How do you know whether a mini tummy tuck is a better option for you than traditional abdominoplasty?

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You’ve spent months dieting and exercising but yet that excess fat around your stomach area just won’t budge. What’s worse, loose skin usually ends up making your stomach look wrinkly and unattractive.

If you are getting fed up with not seeing the results you’ve been hoping for, a mini tummy tuck may be the solution you need. But how do you know whether a mini tummy tuck is a better option for you than traditional abdominoplasty?

Mini Tummy Tuck 101

This mini abdominoplasty information will give you the details you need to make a more informed decision.

The Basics

Mini tummy tucks are basically simpler versions of traditional tummy tucks. During a mini tummy tuck, an incision will be made along the bikini line in order to get rid of excess fat and skin around the lower abdomen. 

Ideal Candidates

Ideal mini tummy tuck candidates generally already have flat stomachs but they struggle with stubborn fat below the belly button, which creates a muffin top effect. If you have a small amount of excess fat and skin around your lower abdomen, a mini tummy tuck is a better option for you. 

Patients who also have excess skin and fat affecting the upper part of their abdomens will require a traditional tummy tuck to achieve a more desirable silhouette. 

Many people make the mistake of thinking that a tummy tuck can be used as a weight loss procedure, but this is not the case. Tummy tucks are not designed to help you lose weight – it only affects your weight because excess skin and stubborn fat are being removed. Patients should actually have already achieved or be close to their ideal weight before considering this procedure. 

Finally, patients who are still planning to have children in the future should consider scheduling their mini tummy tuck at a later date. This is because pregnancy stretches the skin and affects the stomach muscles, which will completely reverse the effects of your surgery. 

The Procedure

A mini tummy tuck will need to be performed under general anaesthetic. Once a horizontal incision has been made along your bikini line, excess fat is removed using the usual liposuction procedure. Weak lower abdominal muscles will now be tightened before excess skin is removed. Once your surgeon is happy with the results, the incision will be stitched up and dressings will be applied to the area. 

The entire procedure won’t take longer than 2 hours to complete and unlike a traditional tummy tuck, your belly button will retain its position. 

A month after your procedure, you will be able to return to your regular activities, this time with a flatter, more toned stomach. If you feel that you would be a good candidate for a mini tummy tuck, you can begin your search for a board certified surgeon who specialises in this procedure. A surgeon will also be the best person to confirm whether you are, in fact, an ideal candidate for this surgery. 

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