In recent years, the tummy tuck has been on the lips of many people. The procedure works to remove excess fat and skin from your abdomen, hence tightening the stomach muscles. Because of this, this impressive and result oriented procedure has gained massive popularity, becoming a wish item for most women, especially after childbirth, and huge weight loss.
However, since abdominoplasty is a minor surgery, most people might not be ready for it. Both cost-wise and psychologically. So, if this sounds like you, you might want to consider a mini tummy tuck. But what exactly is it? Below is everything you need to know about a mini tummy tuck to help you make a perfect choice.
What Does a Mini Tummy Tuck Mean?
Unlike the tummy tuck which is a major invasive surgery, a mini tummy tuck is so much less invasive and works to remove only a small amount of fat from your lower abdomen. Due to its nature, a mini tummy tuck can therefore not help you deal with other issues such as muscle separation. Also, only a small amount of skin is removed in this procedure, making it favorable to combine with liposuction to outline your entire abdomen.
Is a Mini Tummy Tuck Right for You?
Most patients are not suitable for a mini tummy tuck for one reason or the other. But if you have no muscle separation, and have been leading an active lifestyle, meaning you’re physically fit, then you’re a good candidate.
Also, it’s even better if you have tight upper abdomen abs. Because, the procedure will only help you lose a little amount of loose or excess skin, so you ought to have done the most part yourself through physical training and fitness.
That said, it’s always better to listen to your plastic surgeon’s advice because they know what’s best for you. Remember, they possess all the necessary skills and expertise, which you don’t, and this is the major reason why you consult them in the first place. For instance, if your doctor suggests that you get abdominoplasty, it might not be a good idea to insist on the mini tummy tuck. Yes, it is less invasive, but the results will also be less, and might not entirely solve your issue or meet your expectations.
What Should I Expect When Healing from the Mini Tummy Tuck?
Although the mini tummy tuck is less invasive compared to the full tummy tuck, the healing process is pretty the same. You will need compression garments and drains to speed recovery and help you heal well. Also, you will not be allowed to carry any heavy weights for around 6 weeks. Plus, you can get back to your other regular daily activities in 4-7 days.
The major difference in the recovery of the full and mini tummy tuck is that the former takes longer to resume their day-to-day schedule. For instance, someone who underwent a full tummy tuck can resume their daily activities in a week or two.
Note: Always let your doctor guide you as to when you can resume your workout sessions.
What will my Mini Tummy Tuck Scar Look Like?
You don’t have to worry about getting large scars when it comes to a mini tummy tuck. Since there is minimal invasion, the scar is also smaller than the standard full tummy tuck incision. You will only have to deal with a 10-12 centimeters scar in the mid-section of your lower abdomen and just above your bikini line.
How much will I Have to Pay for a Mini Tummy Tuck?
Although there is no standard price for this procedure since it depends on the type of facility you visit, and the doctor who attends to you, it costs less than the full tummy tuck. In fact, in most facilities such as Politis Plastic Surgery the price is almost half of what you would pay for the traditional procedure.
Reason? You will spend less time in the procedure room, which is usually around 90 minutes so it’s only fair if you pay less. So, if you’re physically fit, with less skin and fat to deal with, and are operating on a tight budget, you might want to go for it.
Although the mini tummy tuck is popular due to its less invasive nature, there are still other procedures that can give you a perfect abdomen. For example, there is an umbilical float. Let Dr Effie Politis take you through all the available options, and settle on that which meets your needs.