A mini tummy tuck is a variation of the abdominoplasty that uses a shorter cut similar to a C-section incision to tighten the lower abdominal region. This can be a great option for patients who are already in good shape, but who have excess skin and fat or loose muscles below their belly buttons. The incisions are less visible than the full abdominoplasty incisions, but allow for maximum contouring of this common trouble spot. Los Angeles surgeon Dr. Kerendian can help patients determine if the procedure is right for them.
Dr. Kerendian might recommend a mini tummy tuck for those who have:
• Fat that is localized below the belly button
• Less excess skin in the stomach area
• A want to tighten their lower abdomens
• Minimal excess skin or fat above the belly button
• Minimal laxity in the muscle of the abdomen below the belly button
• Realistic expectations and a positive attitude
Although the procedure is more limited and addresses a smaller area than the full abdominoplasty, it still offers significant results. Your loose skin and bulging belly can be made completely flat and smooth with one simple procedure.
Because a mini tummy tuck only addresses the lower stomach and does not affect the belly button or upper abdomen, recovery time is often shorter and post-treatment care simpler. However, it is still a major surgery. It can be performed on its own or combined with liposuction, breast augmentation, or a breast lift to create your desired look. It is usually performed with a local anesthetic and sedation but can also be performed using general anesthesia depending on your needs. Drainage tubes can be placed in the incision site if necessary. After the procedure, Dr. Kerendian will provide you with detailed aftercare instructions to promote recovery.
Most people are released after the surgery and are able to go home. Recovery is comparable to that of liposuction, but can be longer if the procedure is combined with others. Contact the Los Angeles offices of Dr. Kerendian today to learn more about the mini tummy tuck procedure or to schedule your cosmetic surgery consultation.