How Does a Mini Tummy Tuck Procedure Work?
Mini tummy tuck purpose is to flatten the abdomen and eliminate the pooch usually found in the lower belly.
The procedure is straightforward and may involve the suturing of the muscles in your lower abdomen. The suturing, however, is not visible from the outside.
In case of excess skin, it is cut away, and the remaining is laid flat. This is why you may also see a reduction in your stretch marks, based on where they’re placed and how much skin is trimmed.
Some patients may require more surgical procedures, though, including liposuction. It is typically required when there is excess fat.
Here’s how the mini tummy tuck works:
- Your doctor will make an incision – between 4” to 8” long – to your lower abdomen. The incision is as big as a C-section scar.
- If you have had a C-section or any other similar surgery, your doctor may use the same incision to perform the procedure. However, the new incision might be slightly longer.
- Your doctor will remove the excess skin before tightening the loose muscles. Then, he will pull the remaining skin into position and stitch it back into place to give you a flatter stomach.
The mini-abdominoplasty can take nearly 1-2 hours to complete. It is done under general anaesthetic so that you won´t feel a thing throughout the procedure.
Risks and Complications
Every surgical procedure carries risks involved, and a mini tummy tuck is no exception. Patients could present with numbness, swelling, and bruising, especially around the scar.
Some diminished or burning sensation is expected after surgery around the lower abdomen. However, this will spontaneously resolve in 3 – 6 months. Permanent numbness is unlikely.
Asymmetry and contour irregularities are uncommon when choosing a great cosmetic surgeon.
Less common and severe complications include bleeding, blood clots, infections, and thickness of scarring.
Mini Tummy Tuck – Frequently Asked Questions
HOW WILL I LOOK AFTER A MINI TUMMY TUCK?
When a patient decides to go in for a mini tummy tuck, he/she could feel anxiety over the possible outcome. After all, realistic expectations are essential to ensure a good process too. And here is where computer simulations come into play.
When seeing before & after pictures, the patient can communicate the problematic areas and body goals to the surgeon.
Recent progress in photographic software allows the patient to see what the final result will be: what surgeons aim to achieve after the surgery. In that way, the surgeon and patient can be on the same page.
However, remember that computer simulation should in no way be considered as what the final result will be!
It should be seen as the outline of the surgical plan. It is designed to get you one step closer to the results and give you a clear preview.
Doctor Jesús Benito: Bibliography & Publications:
Elective, Non-urgent Procedures and Aesthetic Surgery in the Wake of SARS–COVID-19: Considerations Regarding Safety, Feasibility and Impact on Clinical Management. Kaye, F. Paprottka, R. Escudero, G. Casabona, J. Montes, R. Fakin, L. Moke, T. Stasch, D. Richter, J. Benito-Ruiz. Aesthetic Plast Surg. 2020 May
27th International Congress of the European Association for Endoscopic Surgery (EAES) Sevilla, Spain, 12–15 June 2019 Surg Endosc. 2019; 33(Suppl 2): 485–781. Published online 2019 Sep 13.
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