Get a Leaner Midsection With a Mini Tummy Tuck
A mini tummy tuck is a variant of abdominoplasty. This procedure uses a shorter incision at or above your pubic region, not very different from the incision that is used for a C-section. The goal of the procedure is to tighten the muscle and remove any excess skin on the lower abdomen.
People who have trouble getting rid of excess skin or fat below the belly button are ideal candidates for the procedure. If you are in good shape, but your body has plateaued with diet and exercise, then this procedure comes highly recommended.
How Is It Different From a Full Tummy Tuck?
The incisions used for a mini tummy tuck are smaller and less noticeable than the technique used for a full tummy tuck. With this procedure, you’ll just have one small incision at your bikini line. The procedure’s main purpose is to create a flatter and tighter stomach.
Your surgeon will use a small incision starting at the pubic region and extend it to the lower abdomen to tighten the underlying muscle. This procedure can be combined with liposuction for better results. The biggest advantage of this procedure is that it does not need an incision around the umbilicus.
Irrespective of the kind of tuck you opt for, the results are immediately visible and quite impressive. If you have a protruding belly with a lot of loose skin, then your stomach and skin can be made completely flat and smooth without any stretchmarks. This procedure is especially recommended for patients with very little skin elasticity.
The recovery time from a mini tummy tuck is shorter than a traditional abdominoplasty or belt lipectomy. However, it bears mentioning that this procedure still comes under the purview of major surgery. That being said, the post-treatment care is relatively simple when compared to other procedures.
Are There any Other factors that Need to be taken Into Consideration?
The procedure is not effective for tightening loose skin above the belly button. If you are considering a body contouring procedure to remove loose skin tissue and fat tissue that may occur as a result of pregnancy, then you need to wait for a few months after you have had your child.
Once you return to your normal weight and lifestyle, then you can discuss your options with surgeon. If you become pregnant again, then it can end up re-stretching the area and compromise the results of the procedure.
If you are a smoker, you are advised to quit smoking for at least four weeks before the procedure, as it can delay the healing time. If you are on aspirin or blood thinners, you need to stop taking them a week before the surgery as they can cause excess bleeding during the procedure.
Talk to your plastic surgeon and let him/her know about any other medication you are on. Since the surgery is usually done on an outpatient basis, have someone drive you home.
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To learn more about a mini tummy tuck procedure, contact us for more details. Dr. Sepehr Egrari, a board-certified plastic surgeon, will talk to you about your goals and help you understand more about the procedure.