A traditional tummy tuck might be one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the world, but this surgery is not right for everyone. Many patients begin searching for a way to eradicate stubborn body fat without realizing just how complicated this process can be. In addition to the risk of scarring, many patients will need two or more weeks in order to fully recover. For those who want to avoid these issues, a mini tummy tuck could be the perfect alternative.
What Exactly is a Mini Tummy Tuck?
The goals of a traditional tummy tuck and a mini tummy tuck are nearly identical. Our surgeon will remove excess fat around the midsection, reposition the soft tissue underneath and pull the skin tight. What makes a mini tummy tuck different from a traditional tummy tuck is the where the stomach is altered. During a mini tuck, the surgeon will focus on the small “pouch” just below the patient’s belly button. They will be able to make shorter incisions, which often results in less scarring.
Full Tummy Tuck vs. Mini Tummy Tuck
All patients must speak with our surgeon and do some research before deciding which procedure will help them achieve their cosmetic goals. Mini tummy tucks are very effective at removing fat and extra soft tissue below the belly button.
The Perfect Mini Tummy Tuck Patient
Localized fat between the pubic area and the navel is incredibly difficult to get rid of. Many men and women will carry out rigorous exercise programs and strict diets for years at a time with almost no cosmetic changes to this area of the body. For these individuals, a mini tummy tuck might be the ideal option for finally slimming and toning the midsection.
Patients who undergo this procedure should be in relatively good health and close to their ideal weight. Those who have had extensive surgeries carried out on their stomach might need to consider different treatment options.
A Look at the Procedure and Results
While a mini tummy tuck can be performed under general anesthesia, most patients will only need a local anesthetic with medication. After the area is completely numb and the patient is relaxed, the surgeon can remove extra fat and alter the position of the abdominal muscle. In some instances, a small amount of skin will be removed in order to pull the remaining skin tight. As long as the patient does not gain weight around the midsection, they can expect their results to last a lifetime.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
To determine if you are a good candidate for a mini tummy tuck, come in for a consultation at Georgia Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. We have offices in Marietta and Atlanta. Let our skilled plastic surgeon be your guide as you decide if this procedure is right for you. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.