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Mini Tummy Tuck: step by step

What Can You Expect With Mini Tummy Tuck Surgery

The best way to determine if a mini tummy tuck is the right procedure for you is to have an initial consultation with your surgeon. You will have an opportunity to discuss your goals and expectations with the doctor, and ask any relevant questions you have about the surgery.

During your initial consultation, your surgeon will:

  • Review your medical history and any medications you are taking
  • Discuss the part of your body that you would like treated
  • Provide recommendations based on you needs and your goals

Your surgeon will listen to your needs, expectations and your desired outcome from the mini tummy tuck. The doctor will discuss the procedure with you, and answer any questions you may have. You will be able to tour our state-of-the-art surgical facility located in Hertfordshire. During this time you will also be able to meet with our caring staff that will be part of your team.

Your surgery is usually performed under IV sedation. Your surgeon will determine the best type of anaesthesia based on the procedure and your specific needs.

At the time of surgery, an incision is made horizontally across the lower abdomen, just above the pubic mound. Unlike a full tummy tuck, the incision does not go from hip bone to hip bone, but rather from mid-thigh to mid-thigh.

The skin is then loosened from the abdominal wall. The lower abdominal muscles can be pulled into a tighter position, excess fat is removed, and then the muscles are sutured. Once the procedure is completed, the incision will be sutured and bandaged. You may be given an elastic bandage or compression garment to wear in order to minimise swelling to support the abdomen as it heals.

Compared to a full tummy tuck, the mini tummy tuck is not as painful. There will be discomfort, which will be managed by the prescription pain medication the surgeon ordered for you.

Your surgeon and expert nurses will see you at regularly scheduled intervals during the weeks following the surgery. This is done so the doctor can personally monitor your recovery process, and to ensure that you have the best results possible.

The tummy tuck surgery will leave your abdomen bruised and swollen, which will diminish over a period of a week. Recovery from mini tummy tuck surgery requires rest and taking it easy. The first two days following the surgery are usually the most uncomfortable.  After the first two days, you’ll notice a dramatic improvement in how you feel.

During your recovery, you should avoid strenuous physical activity, and you may need to limit your physical activity from four to six weeks. After your mini tummy tuck procedure, you will have a flatter, firmer abdominal contour. The actual results may be hidden due to swelling at first, but you will begin to see your new slimmer profile within one to two weeks after surgery. Depending on the surgery, it may take anywhere from several weeks or months to see the final results.

During recovery, it is critical that you refrain from smoking. Smoking deprives your body of oxygen, which increases the risk of wound breakdown and infection following the surgery.

Find out more

You can find out more about Mini Tummy Tuck surgery on our blog pages. At London Lipo Institute, we have a number of plastic surgeons experienced in Mini Tummy Tuck surgery. To book a free consultation, please call us on 01923 801601 or email Alternatively, please fill out the contact box below and a member of our team will get in touch with you.

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