Tummy Tuck (Partial Abdominoplasty)
Candidates for a Mini Tummy Tuck
If you have lost some weight or if you don’t like the sagging skin over your caesarean section scar or if you can’t get rid of the excess skin over your abdomen and you are not planning to get pregnant again, you could be a candidate for mini tummy tuck. Mini tummy tuck, surgery is confined to the lower abdomen, below the navel (belly button). Candidates should therefore be aware that a mini tummy tuck cannot address areas above the navel. Tummy tuck is not meant to be weight loss surgery same as liposuction however when combined together patients can lose couple of kilos and also get better definition over their abdomen.
Before going ahead with this procedure, it is crucial to talk to your doctor in order to get a realistic expectation from this surgery.
Mini Tummy Tuck Surgery
Mini tummy tuck is relatively simple and easier surgery and recovery is also faster than full tummy tuck. As an outpatient procedure, patients will first receive local anaesthesia with possible sedation. Once ready, the following steps will ensue:
A small incision will be made usually near the pubic bone or bikini line. This incision and subsequent scarring can be concealed by underwear and swimwear.
Excess skin and fat will be removed from the area. If additional fat requires removal from the area, liposuction may be used as well.
Remaining skin will be pulled taut and sutured in place.
Unlike a full tummy tuck, the belly button does not require repositioning; as such, no incisions are needed around the navel. As the skin heals and adapts to its new contours, the belly button should also move subtly into proper placement.
Recovering from Surgery
Although a mini tummy tuck results in an easier overall recovery, patients still require time to heal. A week of rest is generally recommended, during which side effects of surgery can be expected. Bruising, swelling, and discomfort are among the most common side effects, beginning soon after surgery and resolving primarily over the first 10 to 14 days.
Your doctor may recommend that you wear an elastic compression garment around your abdomen for a week or more, following surgery. This will help diminish swelling and pain, while encouraging your body to heal properly. Most patients are able to return to work and light daily activities within a week, and can resume more physically strenuous activities by six weeks.
Patients rarely encounter complications from a mini tummy tuck, but no surgeries are risk-free. First and foremost, patients should keep an eye out for infection during recovery. Persistent or worsening side effects, especially when coupled with a fever, may be indicative of infection and should be reported to a doctor. Patients should also make sure to promote circulation during recovery, such as by getting up and walking around, so as not to develop blood clots.
With a skilled surgeon, potential complications can be avoided. Speak with your doctor prior to surgery to discuss any personal risk factors you may have.