For patients who are considering a tummy tuck but may be unfit for the procedure due to no laxity or laxity occurring solely in the muscle below the belly button, there is still a way to achieve the body contour they desire: the mini tummy tuck. This procedure can acheive even better results than a standard tummy tuck; due to the reduced surface area, the incisions are smaller and can be hidden even better than in a standard tummy tuck.
The Mini Tummy Tuck Procedure
The incisions used in a mini tummy tuck is smaller and less noticeable than incisions used for a full tummy tuck; only one is created at the bikini line. The goal of a full or modified tummy tuck is the same: to create a tighter, flatter stomach. Through a single, short incision at or above the pubic area that stretches a few inches across the lower abdomen, your plastic surgeon will remove excess skin, tighten the underlying slack muscle and perhaps use a fat-removal procedure like liposuction to further contour the area.
Recovery from a mini tummy tuck is shorter than it is for a traditional tummy tuck (as well as a belt lipectomy, for instance) but it is important to stress that this procedure is still considered major surgery. Post-treatment care is also easier as well.*
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