A scarless tummy tuck, also known as a mini-tummy tuck, is a cosmetic surgical procedure that removes a small part of the abdominal wall. As compared to a traditional tummy tuck, it is a less invasive procedure because it involves removing a smaller amount of abdominal skin, states DocShop.
While a traditional tummy tuck is a major surgical procedure that requires general anesthesia and usually a hospital stay of one to three days, a mini-tummy tuck can be performed as an outpatient procedure, states MedlinePlus. Doctors can use a local anesthetic instead of a general and make a smaller incision, usually one or two inches below the navel, states DocShop.
The disadvantage of the scarless tummy tuck is that it is a procedure for people who have only a small amount of excess skin to remove. An ideal candidate is someone dealing with sagging skin due to aging or a person who already has a slim abdomen that wishes to reshape it, states DocShop. The recovery time is comparable to a traditional tummy tuck, requiring rest and a few weeks off from exercise and strenuous activity. It's important to note that despite the name scarless tummy tuck, this procedure still leaves a scar but a much smaller one.