Many people, despite their best efforts of dieting and exercise, are unable to achieve the flat stomach that they desire. Perhaps that’s why one of the most popular treatments we offer at Advanced Liposuction Center is the mini tummy tuck.
Below is some helpful information about this procedure:
Who is a good candidate for a mini tummy tuck?
Any healthy man or woman who does not smoke and has excess abdominal fat is a good candidate. This includes:
- Women who have previously given birth and have stretch marks, loose skin and muscles
- People with excess skin after weight loss
- Patients with stubborn waistline fat
- Genetic predisposition toward a certain body type
What is the difference between a mini tummy tuck and a traditional tummy tuck?
The mini tummy tuck is well suited to patients who have a moderate amount of excess fat and little muscle weakness. Those with larger amounts of fat and skin they wish to remove will better benefit from a traditional tummy tuck. We offer a free consultation during which we can help you choose the correct option.
What are the benefits of the mini tummy tuck?
The mini tummy tuck is a less invasive surgery that the traditional tummy tuck and so the recovery time is shorter. Other benefits of the mini over the traditional include:
- Less painful
- No belly button repositioning
- Less scarring
- More affordable
What is the recovery from a mini tummy tuck like?
Our board certified cosmetic surgeons will go over all the details of your surgery ahead of time so that you will be fully prepared. Post surgery you may experience moderate bruising, pain and swelling. The pain can be controlled with medication. You will begin to notice results after the first week. Most patients are able to return to work 5-7 days after the surgery. Patients need to refrain from all exercising for 5-6 weeks.
After the procedure, how painful will it be?
In the days after an abdominoplasty, mild to severe discomfort is likely, although any pain may frequently be controlled and even relieved with medicine.
Will I be able to see my scars?
The majority of clothing, including bathing suits and most types of underwear, can generally cover any potential scarring from stomach tuck surgery because incisions are done low on the belly, frequently close to the pubic area.
Are the results permanent?
As long as the patient continues with a healthy lifestyle and diets and exercises appropriately, the results of the mini tummy tuck will last. No cosmetic surgery is permanent because our bodies will continue to change as we age.
What should you anticipate following a belly tuck?
You will be given a compression garment to wear following surgery for 4-6 weeks in order to help with edema reduction. You might experience some pain or discomfort, but most people can control it with only a few days’ worth of painkillers after a treatment.
For seven to ten days following surgery, you will be on your side while standing or lying down to preserve the incision and give your skin time to heal. You’ll be able to stand up straight after this. If a drain is installed, it will be taken out once the output is sufficiently low (usually in 1-2 weeks).
What are the dangers of having a tummy tuck?
There is a slight chance of bleeding and infection, as with any surgery. With expert surgical technique, great care is taken to ensure that these dangers are maintained to a bare minimum. Additionally, there is a slight chance of developing lung or leg blood clots.
Compression boots are put on your calves during surgery to aid circulation and reduce this risk, and a tiny dosage of blood thinner may also be utilized. To reduce the danger of blood clots following surgery, adequate hydration and ambulation are also crucial.
After a minor belly tuck, are I still able to become pregnant?
There is no need to worry. Many mothers wonder if they can still safely give birth after a mini tummy tuck. Your fertility won’t be affected by getting a small or complete stomach tuck. It’s completely safe to get pregnant following surgery. Of course, you might want to put off getting cosmetic surgery until after you’ve finished having kids. If not, the skin can extend once more, putting you back where you started. However, there is no reason why you couldn’t have the treatment and then opt to have more kids later on in terms of safety.
To learn more, contact one of our Pittsburgh area offices by calling 724-683-7581 and find out if the mini tummy tuck is right for you.