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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.

Candidates

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.

Surgery

Prior the mini tummy tuck, you will be given a general anaesthetic, so you will be asleep throughout the procedure. 
 
A mini tummy tuck involves the surgeon making an incision above the pubic region. Unlike a full tummy tuck, the incision will go from thigh to thigh, rather than from hip to hip. Next, the excess skin will be removed from the lower abdomen. If elected, liposuction will take place to remove any excess fat. The remaining skin will then be pulled over the incision and stitched shut. 

FAQS

Can I have a mini tummy tuck?

A mini tummy tuck is suitable for those who have a slight amount of excess skin in the lower abdomen area. This is often popular for those who wish to have a smaller scar following the procedure. 

Should I have a mini tummy tuck or a full tummy tuck?

Prior to surgery, you will attend a consultation with one of the surgeons. They will be able to determine whether or not you are more suitable for a mini tummy tuck or you will need a full tummy tuck. 

To have a mini tummy tuck, you will need to have excess skin just in the lower abdominal area. If you have a larger amount of excess skin that is above the belly button, you may be more suitable for a full tummy tuck. 

Can I have other procedures with a mini tummy tuck?

It is a common occurrence to have another procedure at the same time as a mini tummy tuck. Many people choose to have liposuction, whether that be in the abdomen or surrounding areas, such as the hips, thighs, flanks or buttocks. Some people may opt to have a "mummy makeover" and have a breast augmentation or uplift at the same time as the mini tummy tuck.

Will I have a scar?

A tummy tuck is one of the few cosmetic procedures which will leave a noticeable scar as a result of the incision across the abdomen. While the scar from the mini tummy tuck will be considerably shorter than that of the regular tummy tuck, it will still be fairly noticeable. The scar will appear more prominent and red after the procedure, however, with time it will fade in colour and size. 

How long will the recovery period be?

You can expect to feel minor pain and discomfort for the first five days following the mini tummy tuck. You can take pain medication to help symptoms throughout this period. You will have to wear a compression garment, which will help to support the abdomen and reduce swelling. Most symptoms will resolve in four weeks, however, final results may be noticeable after three months.

The recovery period will be longer if you had liposuction or had other procedures at the same time.

When can I start exercising again?

You will have to avoid any strenuous physical activity for at least six weeks.

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