Tummy tuck surgery is popular cosmetic surgical procedure for the correction of a sagging and loose abdomen. There are two types – full tummy tuck or abdominoplasty and mini tummy tuck and both involve removal of excess fat and skin from the stomach. So what’s the difference?
In the complete tummy tuck, the muscles of the abdomen are usually tightened and the belly button is repositioned. The mini tummy tuck, on the other hand, combines liposuction of the stomach with removal of skin from the lower abdomen. It is suitable for individuals with excess skin and fat below the belly button, which causes the lower abdomen to protrude. Ideal candidates would also have relatively firm skin with or without some excess fat above the belly button.
With only a smaller incision than that required for full abdominoplasty, the minimally-invasive mini tummy tuck results in a well-shaped midsection.
What the Procedure Involves
- An anesthetic is administered and a small incision is made between the belly button and the top of the pubic region. The navel is maintained.
- Excess fat if any is removed via liposuction.
- The abdominal muscles are tightened and excess skin is removed.
- The abdominal skin is secured firmly in place with sutures.
- The surgeon may insert small drains to avoid fluid accumulation in the incision area.
Leading plastic surgeons use advanced liposuction techniques such as Smartlipo Triplex, BodyTite, and VASERlipo to perform the procedure. They also use pain relief systems to help ease pain so that patients recover faster. Even though it is less invasive than a complete abdominoplasty, a mini tummy tuck is still considered major surgery and proper post-surgical care is necessary.
Ideal Candidates for Mini Abdominoplasty
This procedure is ideal for those with fat deposits located below the navel. Those with a small amount of abdominal skin and do not have significantly protruding abdominal muscle wall can consider the procedure. Individuals whose abdominal area is starting to sag due to aging are also good candidates for the treatment. If you are worried about the localized excess skin or fat between the belly button and pubic bone, a mini tummy tuck can help. If there is considerable muscle or abdominal wall weakness, a complete tummy tuck would be called for.
Choosing the Right Plastic Surgeon
Finding the right surgeon is crucial. In Manhattan, there are established AAAASF-accredited practices where you can benefit from personalized solutions. After an evaluation of your body type, actual enhancement required and you preferences, the surgeon will recommend the option that can best achieve your goals. Established practices use only advanced resources and would be dedicated to your care and comfort. Certain practices even offer a virtual consultation facility for prospective patients staying outside the city.