Mini Tummy Tuck Surgery
By Patricia Berbari on October 15, 2013
A mini tummy tuck is a surgical procedure known as a partial abdominoplasty, and is an ideal procedure for Gatineau patients who have a small or moderate amount of extra skin in the lower region of the abdomen. This procedure can be for beneficial for both men and women that do not need a full tummy tuck yet are not happy with the appearance of excess, loose skin below the navel. When patients select a skilled plastic surgeon to perform the mini tummy tuck procedure, they can achieve a flatter and slimmer abdomen.
Choosing the Mini Tummy Tuck
If you have skin laxity in the abdomen, which does not extend above the navel, then having a mini tummy tuck may be the best option for you. In most cases, bulging in the lower part of the abdomen is attributed to the accumulation of extra skin, in addition to weakened stomach muscles in this part of the abdomen, which can be caused by pregnancy or weight fluctuation.
During your consultation with your plastic surgeon, you will discuss your goals for the surgery as well as ask any questions you may have so that you can gain a realistic understanding of the effects of the surgery. In some cases, it may be discovered that in addition to a mini tummy tuck, you are also a candidate for liposuction, which will help to sculpt and shape your abdomen further.
The Mini Tummy Tuck Procedure
The mini tummy tuck procedure is much less invasive than the traditional, full tummy tuck and can be completed under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis. A full tummy tuck will require an incision that goes around the navel, and an incision across the lower abdomen. With a mini tummy tuck, your navel will be left intact, and a much smaller incision will be made across the lower abdomen. When the surgery is performed, any excess skin is removed, and the remaining skin is pulled taut over the lower abdomen.
Within a few days after surgery, you may experience some discomfort, but it is usually easily managed with over-the-counter medication for pain. It is important to care for the incision site properly by keeping it clean and dry in order to ensure that no infection results.
Once the swelling from the procedure has subsided, you will begin to enjoy a firmer and flatter abdomen. In most cases, the majority of the swelling, bruising, and pain will be gone within two weeks of the procedure. All residual swelling should dissipate by three months after surgery.
Learn More about the Mini Tummy Tuck Procedure
A mini tummy tuck can provide you with increased self-confidence and pride in your overall appearance. If you are considering this procedure, let our plastic surgeon help you achieve the tummy you desire. To learn more about what the procedure entails, schedule a consultation with Dr. Patricia Berbari and her capable staff. They are waiting to answer any questions you may have and address your concerns.
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