Patients who have excess and loose skin on the abdomen, but do not need a full tummy tuck can benefit from a Mini Tummy Tuck. This procedure can help by tightening the abdomen for a smoother, tauter body contour.
What is a Mini Tummy Tuck?
A Mini Tummy Tuck is a less intensive version of a full tummy tuck in Boston. Like a full tummy tuck, it is done to flatten the abdomen by removing any excess skin and fat and tightening the underlying muscles. This procedure is done for those who cannot remedy excess skin and tissue they may have below the naval.
How is a Mini Tummy Tuck done?
Unlike a full tummy tuck, a Mini Tummy Tuck calls for a smaller incision and does not include an incision around the navel. An incision is still made horizontally along the hip bones, and the abdominal muscles are then be pulled together, tightening the abdominal wall. Any excess fat is removed, often using liposuction, and the abdominal skin will be stretched down. Excess skin will be removed, and sutures will close any incisions. Drains may be placed to help prevent a buildup of fluids.
Who is a good candidate for a Mini Tummy Tuck?
Ideal candidates for a Mini Tummy Tuck are those who have excess skin or fat below the belly button. Patients who cannot eliminate this excess skin and fat with diet and exercise can benefit from this procedure. Women who are considering a future pregnancy should wait to have a tummy tuck procedure.
What should I expect during recovery from a Mini Tummy Tuck?
After a Mini Tummy Tuck procedure, most patients are able to return to their desk job in a week. Any heavy lifting and exercise should be avoided for three to four weeks, and any drains will be removed after two to three days. Bruising and swelling can take two to three weeks to diminish. Final results can be seen after six weeks. It is vital that you follow Boston Cosmetic Surgeon Dr. Narasimhan’s instructions for recovery for optimal results.