Mini Tummy Tuck

Mini tummy-tuck (Mini Abdominoplasty)

In patients with mild excess skin in the abdominal region following a significant weight loss or following pregnancy, liposuction will not be the entire solution. This procedure, while designed to remove fat from beneath the skin, does not tighten it. Aproning of excess skin over a hysterectomy scar or a cesarean section scar is very common; therefore, patients with this problem benefit from a procedure that involves the excision of skin. A mini tummy tuck can be used to tighten the skin and improve abdominal contour. During this procedure, plication sutures can be placed to improve laxity of the abdominal wall. This procedure is often performed in conjunction with liposuction surgery to offer the best results.

Mini tummy tuck surgery is performed under general anesthesia in an accredited outpatient SurgiCenter. During a mini tummy tuck, the redundant skin is removed using a transverse incision that is made low enough to hide within the underwear or a bikini. In patients with a cesarean section scar, this incision can be used to improve the appearance of the scar. Typically, lower abdominal stretch marks may be improved and skin laxity is corrected. In patients with extra skin only, a mini abdominoplasty may be all that is needed. In those with fatty deposits, the surgery is combined with liposuction.

Recovery following a mini abdominoplasty varies with each patient. However, most patients are able to resume most normal activities within one to two weeks after surgery. Elastic garments and massage are used to help control swelling after the surgery. The mini tummy tuck scar will undergo a period of maturation that typically lasts a year or more.

Regardless of the success and popularity of a mini tummy tuck, you should be aware of the potential risks and side effects of this cosmetic surgery procedure. Some of the complications that are associated with mini tummy tuck surgery include swelling, bleeding, infection, wound healing problems, and numbness at the surgery site. Uncommon postoperative complications include blistering or ulceration of the skin and necrosis. Please note that smoking is not allowed for four weeks prior to and four weeks after surgery. You can lower your risk of complications by closely following Dr. McKane's advice during the healing process.

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Texas Plastic Surgery Associates

7777 Forest Lane, Suite C-504
Dallas, TX 75230

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