What Is a Mini-Abdominoplasty?

An abdominoplasty has several variations, one of which is a mini-abdominoplasty or mini-tummy tuck. The procedure utilizes a short incision at or just above your pubic region, something similar to what is created for a cesarean section.

The reason why the c-section like incision is created is to remove excess skin from your lower abdomen and tighten your muscles. If most of your issues involve stubborn fat and loose skin below your belly button, then perhaps you are an ideal candidate for a mini-abdominoplasty.

It is usually best suited for people who are in good general shape but have a hard time reaching their bodily goals.

If you have excess skin or fat that have localized in between your pubic area and belly button, a mini-tummy tuck is the perfect way to remove them. The procedure is designed to help you get rid of excess tissue from your lower abdomen and helps to repair any weakened muscles without disturbing your belly button.

The Difference Between the Mini Tummy Tuck and the Full Tummy Tuck?

The incision created for a mini tummy tuck is much smaller than the one created for a full tummy tuck. The goal of a full tummy tuck is the same as a mini-tummy tuck, but involves a more intensive technique as it is used to provide patients with a large amount of excess fat and skin the solution they need.

A mini tummy tuck, on the other hand, is less intensive than the full technique and is good for people who only require a small degree of correction.

Benefits Of A Mini-Tummy Tuck

The most significant advantages provided by a mini-tummy tuck procedure are the following:

Reduces the amount of skin in your lower abdomen.
Restricts the length of the post-surgical mark on your abdomen.
Helps to keep the belly button intact, without repositioning it.
The procedure increases the strength of your abdominal muscles, making them flatter, firmer, and more youthful.

There is, however, one crucial aspect to keep in mind: a mini tummy tuck is undoubtedly not a weight-reduction procedure. The results obtained from the procedure are permanent, but they may reduce with fluctuations in your body weight.

What To Expect From The Mini Tummy Tuck Procedure

Recovery from a mini-tummy tuck varies from person-to-person. Your recovery from the procedure will depend on several factors, such as age, general state of health, and body weight.

The procedure requires drains to be inserted for a few days, and you will be taught how to properly take care of them. You might have to take an anticoagulant and antibiotic while your abdomen has ducts. You also might have to wear an abdominal binder for about six weeks to prevent the buildup of fluid and to support your lower abdomen.

While recovering from the procedure, you will need to take some time off work and strenuous activities like lifting heavy weights and intense exercise routines.

Patients undergoing the procedure might experience some discomfort during the recovery process, but this is temporary. If you need help dealing with the discomfort, your doctor will prescribe medication. You should make sure to avoid alcohol and smoking while you are on painkillers and antibiotics to help facilitate the healing process and avoid complications.

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A mini tummy tuck is the perfect way for you to eliminate those areas of stubborn fat and get the body you’ve always wanted. With the help of Dr. Kenneth Hughes, a Harvard trained board-certified plastic surgeon, you can say goodbye to all that fat and skin and hello to a perfectly sculpted body. Contact our office to schedule your consultation today!

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