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Is a Mini Tummy Tuck Right for Me?

Loose Skin on the Belly. 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 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. Mini Tummy Tuck vs Full Tummy Tuck   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. Do I need Liposuction or a Tummy Tuck?  …

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Tummy Tuck SurgeryTummy tucks are popular procedures for patients who recently lost weight or went through childbirth only to find a pack of excess skin in the tummy area. There are several treatments designed to produce skin tightening, but when there is a drastic need like in many tummy tuck patients, non-surgical treatments are not enough to resolve the issue.There are some serious downsides to the traditional tummy tuck. The procedure is designed to reduce excess fat and skin as well as tighten the underlying muscles in the area. It is a procedure that addresses several issues but in doing so, produces a significant scar that generally spans from hip to hip and many patients are not comfortable with the size of the scar.Mini Tummy TuckThe mini tummy tuck, offered at Beleza Medspa, is a good alternative for patients who are not candidates for a full tummy tuck but need the skin tightening that comes with it. Generally, mini tummy tuck candidates have less skin to remove and do not need the structural work that is done in conjunction with a full tummy tuck. The benefits of the mini tummy tuck include a smaller, less noticeable and often lower scar. Another benefit is that the procedure can be done without a general anesthetic using an injected numbing solution and a mild oral sedative. Because only the skin is affected and the muscle under is left alone, most mini tummy tuck patients do not report high levels of pain during recovery.Liposuction Tummy TuckMany SmartLipo patients are opting in to a mini tummy tuck to enhance the effects of the SmartLipo procedure. Because SmartLipo addresses some skin laxity but cannot improve the look of drastically saggy skin, the mini tummy tuck is added to fill that need.Laser Tummy TuckHowever, many patients can have their loose skin addressed alone with a Laser Tummy Tuck.  The heat produced form the Smartlipo Laser can lead to a great deal of skin tightening.  The procedure can be repeated for even greater results.  The tummy tuck scar can be avoided altogether.When added to a SmartLipo procedure, the mini tummy tuck does not drastically raise the price and is a great option for moms who want to improve the look of saggy skin left over from pregnancy or patients who lost weight and want to show it off.Some patients are not ideal candidates for the mini tummy tuck and would benefit from Smart Lipo or a full tummy tuck. The best way to determine if the mini tummy tuck is right for you is to come in for a free consultation so our staff can examine the area and make the best recommendation for your needs.Tummy Tuck Surgery CostLiposuction vs. Tummy Tuck…

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