A mini tummy tuck can significantly improve the appearance of lower abdominal areas that tend to store excessive fat and lipid deposits and create a loose and sagging skin in those areas.
Mini tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is the most effective way to tighten and sculpt the stomach area. With this surgery, the stretch marks between the belly button and private region are also eliminated. The fat tissue in the lower abdomen is removed and the abdominal wall muscles are tightened so that even when the patient sits down or bends over, the abdomen skin does not stick out. After a mini tummy tuck, you can bid goodbye to holding in your belly!
You should undergo the basic medical tests before opting for any of the plastic surgery procedures. These are necessary to check that you are physically fit for the surgery. If you smoke, this should be stopped at least 6 weeks before the mini tummy tuck surgery. The intake of blood thinning medicines such as asprin must also be stopped to avoid excessive bleeding during the surgery.
Typically, the mini tummy tuck is the cosmetic surgery for patients who have an otherwise slim figure, but just want to get rid of the sagging skin around the waist. The procedure takes about 2 hours. It is usually performed under general anesthesia.
A horizontal incision is made just above the pubic area. The length of this incision varies depending on the amount of skin surface that needs to be removed. For a mini tummy tuck, the incision is generally 5-6 inches long. The skin is detached from the tissues beneath to expose the muscles and fascia. Fat is then removed from this area either manually with surgical instruments or through liposuction. The plastic surgeon may extend the operatory area from where fat is removed by inserting the liposuction cannula between the raised skin and underlying muscles. After fat removal, the muscles are tightened with sutures.
To speed up the healing process, you may be required to use compression garments placed over the surgery dressings. A drain may also be used to remove any accumulation of fluids during the initial healing period. The recovery period is 1 to 4 weeks and the results reveal a tucked in, firm and well sculpted abdomen.
Voted the best plastic surgeon in Florida for 2 years, Dr. George Pope has over 20 years of experience in plastic surgery procedures and performs mini tummy tuck surgeries at Pope Plastic Surgery. He has provided the most satisfying cosmetic surgery results to all his patients at the practice’s beautiful, state-of-the-art, in-house OASIS Surgical Suite.