Mini Tummy Tuck in Miami
Has your abdomen been stretched by weight gain and weight lossor pregnancy? You may have excess fatty deposits or loose,stretched skin below your navel that will not respond to dieting andexercise. If your lower abdomen appears disproportionate with therest of your body, a mini tummy tuck, or partial abdominoplasty,may be your best option for a firmer, flatter abdomen.
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A mini tummy tuck is less complex than a full tummy tuck becausethe position of your navel is unaffected and the incisions aretypically smaller. Tummy tuck procedures can be performed alone,but are often performed with liposuction to further improve bodycontours. Individuals considering a tummy tuck should be healthy,relatively fit, and not planning future pregnancies, as this may restretch tightened muscles.
Depending on your specific requirements and surgeon’spreference, a mini tummy tuck may be done under localanesthesia with sedation, where the abdominal area is numb, andyou are relaxed and comfortable. Alternatively, you may becompletely asleep, under general anesthesia. The length of timerequired for a mini tummy tuck procedure depends on the amountof tissue being removed and whether liposuction is also performed.
Your surgeon will make an incision just above the pubic area. Theincision is typically made where it is hidden by bathing suits orundergarments, but it is important to realize that you will have ascar. The skin and fat layers that lie above the abdominal wall areseparated from the wall using an instrument such as a cauterydevice. The tissue is then lifted upward toward the navel to exposethe abdominal muscles of the lower abdomen. Your surgeon willsuture these muscles, pulling them closer together, which createsa flatter, firmer abdominal wall and a slimmer waistline. Once themuscles are tightened, the layer of skin and fat will be stretchedback over the abdominal wall and excess skin and fat that hangbeyond the original incision are removed. Drainage tubes will likelybe placed in the abdomen through tiny holes below the incision,allowing fluids to escape as you heal. The incisions will be suturedand bandages will be applied.
Recovery and Results
You will likely need to wear a compression garment to minimizeswelling and provide comfort and support while you heal. Drainagetubes and sutures will typically be removed within a week or twoafter the surgery. As with any surgery, pain, bruising, and swellingafter the procedure are normal, and will typically subside withinseveral weeks. Pain can be controlled with medication, ifrecommended by your surgeon. Your scar will fade considerablyover time. You will notice an improvement in the appearance ofyour abdomen soon after your procedure, and your results willgradually continue to progress. With proper diet and exercise, youcan have a firmer, flatter abdomen and start enjoying the new you.