A mini tummy tuck, also called a partial abdoinoplasty, is a minor version of a complete abdominoplasty, according to WebMD. It requires a shorter incision than a complete abdominoplasty, and the procedure typically involves only the lower abdomen.
A surgeon performing a complete abdominoplasty typically cuts from hipbone to hipbone. In a mini tummy tuck operation, the shorter incision s comparable to that of a cesarean section, according to NewBeauty. This procedure enables the surgeon to tighten the muscle and eliminate extra skin in the lower abdominal area, specifically below the belly button. The procedure typically takes two to five hours.