A mini tummy tuck is a type of cosmetic abdominal surgery that aims to recontour the lower abdomen area. It is the least invasive and the most affordable of all types of abdominoplasty. Plastic surgeons typically create a horizontal incision across the lower abdomen and use it to remove excess fat and skin as well as tighten the underlying tissue. Many patients who have this cosmetic surgery enjoy a firmer and tighter abdomen. You may choose a mini tummy tuck for a variety of aesthetic or medical reasons, including the following.
Address post-pregnancy changes
A mini-abdominoplasty can help women who have been through a pregnancy tighten and flatten their lower abdomen. This procedure is particularly beneficial if you have not managed to alleviate adverse abdominal changes via diet or exercise. A tummy tuck may be performed as a standalone procedure or as part of a mommy makeover depending on the preferences of the patient.
Reverse age-related adverse changes
Menopause and other age-related changes can cause weight gain in the midsection area. More so, aging leads to the natural decline of muscles and the body becomes more prone to weight loss. All these changes could lead to an accumulation of stubborn abdominal fat with age. A mini tummy tuck can help alleviate these imperfections to reveal a leaner and more youthful abdominal appearance.
Remove stubborn lower belly fat
Some men and women may be unable to address a ‘pooch’ of stubborn abdominal fat via diet and exercise. In this case, a mini tummy tuck can provide much-needed relief. Plastic surgeons may use liposuction to remove the excess fat then tighten the belly skin via surgery.
Correct a ventral hernia
A ventral hernia is a medical condition that occurs when intestinal or abdominal tissue breaks through the abdominal wall to create a sack or pooch. This type of hernia may be caused by abdominal weakness caused by massive weight loss, a cesarean section, or an appendectomy. A tummy tuck performed to address this condition has double benefits because it also helps to reshape and flatten the belly.
Reduce stress urinary incontinence
Stress urinary incontinence is a bladder condition that manifests when there is excessive pressure on the bladder and urethra. This condition is characterized by leakage of urine triggered by forceful and sudden actions such as coughing, sneezing, exercising, or laughing. While stress urinary incontinence can be treated without involving surgery, studies have demonstrated that a tummy tuck can also help.
One of the best things about a mini tummy tuck is that there is minimal scarring involved during this surgery. Since the surgery does not address the entire abdominal region, plastic surgeons only need to make a horizontal incision similar to a C-section. You do not have to worry about vertical incisions or scarring around the belly button. Experienced surgeons use advanced techniques to minimize the incision and conceal it under the bikini line (where it is completely concealed).
Quicker and easier recovery
Patients are usually eager to get back to their normal self after surgery. One of the best things about a mini tummy tuck is that it is a less invasive procedure that results in a faster recovery time. This means that you can expect healing to be smoother and more comfortable and that you’ll take less time off work. The scar heals much faster and there is minimal swelling.
Mini Tummy Tuck FAQs
Is a mini tummy tuck right for you?
A mini tummy tuck is designed to enhance the lower abdomen contour. To be a good candidate for this treatment, you need to be in good overall health with a weight that is within the healthy range. This procedure can help alleviate imperfections such as loose abdominal skin, excess flabs, or stretch marks that are confined to the lower belly. Plastic surgeons do not touch the belly button when performing this type of cosmetic surgery.
Can a mini tummy tuck help lose weight?
A mini tummy tuck should not be used as a weight-loss procedure since only a small amount of fat is safe to remove. More so, this treatment will not help lower your cholesterol level, improve blood pressure, and alleviate other adverse effects of being overweight or obese. Only consider a mini tummy tuck if you have excess skin and fat located in the lower abdomen area and haven’t gotten any relief from diet and exercising.
What are the risks and rewards?
A mini tummy is a fairly popular procedure especially with women who have been through pregnancy and childbearing. This is a major surgery, which means it may need to be performed under general anesthesia. There may be some risks associated with this type of anesthesia. More so, you need to spend a couple of hours in the operating room and at least a few weeks in recovery. However, once you are done with the surgery and fully recovered, you can expect to enjoy a firmer and flatter abdomen along with improved self-confidence. Many patients who undergo this cosmetic surgery also feel motivated to maintain the positive changes by adopting a healthier lifestyle (through diet and exercise).