The desire to have a more toned and tightened midsection is a common aesthetic goal for many people. While exercise and a healthy diet can help to improve muscle tone and reduce excess fat, they may not be enough to get the look you want. This is where a tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, can help. However, not everyone may require or be a good candidate for a full tummy tuck, which is why a mini tummy tuck is becoming an increasingly popular option.
What is a Mini-Abdominoplasty?
A mini tummy tuck, also known as a mini abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic surgical procedure that targets the lower abdomen area. It’s a less invasive alternative to the traditional tummy tuck and is often preferred by people with mild to moderate skin and fat laxity in the lower abdominal area.
Who Is A Good Candidate for a Mini-Abdominoplasty?
You would be a good candidate for a mini tummy tuck if you have a small amount of excess skin and fat below your belly button. You should also have good skin elasticity, be in good health, and not smoke. If you’ve had one or two pregnancies and have mild to moderate skin laxity in the lower abdomen area, you would also be a good candidate for a mini abdominoplasty.
When is a Traditional Tummy Tuck More Appropriate?
A traditional tummy tuck is a more invasive procedure that would involve Dr. Chang removing excess skin and fat from the entire abdominal area. This procedure is recommended if you have a significant amount of skin and fat laxity in the abdomen, usually if you have had massive weight loss.
Recovery & Results of a Mini Tummy Tuck
The recovery period for a mini tummy tuck is usually shorter than a traditional tummy tuck. You can return to light activities within two weeks and resume normal activities within four to six weeks. You may be swollen for the first few months of your recovery.
After the swelling subsides, you should notice a more toned and reshaped appearance of your abdomen. This can greatly enhance the fit of your clothing, as well as boost your self-confidence and comfort in your body. The results of a mini tummy tuck are long-lasting, as long as you keep up a healthy diet and exercise routine.