What is a Mini Abdominoplasty
: Mini Abdominoplasty or mini tummy tuck differs from a full abdominoplasty in at least one respect. Only the skin below the belly-button is elevated and “redraped”. The umbilicus is left alone and the skin may be temporarily cut around it to allow access to the upper abdomen and tightening of the muscle. This surgery is for women with a limited amount of extra skin usually confined to the lower abdomen and a limited or minimal stretching of the abdominal muscles. It is also an alternative for women who do not want the more extensive full abdominoplasty and the longer recovery. It is particularly good for older women with a fatty “pannus” or fold of skin and fat that hangs down.
The abdominal muscles can be tightened, just as in a full abdominoplasty by repairing the gap between the rectus muscles form the pubic bone to uppermost part of the abdomen (Xiphoid). Once again the benefits may also extend to the pubic area which is lifted and tightened but not usually the upper thighs. Mini- abdominoplasty is usually combined with liposuction of the upper abdomen. Full abdominoplasty and liposuction are usually not recommended for men and women who are morbidly obese. Weight loss to their ideal weight is recommended prior to any surgery.
Age: 20 and beyond, for women who have had children and for men and women after significant weight loss.
Surgical technique: The excess skin below the belly button, is removed. The muscle may be tightened if it has been stretched.
Philosophy: An incision that is hidden in a high cut bikini bottom. A flat tummy. A sexy looking belly button and tummy.
Surgical time and recovery: Surgery takes three to four hours and requires an overnight stay. All skin stitches are absorbable. Drains to remove fluid from under the skin are removed at 3 and 7 days. The wounds are all healed at 2 weeks but strenuous sports are limited for 4 – 5 months until the muscles repair is strong (usually does not apply if muscles have not been repaired). Back to work in 10 to 14 days.
Related procedures: Three Dimensional Superficial Liposculpture of the upper abdomen. Also of the hips and thighs, inner thighs and knees and anywhere else to match the new tummy.
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