Modified or Mini-Tummy Tuck

For many people, getting a flat, toned stomach can feel like a distant fantasy. Stubborn fat is often stored in this area, and women who have had one or more children or people who have achieved significant weight loss often have loose skin hanging from the abdomen. The expert plastic surgeons at Waldman Schantz Turner Plastic Surgery Center and Skincare in Lexington, KY, are pleased to offer mini tummy tuck surgery to patients who can achieve a beautiful abdominal region with a slightly less invasive procedure than a full abdominoplasty.

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What is a Tummy Tuck?

An abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, is a cosmetic surgical procedure to resolve sagging skin, stretched out muscles, and excess fat in the abdomen. The traditional tummy tuck targets the entire abdominal area, and typically involves repositioning the belly button and tightening the abdominal muscles if they have separated. Unwanted fat is removed, and excess skin is trimmed. It is an extremely effective procedure that can smooth and flatten the entire abdominal area. A mini tummy tuck is a slightly less intensive version of this procedure.

Traditional Full Tummy Tuck vs. Mini Tummy Tuck

The tummy tuck is a very popular procedure for restoring the aesthetics of the stomach area, but there are some drawbacks to the procedure. A large incision must be made from hip to hip, and while this does not show under clothing or most bikini bottoms, it does give some patients pause for moving forward with surgery. For some people, the full tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty is still the right choice. For others with less sagging skin and little to no abdominal muscle separation, however, a mini tummy tuck can provide many of the same benefits with a slightly less invasive procedure and a smaller scar.

A mini tummy tuck focuses only on the lower abdominal region—the area below the belly button. The procedure can still accomplish many of the same goals of a full tummy tuck. Excess stubborn fat can be sucked away via liposuction, minor to moderate loose skin resolved, and the lower abdominal muscles can be tightened. The navel is not repositioned during this procedure. This procedure is appropriate for patients who are happy with their upper abdominal area, and do not have severe skin sagging.

Benefits of a Mini Tummy Tuck

Although the mini tummy tuck still results in a fairly significant scar, the incision will be shorter, and there will be no incision near the belly button. Patients will still need to plan for some recovery time, but only the tissues below the navel will be altered. For this reason, the recovery is a bit easier than that of a traditional full abdominoplasty.

Aside from the physical benefits of a flatter lower abdomen, many patients also experience emotional benefits. Most patients who choose a mini tummy tuck find that their self-esteem is boosted and they feel more confident after they have recovered. They may feel more confident in swimwear or form-fitting clothing and during intimacy.

Patient Results

Good Candidates for a Mini Tummy Tuck

Men and women who are frustrated with loose skin and excess fat in the lower abdominal area can be good candidates for the procedure. Patients should be adults in good health who do not have any medical conditions that could pose a safety issue or compromise the results of the mini tummy tuck surgery. Good candidates are people who are at or near their goal weight. Women seeking mini tummy tuck surgery should be done having children, since future pregnancies could distort the results.

It is important that patients choose a mini tummy tuck because it is truly the right procedure for them, and not because it is slightly less invasive than a full tummy tuck. People who are concerned about the appearance of their upper abdominal area, have significant sagging skin, or have very loose abdominal muscles may be better served with a traditional tummy tuck.

Patients should have realistic expectations for the results of the procedure. Before-and-after photos can help prospective patients establish what can and cannot be achieved with a mini tummy tuck and a full tummy tuck. Our expert surgeons at Waldman Schantz Turner Plastic Surgery Center and Skincare work with each patient in a private consultation to determine the appropriate procedure for their needs.

A Mini Tummy Tuck Consultation in Lexington

Before the surgery can be scheduled, patients will need to discuss their goals and medical history with one of our plastic surgeons in Lexington, KY. This will not only allow our surgeons to ensure the patient is healthy enough for surgery, but help determine which type of abdominoplasty is most appropriate.

During the consultation, the surgeon will ask questions about the patient’s goals, expectations, and health history. They will make a recommendation as to the best treatment plan for the patient’s individual needs and expectations. This is a great opportunity for patients to get to know our surgeons, to learn more about the procedure, and to address any questions or concerns.

The Mini Tummy Tuck Procedure

Patients who decide a mini tummy tuck procedure is the right option for them can expect an outpatient procedure. Someone should be available to drive the patient home and help out for the first few days.

Before the procedure, patients will be given anesthesia. This may be either general anesthesia or local anesthesia with IV sedation. Once the patient is anesthetized, the surgeon will make the incision. This is typically made just above the pubic area. Some of the skin above the incision line will be trimmed to tighten loose skin at the end of the procedure.

Once the incision has been made, fat may or may not be removed, depending on the patient’s goals and the amount of fat in the area. Muscles underneath will then be tightened for a smooth, taut appearance. Once these changes have been made, the skin will be re-draped over the muscles and trimmed for a smooth and natural contour. The incision will be sutured and dressed, and patients will enter recovery.

Recovering from a Mini Tummy Tuck

During the procedure, the surgeon may place drains to remove excess fluid. These will be removed within a couple of days, typically. Patients should expect swelling, bruising, and changes in sensation. These side effects will fade gradually in the coming weeks. Prescribed pain medication will help patients stay comfortable during initial healing. Light activity is recommended after the first day, to help promote circulation.

After the first 1-2 weeks, patients can return to non-strenuous normal activities, such as desk jobs. Vigorous exercise and more strenuous activities like picking up children must be postponed for several more weeks. Postoperative instructions will be provided, and should be followed closely to prevent complications and promote proper healing. This will help to optimize results.

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Expert Abdominal Sculpting in Lexington, KY

At Waldman Schantz Turner Plastic Surgery Center and Skincare, our plastic surgeons are renowned for their skill in body and facial surgery. Because they offer facial, body, and non-surgical treatments, patients can have all of their aesthetic needs met under one roof.

Patients who are interested in learning more about the mini tummy tuck can schedule a consultation at our Lexington, KY offices at 1-859-254-5665.