Age, childbirth, and weight loss can all contribute to pockets of fat or excess skin in your lower abdomen, leaving you with loose skin that appears to sag. Fortunately, there are natural and surgical ways obtain a tighter looking waistline, which in turn will complement the curvature of your body. When diet and exercise fail to achieve those results on their own, patients can undergo the mini tummy tuck procedure at our Long Island office.
Tummy Tuck vs. Mini Tummy Tuck
Both forms of tummy tuck surgery are meant to produce a flatter stomach by means of removing excess skin. The distinguishing factor between a mini and traditional tummy tuck is the amount of skin to be removed. Patients who are in good shape but have a small accumulation of fat or skin in their lower stomach are prime candidates for the mini procedure.
A conventional tummy tuck requires an incision from hip to hip, to access all tissue along the abdomen, and often around the belly button to reposition it afterward. However, a mini tummy tuck only entails one small incision directly below the abdomen. As a result, the procedure is less invasive, there is less scarring, and recovery is quicker.
Candidates for a Mini Tummy Tuck
There are a number of reasons why someone’s lower stomach may seem to droop over time. Patients considering a tummy tuck may have experienced any of the following:
- Weight loss: After diet, exercise, or surgery, some people may retain folds of skin that refuse to disappear along with their lost weight. A tummy tuck can help solve this problem and finally give you the look you deserve.
- Pregnancy: As resilient as the human body is, childbirth can take a toll on a woman’s curves. Some of the most common candidates for a tummy tuck are mothers looking to tighten their stomach after pregnancy.
- Age: As time goes on, people tend to gradually put on weight as their skin also loses its elasticity. A mini tummy tuck is one of many body contouring procedures to help rejuvenate you with smoother, more uniform curves.
- Genetics: Sometimes, patients have “problems areas” that they simply cannot resolve due to their given body type. For those unhappy with their naturally sagging stomach, this procedure may provide a solution.
Keep in mind that a mini tummy tuck will flatten and tighten only the area below your navel, and is not intended as a method of any significant weight loss. For other areas of concern and treatment options, please consult your doctor or plastic surgeon.
After the surgery’s completion, patients should rest for at least one week. During this time, swelling and pain around the incision can be expected. To aid you in the recovery process, your doctor will prescribe medication to curb discomfort and prevent infection. You will also be given an elastic garment to wear for a prescribed period; the surgical garment will promote healing and prevent complications. Most patients are able to resume all regular activities within six weeks, but your doctor will help you determine an appropriate timeline for your recovery.
Although complications a rare, they are increased by poor circulation, diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic illnesses. Please discuss any possible risk factors with your doctor prior to surgery to ensure a swift, healthy recovery.
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Dr. Greenberg’s three New York offices are each equipped with the latest technology to better serve you. Whether you’d like a simple tummy tuck or are interested in one of our package deals, contact us to schedule a free consultation. Our friendly and experienced staff will help you set up an appointment at your convenience.