No two patients have the same cosmetic goals and concerns, and there is no single type of surgery that will suit everyone’s needs. While a traditional tummy tuck can produce amazing results, a mini tummy tuck is an excellent alternative for anyone who would prefer a less invasive procedure that mainly alters the area just below the belly button.
What Can Be Treated?
The primary difference between a full tummy tuck and a mini tummy tuck is the size of the treatment site. Full tummy tucks address issues throughout the abdominal area, including the flanks and upper stomach. Mini tummy tucks, on the other hand, generally treat the area between the belly button and pelvic mound. The “pooch” that many people develop in that area of the body is generally the result of skin laxity issues, extra abdominal fat and weak abdominal muscles.
Since the treatment site is smaller, this procedure is much less invasive. Mini tummy tucks are often completed in less than an hour and have a much shorter recovery time. This can be compared to traditional tummy tucks that can take up to four hours to complete and can require three or more weeks to fully recover. In addition to altering the contours of one’s stomach, this surgery may also reduce the visibility of stretch marks.
Is a Mini Tummy Tuck Right for Me?
During a mini tummy tuck, Dr. Stephens may gently alter and reposition the soft tissue to create a flat and toned appearance. While some fat and excess skin might be removed, this is not considered to be a weight loss procedure. Patients who are interested in a mini tummy tuck should be close to their ideal weight and prepared to make healthy lifestyle choices.
After Your Tummy Tuck
Even though the recovery period is usually much shorter, patients should still be ready to take some time off of work and other physical activities. Patients will be given detailed instructions on how to care for themselves after the procedure. Giving your body enough time to heal itself will help to ensure positive results.
Learn More About a Mini Tummy Tuck
If you are in the Baton Rouge or surrounding area and interested in getting rid of that stubborn pooch, schedule a consultation at the office of Dr. J. Anthony Stephens to find out if a mini tummy tuck could be the right solution for you! Contact us today to book your appointment.