This is also called partial or lower tummy tuck. Its procedures are similar to those of complete abdominoplasty, but the surgical field is limited to the area from the pubic superior margin to the navel, with no change made to the upper abdomen and navel position. Therefore, the surgical incision is reduced to less than 25 cm to avoid the scar of navel reconstruction (umbilicoplasty). This surgery is also conducted by making a transverse incision near the bikini line and then detaching the skin from muscles to tighten the stitching of the regional rectus abdominis muscle (lower segment of the navel) and liposuction of bilateral waists before the resection of the lower abdominal skin and fat tissues. Patients may leave after the general anesthesia is full recovered without necessity of admission in the hospital.
Because the surgical incision and extent are smaller than those by full tummy tuck, postoperative recovery is relatively fast and the pain is mild, and the drainage tube is removed within approximately 5–7 days. Patients who want to lower the swelling or recovery period can choose a fibrin gel to promote internal wound healing and reduce complications such as subcutaneous blood stasis or hematoma.