What is a mini tummy tuck?
We have found that most patients in Miami want their abdomens to look tighter, firmer, and leaner than possibly any other part of the body. For patients who have less abundant lower abdominal skin, Dr. Alan Serure will frequently use a mini abdominoplasty technique, or a mini tummy tuck. Unlike a full tummy tuck procedure, a mini tummy tuck focuses mainly on removing excess skin and tighten the lower abdominal muscles in the area between the belly button and the pubic region. This option is great for patients who do not have a markedly protruding abdomen and has most of the abdominal wall still tightly intact. The procedure creates a smaller bikini scar than its full-version counterpart and can be concealed by even the tiniest bikini.
Who are candidates for a mini tummy tuck?
Generally, mini tummy tuck are recommended for women who have noticeable scarring from a previous C-section, is also a good option for patients with irregularities for some loose skin in the lower abdomen. Non-smoking patients that are in an overall healthy condition, with relatively stable weight, and with no underlying diseases can be good candidates for a tummy tuck, but in consultation with the surgeon will be able to define whether this procedure is right for the patient or not as it will yield better looking results with carefully selected patients who only require minimal alteration in their abdominal area. There have been cases when patients opt to undergo a mini tummy tuck but were not able to do so, simply because they required a more extensive amount of correction that would be better addressed by a full tummy tuck procedure.
How is a mini tummy tuck performed?
Before patients are treated, they will be put under local or general anesthesia to keep discomfort at a minimum. An incision will be made at the area right above the pubic bone, along the patient’s natural bikini line. The skin will be lifted and excess fat will be removed from the area. The underlying muscles spanning the area below the patient’s belly button will be reinforced and the skin tightened by stretching it across the reshaped abdomen. Excess skin will then be trimmed and the incision will be closed using absorbable sutures that will be removed within a week, or two, after surgery. Another option for closing the incisions is with the use of skin adhesives that allow patients to shower the following day, if they wish. Although no incisions were made to adjust the position of the belly button, it will be pulled downwards in the direction of the mons pubis. This changes the shape of the belly button, making it appear like a small slit in the abdominal area. Finally, the small incisions will be closed using sutures or skin adhesives. This outpatient procedure takes about 2 hours to complete.
What happens after a mini tummy tuck?
Patients will notice a significant amount of swelling and bruising the first few days after surgery. They will also experience some level of discomfort that can be managed with the help of pain medication prescribed by the doctor. Before resuming normal activity, the patient may be required to put in minimal downtime for about a week. Full recovery from a mini tummy tuck will be within 1 to 3 weeks, depending upon the extent of the correction.
What are the benefits of the procedure?
Aside from requiring a smaller incision, a mini tummy tuck will also produce a less conspicuous scar after the procedure that can be concealed on the bikini line. It does not require as much downtime as a full tummy tuck and patients consequently have the added advantage of being able to return to normal activities faster. Mini tummy tucks are also a very good choice for renewing the contour of the lower abdomen when it is slightly distended and requires minimal correction. For patients trying to achieve a flatter and leaner silhouette in half the time it takes to see results with a full tummy tuck, then this procedure will fit their requirement.
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