Mini Tummy Tuck – Reduce Lower Abdominal Fat
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Mini Tummy Tuck
Although a full abdominoplasty, commonly known as a full tummy tuck, is a transformational procedure designed to dramatically reduce excess fat, skin and tighten muscles, it is also an invasive surgery which often requires two to three weeks of recovery time and necessitates a long scar, low on the belly. Conversely, a partial abdominoplasty, or mini tummy tuck, is a less extensive surgical procedure with a reduced scar length and a significantly shorter recovery time. It is not the best option for everyone, but understanding more about its advantages could help you determine if it is right for you.
Both a full and mini tummy tuck are designed to eradicate excess abdominal tissue and stubborn, sagging skin, which is often present following childbirth or significant weight loss. While the overall goals of both abdominoplasty procedures are similar, a mini tummy tuck focuses on the lower abdomen, targeting the tissue below the navel.
In addition, unlike a full tummy tuck which detaches and repositions skin around the navel, a mini tummy tuck does not reconstruct the navel, which means there is no risk of scarring surrounding the belly button. If you only have a small amount of skin laxity in the lower belly and no concern with the appearance of your upper abdomen, this may be the optimal choice.
Due to the complex nature of a traditional tummy tuck, this procedure is performed under a general anesthetic and the surgery typically takes between two to four hours. While in some cases a mini tummy tuck will also be performed under a general anesthetic, in many instances, only a local anesthetic with IV sedation is required and the surgery can be completed in as little as one to two hours.
Reduced Recovery Time
Because a mini tummy tuck requires less correction than a full tummy tuck, the downtime required is greatly reduced. While patients often take two to three weeks to recover from a full abdominoplasty, a partial abdominoplasty enables patients to return to work a week after the procedure. Muscle separation which is common post-pregnancy and known as a diastasis rectus, can be completely corrected during a full tummy tuck which also causes a temporary sensation of tightness afterward.
The mini tummy tuck will involve only lower muscle repair-if any- so the tight feeling is less significant during recovery. In addition, many patients have the energy and mobility required to resume moderate activities much sooner after a mini tummy tuck than those who undergo a full Abdominoplasty.
In order to determine which option will help you to reach your goals, it is important to consider your individual needs and expectations. While a mini tummy tuck is less invasive, reducing the required recovery time and scarring, only a full tummy tuck can adequately address lax tissue above the naval. During your initial consultation, Dr. Craft will listen to your aesthetic goals and examine your area of concern in order to help you decide on a personalized treatment plan.
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