Mini Tummy Tuck
A mini tummy tuck procedure gives patients with loose skin and abdominal bulging beneath the belly button a tighter appearance to the stomach area. Mini tummy tucks have smaller scars and produce similar results to more invasive treatments.
Mini Tummy Tuck
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About the Procedure
When the body has undergone a dramatic change such as after pregnancy or massive weight loss, the muscles and skin in the abdominal area can appear loose and sagging. Many individuals are able to see sufficient improvement with proper diet and exercise, but for some, the excess fat and skin is stubborn and resistant to healthy lifestyle changes. An abdominoplasty may be needed for patients with more severe abdominal muscle separation or hanging skin, but for those with more localized fatty deposits and skin laxity, a less invasive mini tummy tuck may provide the desired tightening. A mini tummy tuck, sometimes referred to as a modified tummy tuck, will require the patient to undergo general anesthesia. A horizontal incision will be made as per the preoperative markings, typically across the entire length of the upper pubic area, but still concealable postoperatively when wearing undergarments or a bathing suit. The overlying skin will be undermined and elevated to the lower belly button. Loose abdominal muscles will be stitched together and excess fat will be removed. The skin will then be stretched downwards to determine how much can be removed without distorting the appearance of the belly button. Excess skin will be excised and sutured into a new, lower position. Drains will likely be applied to collect any fluid. Protective and compressive bandages will also be applied to the treatment area.
The goal of a mini tummy tuck is to tighten the abdominal muscles between the pubic area and the belly button, remove excess fat, and tighten the overlying skin for improved stomach contours.
What to Expect
A mini tummy tuck procedure gives patients with loose skin and abdominal bulging beneath the belly button a tighter appearance to the stomach area. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after a mini tummy tuck.
- Stop smoking 4 weeks before and after surgery
- Stop using blood thinning medications for at least 1-2 weeks
- Start taking stool softeners 2 days before surgery
- General anesthesia
- Horizontal incision above pubic hairline
- Skin undermined and elevated to belly button
- Muscles repaired and tightened
- Abdominal skin pulled downwards
- Excess skin and fat excised
- Skin sutured into lower and tighter position
- Sutures and skin adhesives to close incisions
After a mini tummy tuck bandages and compressive garments will be applied over the treatment area to support and minimize abdominal swelling. If drainage tubes are inserted be sure to empty when full. Be cautious when bending or lifting so as not to stretch the incisions. Recovery is quicker than a traditional abdominoplasty with patients returning to full activity after 3 months.
The ideal candidate for a mini tummy tuck has abdominal muscle separation, skin laxity, and excess fat beneath the belly button.
Not Recommended For
A mini tummy tuck is not recommended for patients who require all-over abdominal tightening or who require a repositioning of the belly button. Those patients would be better suited for a more invasive abdominoplasty procedure for best results.
Side effects from a mini tummy tuck can include bruising, swelling, pain, discomfort, and unsightly scarring.