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Mini Tummy Tucks Correct Mini Bellies

Nov 7, 2007
One of the most difficult parts of the body to slim down is the belly. Some do manage to lose that fat, but after, they are left with a sagging ring of skin across the lower abdomen. In cases like these, a full tuck is not necessary.

If this is your situation, a mini tummy tuck may be right for you. Nothing ruins a fit profile like that persistent flabby fold that hangs over your waistband or makes you look a little puffy in your clothes.

As can sometimes happen with rapid weight loss or a reduction in the skin's elasticity, that extra skin is not able to keep up with the changes in your figure. It could be that the skin is too stretched out and no longer lies flat and tight against your body. A mini tummy tuck would serve your purpose nicely.

Fundamentally, a mini tummy tuck is not very much different from a full abdominoplasty. In both, the surgeon makes an incision below the navel. Unlike in the full procedure, however, the surgeon does not separate your skin and abdominal wall beyond the navel. Neither is there a navel incision.

You are still given a general anesthetic but the procedure is not as extensive. Likewise, because of the decreased area being repaired, the horizontal incision is shorter. The scar, also, is smaller than in a full abdominoplasty.

Once the doctor has made the incision, he or she will bring your skin downwards to eliminate the bulgy sagginess around your lower abdomen. They will then trim away the excess skin and put in the stitches. There is typically no tightening of the abdominal muscles nor is there much, if any, fat removal.

Because of the location of the incision and the nature of a mini tummy tuck, loose skin above the navel is not repaired. If you are not sure which procedure you need, it is best to consult a plastic surgeon.

The recovery process is suited to surgeries of this kind. Naturally, your activities will be quite limited; you do not want to risk popping your stitches. You can also expect bruising and swelling. Inevitably, the necessary incision will leave a scar. Over time, the mark will fade.

Recovering successfully requires you to follow the directions your surgeon gives you. The warnings and suggestions are intended to help your healing process. Should you fail to follow those directions, you run a greater risk of suffering complications and damage to the still delicate surgical site.

Within ten days, you will have your stitches removed and the bruising and swelling will have peaked. Several weeks in, you will be able to slowly return to your usual activity levels. Meanwhile, you should continue to see the plastic surgeon to monitor your progress.

Finally, the results of your mini tummy tuck will be clear after several months of healing. Any numbness or tightness will no longer bother you and your incision will begin to lose its irritated red appearance.

Before you decide if the mini abdominoplasty procedure is right for you, you should consult a licensed plastic surgeon. After an abdominal exam, they will be able to advise you on which type of procedure would accomplish your cosmetic goals.
About the Author
Not every tummy qualifies for a full abdominoplasty. You may not need such an extensive surgery. A mini tummy tuck may serve your needs well. USA Plastic Surgery can give you the guidance you need to make a decision. http://www.usaplasticsurgery.com/asps_tummy_tuck.html
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