Mini Tummy Tuck
Mini Tummy Tuck (also known as lower abdominoplasty or mini tuck) is a less invasive option to full abdominoplasty. The skin is pulled down to create a flatter body contour. This procedure is suitable if the belly skin does not sag excessively. If the droop starts above the navel, then mini abdominoplasty may not be appropriate.
Frequently Asked Questions
Mini Tummy Tuck Operation
Unlike the full tummy tuck, the surgeon does not cut skin around the belly button with a mini tuck. Since the umbilicus is left alone, the procedure does not tighten any skin above the naval.
This operation may remove previous scars such as cesarean, hysterectomy and appendectomy scarring. This depends on whether the scar is located within the area of skin being removed. The length of the incision will depend on how much skin is being removed, but is usually smaller than incisions required for standard abdominoplasty. With mini tuck surgery, the incision laterally follows the pubic region and does not extend toward the hips.
Also, with a mini tuck, there is less area to be exposed and requiring healing. The surgeon only exposes muscles from the incision site up to the navel (not all the way up to the ribs). After the excess fat and skin are cut away or liposuctioned, the skin is pulled down and sutured. Mini tuck surgery takes about 1-2 hours and is often done in combination with abdominal liposuction.
Mini Tummy Tuck Recovery
The operation can be done as an outpatient procedure under local anaesthetic. This means you can be released from hospital within a few hours. The drainage tube is removed before you go home. Recovering from a mini tuck takes much less time than standard abdominoplasty recovery. You will still experience pain, which can be treated with medication. You will need to avoid strenuous activities for two to three weeks. However, most people return to work within a week after mini tuck surgery.
Mini Tummy Tuck Risks
The risks associated with a mini tuck include infection, blood clots, bleeding, accumulation of fluid, loss of sensation, prolonged swelling, wounds separating or not healing properly, nerve damage, necrosis (dying tissue), seroma and of course visible scarring.
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