Mini Tummy Tuck
Mini Tummy Tuck
A mini tummy tuck or partial abdominoplasty or mini tummy tuck surgery or mini liposuction is best suited for those who cannot reduce the bulging beneath their navels or who have stretched, lax skin. Stubborn bulging in the lower abdomen is usually the result of weakened and stretched muscles from fluctuating weight, pregnancy and aging.
Mini Tummy Tuck Candidate:
The ideal candidate is a male or female who has a slim midsection and only desires to change the shape of their tummy by reducing a limited amount of bulging or saggy skin. Understanding the patient’s goals is very important to achieving a customized procedure, which is why Dr Prashant Yadav , a board certified Plastic Surgeon, will take the time during your consultation to find out what your expectations are and answer all your questions and concerns about a mini tummy tuck.
Mini Tummy Tuck vs Tummy Tuck:
- Patients with significant amount of fat and skin need full abdominoplasty. This surgery also tightens abdominal muscles. This surgery is generally performed under general anesthesia or sometimes under intravenous sedation. The entire procedure takes somewhere between 2.5-5 hours depending upon amount of work that needs to be done.
- Some patients have just some excess fat which may not be completely removed by liposuction. Those patients can benefit from mini abdominoplasty. This surgery can be performed under general anesthesia. The procedure takes between 1.5-2 hours. The recovery from mini tummy tuck is faster than standard tummy tuck. Mini tummy tuck scar is smaller than standard abdominoplasty as the mini tummy tuck incision needed is smaller than standard tummy tuck.
Mini Tummy Tuck Procedure:
Mini tummy tuck is performed using 2 techniques:
- VASER liposuction
- Hi def tummy tuck
The procedure of mini tummy tuck:
Anesthesia is given using intravenous sedation.
Then, very tiny incisions are made wherever the liposuction is needed. Generally somewhere between 2-4 tiny incisions are made. The abdominal area is filled with a tumescent saline solution that contains local anesthetic and helps numb the site and shrink the blood vessels (this will minimize any blood loss and reduce bruising). This saline solution wets and fills the area to be treated, making it easier to break up fatty tissue with the Vaser system’s ultrasound energy.
Next, a small probe is inserted into the treatment area. It transmits sound energy to break up and liquefy or melt the fat, while preserving other important tissues. This technique selectively removes the smaller deposits of fat surrounding specific muscle groups. In turn, this then enhances the natural contours of the muscles.
Finally, a gentle suction is used to remove the liquefied or melted fat. This process minimizes trauma to surrounding tissue structures such as nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue. This approach promotes smooth results and rapid healing.
Mini tummy tuck can be performed under general anesthesia .Before beginning the tummy tuck procedure Dr prashant Yadav will carefully mark the area to be treated. The places where the incisions will be made will also be carefully marked.
Mini tummy tuck surgery lasts between 1.5 to 2 hours, depending on the nature of the procedure: skin tightening, fat removal, abdominal muscle correction.
A much smaller incision than regular tummy tuck is made, hence the recovery is faster and scarring is minimal.
The rectus muscles, better known as the ‘six pack’, are tightened with sutures and the extra skin, tissue and fat are removed through the incision. To remove excess fat, liposuction is frequently used to achieve the desired result. Finally, sutures are placed to close the incision and drains may be inserted in the area to aid in the prevention of fluid retention.
Although the belly button is not surgically targeted at all, it’s appearance is often improved because the skin is pulled downward to make it taut, thereby creating a more pleasing shape
After the treatment the incisions are bandaged. If there are drains inserted leading from the bandages to drain off any fluid from the wound, these drains usually need to stay in place for two days. You are dressed in the special elastic / compression bandage which you were previously measured for.
Aftercare and Recovery:
After the procedure you will be individually advised to wear the elastic bandage or compression garments for between 2-4 weeks. The compression bandages provide support: which will feel comfortable. The compression garment ensures that the skin around the stomach becomes nice and tight. Therefore it is best to wear the compression garment day and night.
- The scars must be kept dry until the stitches are removed.
- The stitches will be removed about a week after the procedure.
- You may then take a luke-warm shower but not a bath.
- The subcutaneous stitches are self-dissolving.
- After the procedure you will be given a 3-day course of antibiotics.
- Majority of swelling goes down in a month
- Allow yourself a minimum of 2 weeks to rest after the procedure.
- A week after the procedure you can resume light daily activities.
- After 6 weeks you can resume your sporting activities and lifting and exercise.
It is important to not subject the scar under any pressure for a few weeks after stomach correction surgery. The first 3 months after treatment the scar will be red and lumpy; after this the redness will start to fade. After 12 to 18 months the scars are fully healed, until this time it is important to protect your scar from the sun.
Risks and Complications:
Thanks to modern sedation techniques complications are rare. General surgical complications which can occur after any operation are: post-operative bleeding, infections, sensory disturbance,, a wound which doesn't heal properly or an
Specific complications associated with mini tummy tuck surgery are: an irregular skin surface, hypertrophic scar formation, skin discolouration after bruising and water retention. It is important that you stop smoking before the operation to prevent tissue necrosis.
Results of a Mini Tummy tuck
Following a tummy tuck the stomach will be swollen and bruised. The swelling and bruising will last a few weeks. After 6 weeks you will see the results of the procedure. It will be about one year when the final result will be visible after your operation, when the scars and subcutaneous tissue are completely healed.
The results of a mini tummy tuck are permanent.
How much does a mini tummy tuck cost?
Cost of mini tummy tuck procedure depends upon the amount of work needed to be done on every patient. Make a visit to one of Dezire clinics located at Pune, Bangalore, Delhi or Gurgaon. Upon your personalised consultation with Dr Prashant Yadav, he will discuss about your goals and your concerns and give you idea about cost of the treatment.