So What Is a Mini Tummy Tuck
Patients ask me every day, “What is a Mimi tummy tuck?” and how different is a mini tummy tuck vs full tummy tuck?
A mini tummy tuck is a small-scale version of the traditional abdominoplasty. Mini tummy tucks are best for people with small to moderate amounts of loose skin and fat on their lower abdomen. Doctors typically recommend that individuals who want a mini tummy tuck be close to their ideal weight and have no separation in the abdominal muscles typically associated with pregnancy, especially multiple ones, or extensive weight loss.
When the removal of excess skin is restricted to the area below the belly button, a mini tummy tuck may be the ideal procedure.
After your mini tummy tuck, you should expect some bruising and swelling for about one week after the operation. Most people take about two weeks off from work, then gradually ease back into strenuous or high-impact activity over the next three weeks.
Takeaway: Mini tummy tucks might be a good option if you only have a small amount of excess skin and fat around your lower abdomen.
Who Is The Perfect Mini Tummy Tuck Patient?
Are you a mini tummy tuck candidate?
Fat localized between the pubic area and the belly button is notoriously difficult to eliminate. Even with diligent exercise programs and eating right, this body area will hold on to fat. And if you do manage to lose the weight, often loose skin remains. In these cases, a mini tummy tuck can be ideal for flattening and toning the midsection.
People who have this procedure need to be in relatively good health, and the closer to their ideal weight, the better.
Good candidates for a mini tummy tuck have minimal to moderate excess skin in the lower abdominal area and cannot be removed by liposuction alone or scarless skin tightening. It helps if the patient possesses a high-positioned belly button.
Patients with extensive surgeries on their stomach area, like a cesarean section, might need to consider other options, including a full tummy tuck due to scarring or other issues.
The last criterion for the perfect patient for a mini tummy tuck is one that trusts the recommendation of their surgeon. By in large, when it comes to tummy tucks, the right procedure is clear-cut. Each type addresses the issues of loose abdominals to make the right correction that will give you, as a patient, the results you are paying for. So, if you have modest loose skin and extra fat BELOW your navel with no muscle separation, a mini tuck is likely your best option.
If you have extensive loose skin and more than moderate fat deposits, you may need what is called an extended tummy tuck. If you trust your surgeon to produce the results you say you want, follow their recommendation. Make sure all your questions are answered and you feel the relationship is a good fit.
Combining A Mini Tummy Tuck and VASER Liposuction
The most noteworthy benefit of having VASER liposuction and a tummy tuck together is that your surgeon can address exercise-resistant fat while removing loose skin. Plus, you will only need to schedule one surgery and one recovery period vs. two surgeries with two procedures and recoveries.
Another possible benefit of a combined VASER lipo and abdominoplasty procedure is your surgeon may be able to eliminate the need for post-surgical drains.
An aesthetic benefit when combining a tummy tuck with VASER liposuction is that you maximize body contouring results in a way that isn't possible with either procedure done separately. Extra fat and loose skin go hand-in-hand, so addressing both cosmetic concerns simultaneously is an efficient and effective approach.
If you are combine a tummy tuck with several other procedures, like a mommy makeover, your recovery and preparations before and after surgery will be more extensive. Chances are, if you had more than one pregnancy, you will need a full tummy tuck. Not all women need a full tuck but be open to hear from your surgeon what they think, giving your body’s needs.
Swelling takes several months to completely go down. That is when you will see your new, finishing contours.