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Best Candidates for the Mini Tummy Tuck
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Best Candidates for the Mini Tummy Tuck

22nd Sep 2017

The partial abdominoplasty or the mini tummy tuck surgery is recommended for people with lax skin and a projection towards the exterior at the area below the navel. For this procedure, a single incision will be performed by the plastic surgeon. The size of the incision will vary depending on the need. It can be a few centimeters long or as long as the length of the abdomen above the pubic area. Through this procedure, the excess skin will be removed,, the abdominal muscles will be tightened, resulting to a flatter stomach.

Many patients wonder if they are suitable candidates for the mini tummy tuck or whether other plastic surgery procedure would best suit their purposes.

You are a good candidate for the mini tummy tuck if:

  • You have good health and stable emotional condition
  • After a pregnancy or multiple pregnancies, your skin and abdominal muscles have become lax and have an unappealing contour.
  • You don’t have skin sagging or excess fat tissue around the superior abdomen.
  • You have decided not to have another pregnancy in the future. During the mini tummy tuck surgery, the abdominal muscles will be tightened, and a future pregnancy can cause diastasis recti to occur again.
  • You have been through a weight loss process, and the skin has not retracted enough even after trying exercises and diets.
  • You are not planning a more drastic weight loss: the mini tummy tuck is the last step in a weight loss process, not an alternative to losing weight.
  • You are fine with the idea that a scar will be left on your abdomen, on the inferior side, under the bikini line.
  • You don’t smoke or are willing to quit smoking before and after the procedure for a while. Smoking slows down the healing process and increases the risk of severe complications during and after the intervention.

After the mini tummy tuck you may be released from the medical facility within a few hours after the procedure, so make sure you have someone to drive you home from the hospital. After the anesthesia wears off, you might experience nausea, sickness and disorientation. Also be prepared to leave the kids and daily chores in someone else’s responsibility for a few days after the surgery, until you have recovered and feel you are able to resume your regular activities.

Drain tubes will be attached to each side of your abdomen to prevent the formation of a seroma. At home, you have to monitor the quantity of fluid that is removed through the drain tubes. When significant amount of liquid has been removed, the tubes can already be taken out.

Although the mini tummy tuck procedure is not as invasive as the full tummy tuck, it is still a complex plastic surgery. Patients are therefore required to wear a compression corset for at least a few weeks after the procedure to reduce the swelling and to offer support for the skin during the adjusting process.

Also keep in mind that to be able to undergo the mini tummy tuck intervention, you will need to take a few weeks off from your work to allow your body to recover and heal.


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