Mini Tummy Tuck – A Quick Review

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Of all tummy tuck surgeries, the mini tummy tuck is one of the most sought-after among patients. After all, it is the least invasive of all abdominoplasty procedures, yet it can already help you flatten your midsection and achieve an enviable figure.

However, not everyone qualifies for a mini tummy tuck. Read on to find out what a mini tummy tuck is, and whether or not you are a good candidate for the procedure.

What is a Mini Tummy Tuck?

Also known as a partial or mini abdominoplasty, a mini tummy tuck is a great option for people who want to get a small amount of abdominal skin removed.

It’s perfect for women who already have slim abdomens, but still want to further sculpt and tone their bodies by removing excess abdominal skin. Take note that it only addresses your lower abdomen.

Since it is not as invasive as other tummy tuck surgeries, it can be done under local anesthesia and mild sedation. The incision is also not as extensive, as there’s no navel repositioning involved.

In a mini tummy tuck, your plastic surgeon removes excess fat, tightens abdominal muscles, and stretches the skin downward to cut away excess tissue. He will finally stitch the remaining skin into place. At times, he may need to place a drainage tube to avoid fluid buildup in the operative site.

The procedure usually lasts for 1-2 hours.


Mini Tummy Tuck Recovery

Even though the partial abdominoplasty is not as extensive as a full abdominoplasty, you still have to allot at least two weeks of downtime for your mini tummy tuck recovery. However, you can start walking immediately after your surgery to enhance blood circulation and prevent blood clots from forming.

If everything goes according to plan and you don’t develop any complications, you can usually go back to work after two weeks. This is also the time when your drains will be removed.

Still, you have to wait until four weeks before you can start doing light exercises, such as jogging and light crunches. Strenuous exercises and heavy lifting should only be done after six weeks and with the permission of your reputable plastic surgeon.

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