It’s a common problem. The lower belly bulge (or post-pregnancy “pooch”) can sometimes detract from an otherwise toned and healthy physique. A mini tummy tuck is an effective, long-lasting solution to excess fat and loose skin in the lower abdomen. With a substantially smaller incision than a full tummy tuck, it is an ideal option for patients whose concerns are confined to the area between their belly button and pubic region. If this concern affects you, Austin mini tummy tuck provider Westlake Plastic Surgery is here to help you achieve a bulge-free belly.
A mini tummy tuck is a limited skin tuck on the lower abdomen only. It “tightens” excess skin in the area between the belly button and the pubic area. Usually, the fascia on the abdomen is NOT tightened with this procedure. It does nothing for the skin above the belly button, nor does it necessarily flatten the abdomen as the fascia is not manipulated to make the abdomen flatter.
This procedure is not a full tuck. It is best for patients with a relatively flat abdomen but some skin excess on the lower abdomen. Patients “hope” that they only need a mini rather than the larger full tuck, but this is often not the case. A full tuck is needed if your abdomen has a significant bulge and lots of loose or hanging skin, as a mini will offer nothing. These tucks are often combined with liposuction simultaneously for the best result. This procedure is best suited for trim, fit patients who complain of loose skin on the lower abdomen when they bend over.
When excess fat and skin in the lower abdomen don’t respond to diet and exercise, a mini tummy tuck can help you refine and enhance your athletic appearance. Don’t let your lower belly bulge keep you from realizing the youthful look you want. Contact us to book your private consultation and take the first step toward results you’ll love.
While the scar resulting from a mini tummy tuck is significantly smaller than that of a full tummy tuck, it will be several inches long. However, it will be low on your abdomen and easily covered by most clothing, swimsuits, or lingerie.
While a mini tummy tuck does involve fat removal, it is not a weight loss treatment. Rather, it is intended for patients who are in generally good health with isolated fat accumulation in their lower abdomen.
Patients with certain health conditions (including blood-related conditions and those that affect the ability to heal) may not be candidates for surgery. Mini tummy tuck patients should be at or near their ideal weight, as significant weight change after the procedure can impact results. Patients who are better candidates for a full tuck should not consider a mini tuck.
Absolutely. A mini tummy tuck may be combined with almost any other procedure at Westlake Plastic Surgery. Many Mommy Makeover patients choose to include a mini tummy tuck in their procedure, frequently combined with breast treatments such as a lift or augmentation.
While the procedure does not stop future aging or weight change, mini tummy tuck results are considered permanent. The fat removed with liposuction cannot return. However, the remaining fat cells will continue to swell or shrink with the overall weight change, so it is important to maintain a stable, healthy weight after any tummy tuck procedure.
When combined with liposuction, general anesthesia is preferred.
Swelling and moderate discomfort are associated with the mini tummy tuck. You need to take it easy for about three days afterward and then gradually increase your activity. A drain is usually needed and is removed after 3-5 days. The typical issues with any surgery can arise from this procedure—bleeding, infection, hematoma, and seroma. Scarring is across the lower part of the abdomen and is not small. Small dog ears at the ends of the incisions are not uncommon. Overall, though, this is a simpler procedure than a full tummy tuck/abdominoplasty.
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