellevue, and Kirkland areas.


As mentioned before, a mini tummy tuck is a less invasive version of a tummy tuck surgery. In this surgery, Dr. Jonov will focus on the lower abdomen, below the belly button. During surgery, he will remove the extra fat and skin as well as tighten the lower abdominal muscles to create a tighter and smoother appearance.

The mini tummy tuck is often best for those who do not want or need the dramatic transformation that can come from a full or extended tummy tuck. While a mini tummy tuck offers fantastic and long lasting results, it will not address excess skin and fat above the navel. Therefore, it is important to have a consultation at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery so that Dr. Jonov can determine if a mini tummy tuck in Kirkland is right for you.

What Are The Main Differences Between A Full And Mini Tummy Tuck?

Full Tummy Tuck Mini Tummy Tuck
  • Trims away excess fat and skin, and
  • Tightens abdominal muscles in the entire abdomen
  • May address stretch marks
  • Larger scar
  • Can involve multiple incisions
  • Belly button may need repositioning
  • Procedure focuses only on the lower abdomen below the belly button
  • Smaller incision
  • Only one incision
  • Less invasive
  • Shorter recovery
  • Belly button unaffected


When you come in for your mini tummy tuck in Bellevue, you can expect to be greeted and taken back to change into a surgical gown. Once changed, our team will place you under general anesthesia. 

Beginning the surgery, Dr. Jonov will make an incision in the lower abdomen (just above the pubic mound). This mini tummy tuck incision is typically shorter than a full tummy tuck incision, normally just a few inches long. Through this incision, Dr. Jonov will remove the excess fat and tighten the abdominal muscles. Finally, he will remove excess skin and close the incision using surgical sutures and tape. Dr. Jonov may also place drains to aid in recovery. 


A mini tummy tuck recovery is shorter than a full tummy tuck recovery. However, it is still a surgical procedure with some downtime. For the first week, it is best to rest at home, getting up occasionally to promote healthy circulation. Dr. Jonov will see you for a post-op appointment within a few days of your surgery where your surgeon will examine your incision and remove any drains.

You can expect some general discomfort (as with any surgery) for around the first week of recovery. You should experience extreme pain, but Dr. Jonov can prescribe medications to help ease your recovery.

Limit exercise and strenuous physical activity for the first month after surgery. While you can expect to return to some light activity around 2 weeks after surgery, Dr. Jonov will limit heavy lifting and your normal exercise routine for at least one month.  

Dr. Jonov may permit you to return within two weeks. However, returning to work is determined on an individual basis and will depend upon you and your individual recovery.

When Can I Return To Work?

Most Seattle mini tummy tuck patients return to work within a month of surgery. If you work at a desk job or otherwise non-active job, Dr. Jonov may permit you to return within two weeks. However, returning to work is determined on an individual basis and will depend upon you and your individual recovery.


The best way to keep your mini tummy tuck results is to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Exercising and eating a healthy diet will prevent you from gaining weight and jeopardizing your fantastic results. Fat cells–once gone–do not come back, but this does not prevent your remaining fat cells from expanding after your tummy tuck. This is why it is important to continue your healthy habits after mini tummy tuck surgery in Kirkland.

This is why Dr. Jonov also recommends having met your weight loss goals and be done having children before you undergo your mini tummy tuck. Significant weight gain–even from pregnancy–can compromise your results.


A mini tummy tuck–like with any surgical procedure–comes with some risks. When your mini tummy tuck in Kirkland is performed by a board certified surgeon like Dr. Jonov, the risks and complications are rare. Also, it is important to ensure that you are a good candidate for a mini tummy tuck, as performing a mini tummy tuck (or any surgical procedure) on an unhealthy or bad candidate will increase the risks of a mini tummy tuck. 

During your consultation at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Jonov will determine if you are an optimal candidate for a mini tummy tuck surgery and discuss the risks with you. You are encouraged to ask any questions and bring up any concerns. We want you to feel safe and confident in your mini tummy tuck in Kirkland.

The risks of a mini tummy tuck include: 

  • Infection
  • Anesthesia complications
  • Bleeding
  • Unfavorable results/ scarring
  • Loss of skin sensation/ numbness
  • Blood clot complications
  • Pain (that persists after full recovery)

How Can My Seattle Plastic Surgeon Minimize Risk?

All of these risks are rare in an optimal patient and often preventable if you follow Dr. Jonov’s directions carefully after surgery. Attending any post-op appointments will also allow Dr. Jonov to monitor you after surgery and ensure you are perfectly healthy. Making sure to get up and walk a bit during recovery will help prevent blood clots and help proper fluid drainage.

However, before you decide to undergo a mini tummy tuck in Bellevue, the first thing you can do to prevent future complications or risk is to determine if you are a good candidate. While Dr. Jonov will have the final say on whether you are the right candidate for a mini tummy tuck, there are some criteria that may make you a poor candidate:

  • Smoke and are unwilling to quit
  • Have not yet reached your weight loss goals or are obese
  • Are allergic to anesthetics
  • Have any major unmanaged illness
  • Plan or want to become pregnant after surgery
  • Have any blood or blood clotting disorder
  • Don’t have realistic expectations for the procedure


A mini tummy tuck at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery is estimated at $6,995, however the price may change depending upon your specific needs.

We do work with three medical financing companies: CareCredit, Alphaeon Credit, and United Medical Credit. Visit our Financing page to learn more about these options and find links to apply.


Dr. Jonov at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery is one of the leading plastic surgeons performing mini tummy tuck surgeries in the Seattle area. He is board certified and caters your mini tummy tuck procedure to fit you. He listens to your goals and desires for your mini tummy tuck as well as your concerns. Dr. Jonov will then craft a surgery plan that addresses your goals and worries making sure that you feel confident in the procedure. 

Dr. Jonov performs all of his surgeries in an accredited and state-of-the-art facility. He and The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery team want you to feel comfortable and cared for from your initial mini tummy tuck consultation to your post-op appointment.  


During your consultation with Dr. Jonov at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery in Seattle, he will examine your abdomen, ask about your medical history, and discuss your goals for your mini tummy tuck. He will then determine if you are a good candidate for a mini tummy tuck. 

To schedule a mini tummy tuck consultation with Dr. Jonov, call us at 425-775-3561 or Contact Us Online.

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