Mini Tummy Tuck
Tighten and tone your midsection
For many women and men, tummy tuck surgery is the only way to achieve the slim and toned midsection. Weight fluctuations, previous surgery, pregnancy, and genetics can all contribute to skin excess, muscle laxity and fatty deposits in the abdominal area which cause the belly to protrude and sag. Diet and exercise may help to some degree, but often the only solution is a tummy tuck.
A Mini-abdominoplasty usually has a shorter scar and tightens the lower abdominal area only. This is often all that is required to get rid of problems related to a previous C-section scar or those limited to the lowermost abdomen. This will do nothing to help with excess skin or protrusion above the bellybutton. The incision length is determined by the degree of skin laxity. The incision shape and position can be individualized to achieve the results you are looking for.
Is a Mini-Tummy Tuck Right For Me?
For some patients, a mini tummy tuck may be sufficient, while for others an extended procedure may be necessary. Dr. Dawes will help you to determine which of these approaches will best achieve your desired results.
Good candidates for a mini-tummy tuck include:
- Women who are finished having children, and who have excess skin, stretch marks, and a protruding abdomen
- Men and women who have lost a significant amount of weight and have loose, sagging skin on their midsections
- Individuals whose skin is losing elasticity as they age and who are bothered by the laxity of their abdomens
You can expect moderate discomfort and tightness in your abdominal area, which should gradually improve over about one week. Over this time, your ability to stand up straight will also improve. If your job keeps you sedentary, you may plan on returning to work in 10-14 days, with the understanding that you may still have discomfort with motion. Swelling usually subsides after three weeks, but can occasionally persist longer. Bruising will likely occur. It will be worst at 3-4 days post and may persist for up to 3 weeks.
Mini Tummy Tuck FAQs
Pregnancy is the primary culprit behind the need for a tummy tuck. The localized weight gain of pregnancy is unique in that it stretches the skin and support muscles of the abdomen to such a degree they cannot return to their former level of tautness. You can equate it to a rubber band that has been stretched around a large object for a period of time. When you remove the rubber band it no longer shrinks down to its prior size, instead of remaining stretched. This is what happens with your abdominal skin and muscle.
Why is it important to be at a stable, healthy weight? If you still need to lose additional weight, you will simply create more sagging skin that would have been removed by this surgery. That’s why you need to be at a healthy weight, and you should also resolve to stay there to maintain your results for the long term.