Mini Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Overview
A tummy tuck is a cosmetic surgery to make your abdomen appear firmer and toned. This is done surgically by removing the excess fatty tissues and skin around the abdominal area. Incisions are made starting above the pubic hairline and skin is separated by the plastic surgeon to tighten muscles, reposition belly button as well get rid of excess skin. The mini tummy tuck in comparison is a less intrusive surgery and requires smaller incisions to be made in the patient’s abdominal area. A hip-to-hip incision is avoided and comparatively less skin is removed in a mini abdominoplasty. It is more like a liposuction procedure, but not exactly the same.
According to Dr. Parker, a renowned plastic surgeon of Las Vegas, NV those patients who do not have excess skin and comparatively fewer or no stretch marks are suitable candidates for a mini abdominoplasty. It can also be called as an alternative procedure that lies as a solution between a full tummy tuck and a liposuction surgery.
Reasons for getting a mini tummy tuck
Most women who are left with excess skin around their abdomen after delivering a baby opt for a mini tummy tuck rather than a liposuction. Also such patients may have their abdominal muscles stretched to a certain extent. Due to this, they may not achieve quick results even by exercising. These stretched abdominal muscles give the appearance of a small bulge which can look unattractive in the lower abdominal area. But with miny tummy tuck, they can get rid of it.
Mini tummy tuck procedure
Though the mini tummy tuck procedure is similar to a full abdominoplasty, the incision as mentioned earlier is much smaller. Also the amount of excess skin and fat removed is less. A small incision is made by the cosmetic surgeon above the pubic bone and excess fat is removed. Muscles of the abdomen are tightened or pulled up. The incision is then covered with the stretched loose skin after the excess has been cut away. A drain tube is placed under the skin and finally the incision is sealed. The procedure usually takes about one to two hours to complete. The incision is generally made around the same spot as a C-section cut. The tube is removed by the plastic surgeon after four to six days.
The patient is expected to be up and moving by the evening of the day of the operation. The patient can also resume work and other activities in five-six days. Light exercise can be undertaken in two to three weeks but is also dependent upon the patient’s healing speed.
This procedure is not meant for the obese, they can opt for a full tummy tuck instead. Obviously since a “mini” tummy tuck is less comprehensive surgery than a “full” tummy tuck, its costs are likely to be lesser. It is estimated to cost between $4,000 and $5,000 but the figure can vary on a wide scale depending upon the area of operation and the experience of the plastic surgeon.