The mini tummy tuck surgery is designed to sculpt the abdomen, removing excess skin and fat and leaving the area looking smoother and more toned. This technique, also known as partial abdominoplasty surgery, as performed by double board-certified plastic surgeon Nathan Eberle, M.D., D.D.S., F.A.C.S. of the Weston Center for Plastic Surgery is popular among Fort Lauderdale and Broward County area residents who wish their stomach was flatter and more defined.
WHAT IS A MINI TUMMY TUCK?
A mini tummy tuck, also known as a mini-abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that tightens loose skin on the lower abdomen between the area of the belly button and the pubic region. In comparison to a full tummy tuck, a mini tummy tuck involves a much smaller incision across the lower abdomen, while the region of the belly button is left intact. A mini tummy tuck does not remove fat from the upper abdomen as a regular tummy tuck does.
BENEFITS OF A MINI TUMMY TUCK
The biggest advantage of the mini tummy tuck is the smaller scar in comparison to a regular tummy tuck. The tummy tuck is a less rigorous and complex surgery than the regular tummy tuck and recovery time is quicker. This procedure can be done with or without muscle tightening of the lower abdomen. The mini tummy tuck restores a flat belly and a tight, firm contour of the lower abdomen, yielding a firmer-looking appearance and boosting self-confidence and self-esteem.
IS A MINI TUMMY TUCK RIGHT FOR ME?
Mini tummy tucks were created for people who have excess skin or fat located below their belly button rather than above it. This type of partial abdominoplasty is commonly performed on women who have given birth. Men and women who have lost a significant amount of weight may also be good candidates for a mini tummy tuck. Ideal candidates are at a stable weight, are in good general health, and are not planning to become pregnant or lose a significant amount of weight in the near future.
HOW INVOLVED IS THE MINI TUMMY TUCK PROCEDURE?
Because it involves the abdominal area, a mini tummy tuck is a fairly involved form of plastic surgery, though less involved than the full abdominoplasty surgery. Compared to the full tummy tuck, it requires shorter incisions, a shorter surgical process, and a shorter recovery period. It is performed under general anesthesia and takes the doctor between one to two hours.
First, an incision is made in the lower part of the abdomen, usually low enough that it can be covered with underwear or a bathing suit. Next, excess skin and fat below the belly button are trimmed and removed. The natural tissues are sculpted to provide a smoother, younger-looking contour. The muscles may also be tightened, particularly when the surgery is performed on a woman who has given birth, as the abdominal muscles often separate during pregnancy. The belly button may be repositioned during this procedure. Finally, sutures are used to close the incisions.
HOW LONG IS THE RECOVERY AFTER A MINI TUMMY TUCK?
While the recovery after a mini tummy tuck is shorter than that for a full tummy tuck, most Fort Lauderdale area patients still take at least one to two weeks away from work. During the first few days, you will need to spend plenty of time in bed, before gradually returning to your normal activity level. Common side effects include discomfort and soreness, bruising, and swelling. A compression garment must be worn to support the abdominal tissues for up to six weeks. Patients should avoid strenuous exercise and heavy lifting for at least six weeks.
HOW MUCH DOES A MINI TUMMY TUCK COST?
The mini tummy tuck is considered to be a less expensive option for patients who are considering a full abdominoplasty surgery but wish to focus on excess tissue located below the belly button area. Financing is available.
WHAT SHOULD I DO NEXT?
If you live in Fort Lauderdale or Broward County and are looking for a way to sculpt your lower abdomen, consider the mini tummy tuck. Contact double board-certified plastic surgeon Nathan Eberle, M.D., D.D.S., F.A.C.S. at the Weston Center for Plastic Surgery today for your consultation.