A mini tummy tuck is far less invasive than traditional abdominoplasty, but still capable of producing remarkable results. People can have this cosmetic procedure performed to correct stubborn, abdominal areas that are not responsive to changes in diet or exercise. It is the ideal surgery for those who have minor muscle looseness and limited amounts of excess skin in the lower abdominal region.
Get a Smaller and Less Noticeable Incision
A mini tummy tuck is often chosen when people are in fairly good shape but have reached frustrating exercise and diet plateaus. It is used to tighten muscles that are not responsive to continued strength-training and to eliminate saggy, excess skin that detracts from the appearance of the stomach. Due to this fact, this surgery does not entail any considerable amount of fat removal. Instead, Doctor Stephens performs limited muscle and skin tightening that requires only a very short incision. This incision is usually located below the belly button given that most mini tummy tuck procedures do not require cutting around the umbiculus. Weak abdominal muscles can be repaired from the inside and thus, there is no need to move or reposition the navel. Scarring is usually minimal and very difficult to detect. Best of all, the results can be permanent so long as patients do not gain a significant amount of weight in the future.
Shorter Recovery Times
Given that a mini tummy tuck is less invasive and entails a far smaller incision, the recovery time is relatively nominal as well. This is can be either an inpatient or outpatient procedure and can take anywhere from two to five hours to complete, depending upon the needs and goals of the individual. Most doctors recommend waiting two to six weeks before returning to work and eight to twelve weeks before resuming strenuous activities.
How to Know If a Mini Tummy Tuck Is Right For You
A mini tummy tuck is ideal for patients who have minor issues with excess skin and loose muscles below the belly button. If you have been diligent in your weight loss efforts but cannot seem to get rid of baggy skin or tighten up loose and unresponsive muscles in the lower abdominal region, this procedure could be the best solution. People with excess abdominal fat and excess skin at or above the belly button are often better candidates for traditional abdominoplasty.
If you’re interested in a mini tummy tuck, our medical team at J. Anthony Stephens, MD can help. We’ll work with you to create a treatment plan that is tailored to your needs. Contact J. Anthony Stephens, MD today to schedule your consultation.