The best candidates for a mini tummy tuck are those who are in otherwise good shape and at a stable weight. Patients with loose or sagging skin following weight loss or pregnancy are the best candidates.
For a mini tummy tuck, surgery is confined to the lower abdomen below the belly button. Areas above the belly button are more appropriately addressed using a complete abdominoplasty.
In a mini tummy tuck the incision is made above the pubic bone (similar to a C section scar) and the loose skin and fat are removed. Once healed the scar is well covered by standard underwear or bikinis.
The lower tummy muscles are tightened if necessary to achieve a flatter contour.
Unlike a full tummy tuck, the belly button does not require repositioning, as such there are no scars made around the belly button. (No scars are seen wearing bikinis).
Most mini tummy tucks are performed as day cases often in combination with Breast Enlargement surgery.
You will be required to rest to allow your body to heal and most people take a week or two off work. You will wear a compression garment to help reduce swelling for 4-6 weeks. Most patients are well healed and back to their normal activities by 4-6 weeks.
The mini tummy tuck is an ideal procedure for those patients who are otherwise in good shape who have loose skin on their lower tummy. This operation will do what no amount of dieting or exercise can do.
With the right body contouring procedure you can achieve a tighter, flatter and smooth tummy with long lasting results.