Tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a major surgical procedure that can help tighten up the skin on your belly as well as get rid of excess fat. A full tummy tuck can tighten the muscles on the upper and lower abdomen, but if you only need a little help a mini tummy tuck may be right up your alley.
This procedure is for those people who have just a small amount of excess fat and loose skin. If you’ve undergone a dramatic weight loss or have had multiple pregnancies that have torn your abdominal muscles, you’re probably not the right person for a mini.
This procedure works great for those people who are in good shape and don’t have a lot of excess body fat but just seem to be losing the fight with gravity. I have a friend who is a perfect example.
She has been fit and toned her whole life, never an extra ounce of fat, but now that she’s getting older her abdominal skin is sagging a bit and giving her a ‘paunchy’ look. She is the perfect person for a mini tummy tuck.
These procedures are less invasive than a full tummy tuck, but they are still pretty major surgery. The surgeon will make a small incision right below the belly button. He will then pull back the skin and remove some fat from the abdomen.
Sometimes the surgeon will actually sew the muscles back together if there has been tearing of the abdominal muscles. He will than remove excess skin and suture the incision up.
Most of the time the surgeon will place small drain tubes into the incision to help the area drain while it is healing. After the surgery the doctor will use compression bandages to wrap the area and keep pressure on the abdomen. This is done to help lessen the swelling and to help with the healing.
One of the biggest differences between this procedure and a regular tummy tuck is that the belly button is not removed and repositioned. The length of the incisions is also usually much smaller.
The recovery time for a mini tuck is usually less. Typically you’ll remain for several hours after the procedure, until all the anesthesia wears off, then your driver can take you home.
Over night stays are not usually needed. You will be told to wear the compression garment full time for the first several weeks after the surgery. Several weeks after the procedure, you’ll have a follow up visit with your doctor where he’ll take out the sutures.
You will experience a little pain while recovering from the surgery. If you’ve ever had a C-Section you’ll be familiar with the pain. The doctor will usually prescribe some sort of pain medication.
Most people can return to work in about a week, but it’s usually going to be 4 to 6 weeks before you can do anything really strenuous.
If you only have a small amount of excess fat or skin, a mini tummy tuck will probably be a good choice for you. It’s less expensive, less invasive and usually has a much shorter recovery period, yet the results can be amazing.