For many people who are trying to lose weight, get in shape and tone up and the belly remains one of the most challenging areas to shrink. Women in particularly are prone to sagging tummies post-pregnancy after the skin has been stretched and the abdominal muscles have been separated causing a protruding appearance. As important as regular exercise and a good diet are to achieving and maintaining a sleek stomach, these efforts don’t always yield the desired results. This can be very frustrating for those who are trying so hard to lose a few inches around their mid sections. Some of these patients may be helped by a mini tummy tuck.
What is a Mini Tummy Tuck?
A mini–tummy tuck is a popular variation of the ever popular plastic surgery procedure the tummy tuck. Tummy tuck patients are looking to be rid of excess skin on their tummy and tighten their stomach region. A mini tummy tuck is much like a traditional tummy tuck in that an incision is made to remove excess skin and pull the remaining skin down tighter for a more streamlined appearance. The perfect candidate for a mini tummy tuck is someone whose main frustrations with their stomach rest just below their belly button and who are in generally good shape otherwise. These ideal patients may have been struggling with a weight loss plateau and are engaged in regular exercise and have a fairly healthy diet, but just can’t seem to get their lower stomach toned up.
The mini-tummy tuck can be performed easily with the help of a local anesthesia which is much less risky than traditional tummy tucks in which a general anesthesia is used. The belly button will not require relocation with a mini tummy tuck as the loose skin below the belly button is removed and the edges are carefully sewn up. If there is loose skin in the upper abdomen, the mini tummy tuck will not work. Also, he mini tummy tuck only provides limited access to the abdominal muscles. As a result, loose muscles above the belly button cannot be addressed.
How long does a mini tummy tuck last?
A mini tummy tuck provides long-lasting results and the procedure is usually completed within a 2-5 hour time frame depending on the patient’s individual circumstances. Recovery time varies as well but most patients can expect a 2-6 week recovery period before returning to work and a 12 week period in which all strenuous activity should be avoided while the region heals. No drains are needed with a mini-tummy tuck which is usually necessary part of the traditional tummy tuck process.
How much does a mini tummy tuck cost?
The cost of a mini-tummy tuck is significantly less expensive than a traditional tummy tuck as well though the cost of the procedure will need to be discussed with your doctor beforehand. Cosmetic Surgery Prices.
How do I find out if a Mini Tummy Tuck is right for me?
Easy! Make a free consultation with Plastic Surgeon Dr. Staci Hix-Hernandez MD, who is an expert at tummy tucks and abdominal wall reconstructions. She will meet with you and discuss the appropriate procedure to reach your goals.