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