- Also known as a Mini Abdominoplasty
- Decreases excess lower abdominal skin
- Decreases the amount of lower abdominal fat
- Decreases the number of stretch marks
- Only lower abdominal muscles may be tightened
- Results in a tighter lower abdomen
About the Mini Tummy Tuck
Some think they need a full Tummy Tuck to make their abdomen smoother. They may have excess belly skin and fat they can’t tighten up, even with diet and exercise; but, it’s in the lower abdominal area only. The Mini Tummy Tuck is another popular cosmetic procedure which removes excess skin and fat from the lower abdomen. During this surgery separated lower abdominal muscles may be restored to a normal position, giving the lower abdominal area a more smooth and firm look.
Candidates for a Mini Tummy Tuck
Typically, the Mini Tummy Tuck candidate is one who has excess lower abdominal skin and fat after pregnancy and/or weight loss while the upper abdominal skin is just fine.
Other factors include:
- Cannot change abdominal appearance with diet and exercise
- Good physical health
- Stable weight
With the mini tuck, an incision is made in the lower abdominal crease. Often, a prior C-section scar can be removed at the same time. Only a portion of the lower abdominal skin is removed. The lower portion of the separated rectus abdominis muscles (the 6-pack) may be pulled together with a series of strong sutures if possible. The skin from the upper abdomen, above the navel, is not brought downward. The naval is left in the same place. The lower abdominal stretch marks are decreased but not completely removed during this operation.
There will be some discomfort initially but less than with a full-scale Tummy Tuck. This lessens over the week. Pain medications are helpful. The overall recovery of a Tummy Tuck depends on the patient’s health. One to two weeks off from work for recovery is recommended. A compressive garment is used for about 6 weeks. Strenuous activities, exercise and sports are discouraged for the first 6 weeks to allow the healing tissues to become stronger. The scar will be red initially but will fade over the next year.
Results will vary. An active and healthy lifestyle will help to better maintain this new Mini Tummy Tuck appearance. A good diet and exercise will decrease unwanted weight gain and increase quality-of-life.
Call Fairbanks Plastic Surgery at 801-951-8099 today to schedule your consultation for your Mini Tummy Tuck.