Mini Tummy Tuck
A mini tummy tuck, also known as partial abdominoplasty surgery, is a form of plastic surgery used to sculpt the abdomen. During this procedure, excess skin and fat are trimmed away from the waistline area.
Is a mini tummy tuck right for me?
If you have excess skin or fat in the abdominal region, a mini tummy tuck may be right for you. This form of abdominoplasty surgery is popular on women who have given birth, as well as both men and women who have undergone significant weight loss, leaving them with excess skin in the abdominal area. In particular, this technique is well suited for patients whose excess tissue are located below rather than above the belly button. Ideal patients are in good overall health, at a stable weight, and not planning future weight loss or pregnancy.
How much does a mini tummy tuck cost?
Mini tummy tucks are considered to be a cost effective alternative to full abdominoplasty surgery. This shorter, less invasive procedure usually costs $4,000 to $5,000 for patients in the West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens area.
How involved is the mini tummy tuck procedure?
One of the benefits of the mini tummy tuck is that it is less invasive than the full abdominoplasty surgery, requiring shorter incision lines and a faster surgical process. However, it is still a fairly major form of abdominal surgery. The mini tummy tuck requires general anesthesia, and takes two to three hours.
First, the surgeon creates incisions in the lower abdomen, usually two to three inches long. The mini tummy tuck technique focuses on tissue located below the belly button; because of the shorter incisions used, the ability to access tissues located higher than the belly button is limited. Excess skin and fat are trimmed away, and the remaining tissues sculpted to provide a more toned-looking appearance. The surgical work may also focus on tightening the muscles or repositioning the belly button. Finally, the incisions are closed with sutures.
How long is the recovery after a mini tummy tuck?
The recovery process is shorter than that of full abdominoplasty surgery. After surgery, West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens area patients should expect to experience restricted mobility and some tenderness or discomfort. Common side effects include bruising, redness, and swelling. Gauze and a compression garment will support the abdominal tissues for the first week. Most patients are back to work in about two weeks, although strenuous exercise and heavy lifting should be avoided for at least a month.
What should I do next?
West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens area patients looking to improve the appearance of their lower abdominal area should consider a mini tummy tuck. Call Dr. Kapp today at (561) 833-4022 or fill out our online form for your complimentary consultation.