Thanks to genetics, aging, significant weight loss, pregnancy, and other factors, a healthy diet and exercise may not be enough to remove the "pooch" from the lower stomach and reveal fully-toned and flat abs.

At Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates in Oklahoma City, cosmetic surgeons Dr. Erik Nuveen and Dr. Courtney Caplin perform a modified abdominoplasty or mini tummy tuck that focuses on removing stubborn fat and loose skin from the lower area of the stomach. Since the treated area is smaller, the surgery requires a smaller incision than a full tummy tuck, plus patients typically recover faster from the minimally invasive mini tummy tuck.

The true caring and concern for my well being by Dr. Caplon is exceptional. I am very pleased with my results. I highly recomment her and I am definitely considering future projects.


During the initial consultation at Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates, Drs. Nuveen and Caplin will go over the patient's concerns and cosmetic goals before helping them decide whether a full or mini tummy tuck best suits their needs.

Surgical Technique

Techniques of both full abdominoplasty and mini tummy tuck can be very similar. However, a smaller incision is used with the mini tummy tuck as a smaller area is treated. Sometimes it also depends on the amount of loose skin that will be removed. Liposuction may be used with this surgery. During the procedure, excess skin is removed and the remaining skin and underlying tissues are pulled tight. The result is a flat and more toned belly. The belly button is unaffected with this surgery because it typically does not need to be repositioned. Scars will be minimal and mostly hidden by undergarments.

Most amazing and caring Dr! The staff is great as well and super friendly. I had breast augmentation 7 years ago by him, and love them! They look natural and perfect for my body size etc. I then returned for a tummy tuck October 2018 and am very pleased. Had some fat pockets settle in after complete healing and returned for Lipo to remove those pockets. Again, he did an amazing job and was very patient with me and thorough. Love the whole group! Amazing experience every time!!!!


During/After Surgery

A mini tummy tuck is performed in an accredited surgical facility, under general anesthesia. The surgery typically takes between 1-2 hours. Patients are released from the hospital following this surgery. The recovery period can take up to 6 weeks; this is the clearance normally given to resume with strenuous activities and exercise. Patients report high satisfaction of their surgical results and love having a well-shaped, tighter abdomen. Results after a mini tummy tuck re permanent. However, pregnancy or unnecessary weight gain will compromise the results so it’s best to maintain a proper diet and regular exercise.

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    I can’t say enough wonderful things about Dr. Nuveen and his staff. Dr. Nuveen not only did a perfect job on the surgical procedures I had done, but took the time and care I needed each and every time I was in. I will forever be thankful, and a customer of Dr. Nuveen and his staff. I will be recommending him to all of my friends and family! Thank you Dr. Nuveen and CSA!

    Jennifer Bodin


    Mini Tummy Tuck FAQs

    Just lipo?

    Patients who are candidates for a mini tummy tuck may also be candidates for liposuction as an isolated procedure. If loose skin is involved, however, liposuction will not be able to treat this. Liposuction is reserved for fat removal only. The only way to address loose skin is through a skin tightening procedure. A thorough assessment will be conducted during the initial consultation and the appropriate treatment plan recommended.

    Previous c-section?

    The mini tummy tuck procedure can be done even if a patient has an existing c-section scar. Typically, the incision made with a mini tummy tuck will be made just below the c-section scar. With this new incision, the loose skin is removed. The area will be pulled tight combining the two incisions into one. This new incision line will heal nicely and will be able to be concealed under bathing suits and undergarments.


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