Sagging skin, stretch marks, and stubborn fat deposits on your stomach can ruin your self-confidence. You might feel embarrassed to wear swimsuits, struggle to find clothing that fits well, or even feel self-conscious in your own skin. Many people suffer from these self-perceived body images. Being displeased with your mid-section can stem from changes due to pregnancy, weight gain or dramatic weight loss, genetics, or aging. The reality is that while diet and exercise are very important, they can’t always flatten your stomach. That’s where Dr. B. Aviva Preminger and the team at Preminger Plastic Surgery can help. As a woman and a mother, Dr. Preminger understands that sagging skin and stubborn fat is problematic for many women, and a mini tummy tuck could be the solution you’ve been seeking.
What is a Mini Tummy Tuck?
Abdominoplasty, commonly called a tummy tuck, offers a modified version called the mini tummy tuck. Unlike a standard tummy tuck, which contours the abdominal wall and eliminates excess and damaged skin, a mini tummy tuck usually does not require a drain, is less invasive, and has a faster recovery. A mini tummy tuck focuses on the abdominal portion that’s below the belly button. This procedure removes excess skin, stretch marks, and sagging skin. It will restore your lower abdomen to a firmer, flatter, and more flattering shape, and can tighten lower abdominal muscles that have become mildly lax.
Common Questions about mini tummy tucks
- Is a mini tummy tuck right for me?
- Without a consultation, there is no way to say for sure, but if you’re at a stable, healthy weight and only have moderate amounts of excess skin, then typically, you are a good candidate for this procedure. A mini tummy tuck is ideal for tightening, toning, and removing excess skin below the belly button. If you only want to focus on this area, then a mini tummy tuck might be the right choice for you.
- Where is the incision made, and will there be a scar?
- A mini tummy tuck incision is shorter than the incision in a full abdominoplasty because less tissue is being removed. That means your scarring will be smaller. Incision placement is specific to your body and surgery needs. Usually, a mini tummy tuck will result in a scar no larger than that of a C-section, and it can be concealed by a bathing suit or underwear.
- What kind of anesthesia will be used?
- Mini tummy tucks are performed under general anesthesia. You will be asleep for the entire procedure.
- How long will my surgery last?
- Typically a mini tummy-tuck takes two to three hours.
- Are there risks?
- A mini tummy tuck is a surgical procedure, and, like any surgery, there are possibilities for complications. Dr. Preminger will discuss with you possible risks and complications to help you decide if the benefits will meet your needs. Although rare, some risks include pain, bleeding, infection, and asymmetry. However, choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon in Manhattan, such as Dr. Preminger, will minimize potential risks.
- How do I prepare for a mini tummy tuck?
- Prior to any surgery, you should review your medications and health history with Dr. Preminger. If you use any tobacco products, you’ll be advised to quit, as tobacco products impair your body’s ability to heal. You will be asked to stop smoking for a minimum of six weeks before surgery. It would help if you gathered any postoperative healing supplies ahead of time. Find a responsible adult to drive you to and from your appointment and stay with you for a minimum of 24 hours following your return home. We often recommend having a family member or close friend come stay with you for a few days to lessen any initial struggles related to healing.
- How long is the recovery process?
- Recovery time will vary. Typically, though, you can expect to return to work within two weeks after your procedure if you do not have a physically demanding job. You will not be able to return to strenuous activity, however, until at least 4-6 weeks following surgery. It may take 8-12 weeks for swelling to resolve completely.
- Who should not get a mini tummy tuck?
- A mini tummy tuck is not right for everyone. Keep in mind that a mini tummy tuck should not be relied upon for dramatic weight loss. You should be within a reasonable weight range to be considered a candidate for this procedure. Also, you should put off getting a tummy tuck if you plan on becoming pregnant, and wait until your body fully heals after giving birth.
- How can I maintain my results?
- Following your mini tummy tuck, you can maintain your results by living a healthy lifestyle that includes eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly. Weight gain could affect your results, and you may require future cosmetic procedures to obtain the body image you desire.
Mini Tummy Tuck in New York
If you are located in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, or anywhere in New York City, contact the office of Preminger Plastic Surgery today by calling (212) 706-1900 and schedule a consultation to learn more about this procedure.