If you’re dissatisfied with the appearance of your abdomen, you might want to consider a mini tummy tuck. Dr. Peter Kay at Perfection Plastic Surgery may recommend this procedure for certain patients who primarily require improvements to the abdominal area below the belly button, rather than above it. In these patients, a mini tummy tuck can lead to greater self-confidence and a better body image.
Comparing Mini Tummy Tucks to Tummy Tucks
A regular or full tummy tuck involves removing excess fat and skin, and tightening the muscles that underlie the entire abdominal region, both below and above the belly button. In contrast, a mini tummy tuck will only affect the fat, skin, and muscles below the belly button, but above the pubic region.
There are a number of reasons why you might consider getting a mini tummy tuck. Many people experience a stubborn lower belly “pooch” that refuses to respond to diet and exercise. It’s typically exacerbated by the effects of pregnancy and childbirth, although genetics and the aging process can also play a role. People who have lost a great deal of excess weight, such as post-bariatric surgery patients, may also benefit from the mini tummy tuck.
Are You a Good Candidate?
Dr. Peter Kay performs thorough evaluations and offers personalized guidance so that each patient can feel confident in the recommended treatment plan. In addition to ensuring that your aesthetic goals can be fully met by a mini tummy tuck, Dr. Kay will consider your health history. Patient safety and well-being are our highest priorities here at Perfection Plastic Surgery. Please also disclose all of your pre-existing medical conditions, as well as any medications or supplements you may be taking.
While candidacy is determined on a case-by-case basis, in general, good candidates are those who are within a healthy weight range, are non-smokers, and aren’t planning to become pregnant. If you are a woman who does want to have children, it’s generally best to wait until afterward to have a mini tummy tuck.
What to Expect from a Mini Tummy Tuck
Mini tummy tucks are typically performed as outpatient procedures. This means you can expect to return home a few hours after the surgery. First, you will receive general anesthesia to put you to sleep. Then, the surgeon will make a small incision slightly north of the pubic mound. Finally, excess fat and skin will be removed, and the abdominal muscles will be tightened as needed to create a smooth, flat contour.
It’s important to follow your discharge instructions carefully. Please don’t hesitate to call our office if you have any questions or concerns. Thanks to Dr. Kay’s use of the progressive suture technique, patients rarely need to have drains placed to remove accumulated fluid. And because Dr. Kay can place a thin catheter to administer local anesthetic to the area for several days, discomfort is greatly reduced. However, you should still plan to rest quietly at home for at least a few days. Every patient heals a little differently. Most can return to light activities within seven to 10 days.