Mini Tummy Tuck
A mini tummy tuck is less invasive than a traditional full tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) and is often an excellent option for people who have a small amount of abdominal skin to be removed and do not have a significantly protruding abdominal muscle wall. At Refresh Cosmetic Surgery, we recommend a mini tummy tuck to individuals whose abdominal area is beginning to sag due to aging or who have a slim abdomen but which requires sculpting into a more desirable shape.
A mini tummy tuck may be performed under local or general anaesthesia,. The length of the incision involved in a mini tummy tuck will depend on the amount of skin to be removed, but will generally be smaller than the incision required by a traditional tummy tuck. This is why mini tummy tuck surgery is also sometimes known as a "scarless tummy tuck." Unlike a traditional tummy tuck, the surgeon usually does not have to reposition the navel during mini abdominoplasty. If necessary, liposuction may also be performed to help sculpt the tummy into the desired shape.
As mini tummy tuck surgery involves a smaller incision than a traditional full tummy tuck, it also requires that a smaller section of the abdominal wall to be exposed; usually, the treatment area extends from the point of incision to the navel. After excess fat has been removed and the abdominal muscles have been tightened, the surgeon will stretch the skin downward, cutting away any excess tissue and stitching the remaining skin into place.
The patient is usually released from the hospital within a few hours of mini tummy tuck surgery. The recovery time is about the same as that for liposuction. Most patients experience some postoperative pain, but this can be controlled with simple pain killers. Patients are usually able to return to work within a few days of getting a mini abdominoplasty but should refrain from strenuous activities for a few weeks. Normally, Mr Fazel at Refresh Cosmetic Surgery recommends a post surgical compression garment for a few weeks.