A mini tummy tuck (mini abdominoplasty) is an excellent body contouring option for addressing excess skin and loose abdominal muscles below the belly button. This procedure is the least invasive form of tummy tuck surgery, and is a great option for people with a minimal amount of excess skin to be removed and minor muscle looseness in the lower abdominal region.
Loose skin cannot be removed with creams or ointments, or even exercise. This is a problem of skin laxity, and the only way it can be addressed is through surgery, which is why a tummy tuck is so beneficial to many patients who are self-conscious about their body contour. Stretch marks can also be targeted. By removing excess skin and pulling the remaining skin tighter, the appearance of stretch marks can be diminished a great deal.
During an initial consultation, plastic surgery Miami professional, Dr. Jeremy White at ARC Plastic Surgery, will help each individual to determine if a mini tummy tuck is the best option for achieving their aesthetic goals. If additional sculpting above the belly button is not needed, then mini abdominoplasty is generally the ideal option.
A mini tummy tuck procedure starts with an incision made along the bikini line that is typically shorter than that of a full abdominoplasty. The lower portion of the abdominal wall is tightened, excess skin is removed, and the remaining skin will be lifted and stretched to achieve a more sculpted appearance in the abdominal region. For enhanced results, patients can combine their tummy tuck procedure with liposuction. This is a particularly valuable option because liposuction can help to target the fat that is not affected by diet or with exercise.
Restore confidence and self-image by restoring a better proportioned frame. The results of a mini tummy tuck can be quite remarkable and can help contour and sculpt the body to the desired shape.
Because a mini tummy tuck is significantly less invasive than a full abdominoplasty, patients can enjoy a much shorter recovery period with very little discomfort. Patients are typically released from the facility within a few hours after surgery so that they can go home to rest and recover. Any post-operative discomfort in the days following surgery can easily be controlled with pain medication. Most patients should be able to return to work within about two weeks. Walking and light exercising should be resumed as soon as possible after surgery to help speed the recovery process and minimize complications.
Because this procedure is less invasive than a normal tummy tuck, this makes it an excellent option for patients who cannot take a lengthy break from work or other activities. There is less scarring also; none around the belly button and no drain scars. This procedure can be performed on a wider range of people and is also safe for patients who may not be candidates for full abdominoplasty due to pre-existing scarring from a previous procedure. Surgical scars from tummy tucks can be well-hidden by undergarments and bathing suits and will fade over time.
At ARC Plastic Surgery, all patients are treated with the utmost respect and compassion. The cosmetic surgery Miami professional Dr. Jeremy White will help patients choose the best options for patients that best meets their needs, and will help to find a way to make the procedure as affordable as possible.
If you’re considering plastic surgery, choosing the right plastic surgeon could not be more important. Dr. Jeremy White is the recipient of many honors and awards, including the 2021 Doctor’s Choice Award Miami, the 2016 RealSelf Top 500, and the prestigious Castle Connolly Top Doctors Award Winner in 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020. We invite you to have a consultation about the procedure you need. Schedule your consultation today.