Mini Tummy Tuck Surgery by Boss MD Plastic Surgery, Paramus, NJ.
A mini tummy tuck delivers the desirable results of a full tummy tuck without some of the drawbacks associated with the traditional technique.
The traditional technique requires an extensive incision extending from hip to hip, while the mini tummy tuck requires a much smaller and more inconspicuous incision. A mini tummy tuck procedure does not reposition the navel as the traditional procedure does, further reducing subsequent scarring.
The Mini Tummy Tuck Ideal Candidate
Good candidates for a mini tummy tuck are patients in good physical and emotional health who have a realistic understanding and outlook about the procedure. A patient seeking a mini tummy tuck should typically be no more than ten percent over their ideal body weight with limited fat deposits in the area below the belly button. A prospective mini tummy tuck patient should speak to their surgeon about their full medical history, including current medication and supplement use, to ensure that this procedure is appropriate. A patient should also have a good understanding of what to expect before, during, and after a mini tummy tuck.
The Mini Tummy Tuck Technique
A mini tummy tuck procedure is done by a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon in a hospital, surgical center, or medical office. Mini tummy tucks are usually performed on an outpatient basis with general anesthesia. The procedure takes between one and three hours. The surgeon will make an incision in the lower abdomen and remove the excess fat and skin from the area. Some tightening of the muscles of the abdominal wall can also be done at this time. Sometimes liposuction is used to extract the unwanted fat from the stomach area.
What to Expect From a Mini Tummy Tuck
After a mini tummy tuck, the patient will be released from the surgical facility to begin the recovery process in the comfort of their own home. Bruising, swelling, and discomfort is normal in the days and weeks following the procedure and can be treated with prescription medications as needed. As with any surgery, there are risks associated with a mini tummy tuck. Anesthesia reactions, bleeding, infection, numbness, and other complications are rare risks associated with mini tummy tuck surgeries. The scar that remains from the procedure will take up to one year to heal and may always be visible, but can be concealed by underwear or a bikini.