The problem of a flabby belly is a common one. Many people today will try their hand at dieting and exercise to get rid of a flabby belly, but inevitably these efforts just do not produce the desired results. So it is not uncommon for men and women alike to consider the option to have plastic surgery. While some will opt for abdominoplasty, otherwise known as a full tummy tuck, others are exploring a mini tummy tuck as their preferred option.
Mini Tummy Tuck – What Is It?
A mini tummy tuck, like a full tummy tuck, will remove fat cells and extra skin from the belly region. It is designed to target the lower region of the belly, which is a problem area for many people. An incision is made just above the pelvic bone, and often liposuction to remove fat cells is conducted. Extra fat cells are removed, and extra skin is removed as well. This is a type of body contouring plastic surgery that often yields amazing results but with fewer risks than a full tummy tuck.
Mini Tummy Tuck – Difference From a Full Tummy Tuck
Many people who are considering getting a tummy tuck today often wonder what is the difference between a full and a mini tummy tuck. A mini tummy tuck is designed to target a flabby belly in the lower region of the abdomen, whereas a full tummy tuck targets the entire abdomen. This is an outpatient surgical procedure that generally takes just an hour or two to complete. In addition, the recovery time compared to a full tummy tuck is expedited. This procedure will allow most to return to work in about one to three weeks, and a patient may resume full activity level after about a month. The patient will need to wear a compression garment around the midsection for about two to three weeks.
Ideal Candidate for a Mini Tummy Tuck
A mini tummy tuck is a lesser version of a full tummy tuck. It is ideal for those who do not have the significant level of body fat in the midsection to warrant a full tummy tuck. In order to enjoy lasting results from the procedure, it is ideally performed on those who do not plan to become pregnant in the future and who can take efforts on their own to control body weight and prevent drastic fluctuations in weight. If pregnancy and weight fluctuations can be avoided, the results of a slimmer and more contoured abdomen can be long-lasting.
Benefits of a Mini Tummy Tuck
Many people are considering a mini tummy tuck today over a full tummy tuck because it does offer quite a few benefits. First, it does provide the same contouring effect as a full abdominoplasty surgery. It may include liposuction, and so a significant amount of body fat can be removed during the procedure. Belly body fat is known to increase health risks for the development of diabetes, cardiovascular issues, and more, and so removing this body fat can be a benefit to your health. Further, this procedure is available with a quicker recovery time than the full procedure. In some cases, it can be performed with only local anesthesia. Further, with a full tummy tuck, the belly button typically will need to be re-attached, but with a mini tummy tuck, the belly button is not touched.
An alternative with even less scarring and even shorter recovery time than for the mini tummy tuck is the laser tummy tuck. However, this is not a suitable option for every patient, read more about the laser tummy tuck here.
Risks with a Mini Tummy Tuck
As with any surgical procedure, there are some risks associated with a mini tummy tuck. This procedure may result in the development of blood clots or infection. These risks are, however, minimal. The risk of infection can be reduced by following proper cleaning instructions after the procedure.
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Mini Tummy Tuck Cost
The cost of a mini tummy tuck can vary significantly depending on various factors including your own location as well as what will be done during your procedure. It may cost as little as $1,800, but on average it may cost closer to $3,000-$4,000. In some cases, a procedure may cost $5,000 or more if liposuction or additional measures need to be taken during the surgery, if general anesthesia is required, and other factors are present at the surgery.
A mini tummy tuck is ideal for many people who are currently considering a full tummy tuck, as it does come with less risks and a faster recovery time. Consider talking to your plastic surgeon to see if you are a good candidate for this outpatient surgery.
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