As people age, their metabolism slows down. As a result, even if they do not change their diet, they start to put on weight. It is not uncommon for the excess weight to collect around the abdomen and midsection. Usually, when people notice that they’re putting on additional weight, they will go on a reduced calorie diet and increase the amount of exercise they do. Unfortunately, this is not always enough to help people get the toned and firm abdomen they want. Some have opted to use cosmetic surgical procedures to remove excess fat, excess skin and improve the contour of their abdomen below the belly button. A traditional tummy tuck is a popular option for some, but in many cases, it’s overkill. That is why others opt for a mini tummy tuck.
Mini tummy tucks are perfect for patients who have a small amount of excess skin and a moderate amount of extra fat deposits in their abdomen. Compared with traditional tummy tucks, mini tummy tucks require minimal downtime.
What Makes a Good Candidate for a Mini Tummy Tuck?
In most cases, good candidates for a mini tummy tuck are people who have excessive skin and excessive fat primarily in the abdomen. A good candidate is in overall good health and does not have any ailments that would prevent them from healing naturally. A good candidate will also have good muscle tone and strong abdominal muscles. They will have a clear understanding of what the procedure entails, as well as a realistic view of how they will look after the procedure is finished.
What is the Process for A Mini Tummy Tuck?
During the initial consultation, our cosmetic surgeon will ask about your surgical history and will ask about any allergies or medications you are currently taking. It is important to be honest during this initial evaluation. Fully disclosing important medical information will reduce the chance of you having complications after surgery. If you are a good candidate for a mini tummy tuck, you will see improvements to your body’s contour in the days following surgery. The improvements will continue to be noticeable in the months after the surgery. It is important that you work to maintain a stable weight by having a good diet and exercising regularly in order to keep your newly contoured shape.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
At the office of Dr. J. Anthony Stephens, MD in Baton Rouge, we have completed countless successful mini tummy tuck procedures for patients seeking a less invasive way to effectively remove unwanted fat. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have and determine if a mini tummy tuck procedure is right for you. Contact our office today to schedule your appointment.