You may be one of the people who became health-conscious due to different reasons. You may be someone who recently lost a significant amount of weight that a makeover is appropriate. You may be someone who has been self-conscious about the flabby belly you are sporting for the longest time, and you want to finally get rid of it. No matter your situation, abdominoplasty may be the procedure that can answer your body issue. But have you heard of a mini tummy tuck? Find out if this procedure is the type of tummy tuck that you need.


Mini tummy tuck


This is the ‘smaller’ version of a full abdominoplasty or tummy tuck. It is a less invasive way of removing excess fat and skin around the lower abdomen. A person with significant excess skin and a small amount of fat around the belly would be suitable for this procedure.



Mini tummy tuck: The procedure

Like the traditional abdominoplasty, a mini tummy tuck requires a horizontal incision along your pelvic region that extends from hip to hip. Liposuction may be used to take out excess fat around the lower abdomen, and excess skin will also be removed. The procedure ends with sutures closing the horizontal abdominal incision. Unlike the full tummy tuck, no manipulation of the underlying abdominal muscles is done, and the position of the navel is untouched.



Mini tummy tuck: The expectations


Your surgery cost. In Australia, you can expect your mini tummy tuck to cost around $2500 to $10800, averaging at $6000. This price estimate may already include your surgeon’s fee, anaesthesiologist’s fee, and hospital fees.


Your surgery. You can expect the procedure to last between 1 to 3 hours, depending on the amount of fat and skin to be removed as well as the expertise of your surgeon. The surgery may be on an inpatient or outpatient basis, again, depending on the complexity of your condition.


Your postoperative condition. After the surgery, expect tenderness and discomfort around the belly. Elastic bandages are to be used for approximately a month to support the postsurgical site as well as prevent swelling around the area. Your plastic surgeon can also prescribe pain medications to address any discomfort of tenderness after the surgery.


Your return to work. You can return to work faster compared to patients who underwent the full or extended type of abdominoplasty. In two to three weeks’ time, your plastic surgeon may allow you to return to work but still with some activity limitations and work restrictions, depending on the nature of your work.


Your scar. Your mini tummy tuck scar is also shorter compared to other abdominoplasty procedures. A single horizontal streak along your bikini line is what you can expect your scar to look like.


The results. As soon as the swelling starts to subside, the results of your surgery can be seen and appreciated in 6 to 8 weeks. You can initially feel that your tummy may seem stretched or rigid, but through proper exercise and activity modification, your comfort will improve.


Undergoing cosmetic surgery to improve one’s physical appearance should be considered a life-changing decision. This major choice can affect your entire well-being, so understanding the whole procedure from start to finish should be kept in mind.

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