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Mini Tummy Tuck
Have you lost weight, and now have excess skin on your lower abdomen? Do you have skin folds after a C-section? This can occur on both men and women, can be unsightly and can cause lowered self-esteem. For those who do not require a traditional tummy tuck, a mini tummy tuck can be an attractive alternative. 

What is a mini tummy tuck? 
Unlike a full tummy tuck, a mini tummy tuck only targets the excess fat and skin in the lower abdomen. It involves a smaller scar and results in a faster recovery time. A full tummy tuck can address excess fat located in a higher area of the abdomen and will involve tightening of the abdominal muscles. This is a better option for those who have a larger amount of excess skin that needs to be removed. 

What are the benefits of a mini tummy tuck?
So why should you have a mini tummy tuck instead of a full tummy tuck? The mini tummy tuck only treats the area below the navel, so therefore the belly button does not have to be repositioned. Because the area that is being treated is smaller, you will have a smaller scar, which will make the recovery time quicker. This is also an attractive option for those who have budget limitations - a mini tummy tuck is a more economical option than a full tummy tuck. 
If you do not require any abdominal muscle tightening or any skin removal above the belly button, a mini tummy tuck is a good option. 

Can I have a mini tummy tuck? 
Those who want a mini tummy tuck will be wanting to remove excess skin on the lower abdomen or around their C-section scar. To be an appropriate candidate for a tummy tuck, you will need to:
- Be of a stable weight
- Have a good skin tone and elasticity 
- Only require a small amount of excess skin to be removed from the lower abdomen
- Be in good physical health 
- Be able to stop smoking at least two weeks before the procedure, as well as during the recovery period. 

You will also have to have realistic expectations about what the procedure can achieve. During your initial consultation with the surgeon, they will be able to determine whether or not you are a good candidate for the procedure, or whether you should opt for a full tummy tuck. 

Can I have a mini tummy tuck with other procedures? 
Many patients decide to combine a mini tummy tuck with liposuction. As a mini tummy tuck only targets excess skin, a liposuction is able to remove any excess fat from areas such as love handles and around the belly button. Liposuction involves making small incisions and extracting the fat using a thin cannula. The liposuction is completed after the mini tummy tuck. Pairing the two procedures allows you to have a fully contoured abdomen. If you are interested in combining a mini tummy tuck and liposuction, discuss this with your surgeon during your consultation in order to find out if you are eligible. 

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