Has your abdomen been stretched by weight gain and weight loss or pregnancy? You may have excess fatty deposits or loose, stretched skin below your navel that will not respond to dieting and exercise. If your lower abdomen appears disproportionate with the rest of your body, a mini tummy tuck, or partial abdominoplasty, maybe your best option for a firmer, flatter abdomen.
Considerations you may have in a tummy tuck
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.
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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.
Tummy tuck Procedure
Your surgeon will make an incision just above the pubic area. The incision is typically made where it is hidden by bathing suits undergarments, but it is important to realize that you will have ascar. The skin and fat layers that lie above the abdominal wall are separated from the wall using an instrument such as a cautery device. The tissue is then lifted upward toward the navel to expose the abdominal muscles of the lower abdomen. Your surgeon will suture these muscles, pulling them closer together, which creates a flatter, firmer abdominal wall, and a slimmer waistline. Once the muscles are tightened, the layer of skin and fat will be stretched back over the abdominal wall and excess skin and fat that hang beyond the original incision are removed. Drainage tubes will likely be placed in the abdomen through tiny holes below the incision, allowing fluids to escape as you heal. The incisions will be sutured and bandages will be applied.
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Recovery and results
You will likely need to wear a compression garment to minimize swelling and provide comfort and support while you heal. Drain tubes and sutures will typically be removed within a week or two after the surgery. As with any surgery, pain, bruising, and swelling after the procedure is normal, and will typically subside within several weeks. Pain can be controlled with medication if recommended by your surgeon. Your scar will fade considerably over time. You will notice an improvement in the appearance of your abdomen soon after your procedure, and your results will gradually continue to progress. With proper diet and exercise, you can have a firmer, flatter abdomen and start enjoying the new you.