Tummy tucks have been a popular procedure for years now, however, they can be very invasive and entail the strengthening of the abdominal muscles, removal of large amounts of tissue, the repositioning of the belly button and a considerable scar.
Potential complications and a lengthy recovery are important considerations to bear in mind before you decide to embark on a full abdominoplasty, which is why many patients look to alternatives such as the mini tummy tuck.
The mini tummy tuck is a modified version of the full tummy tuck. It includes a smaller incision, usually in the same place as you’d have a C-section incision which means the recovery time is usually much shorter. However, not everyone is a good candidate for a mini tummy tuck. Below, you’ll discover when a mini tummy tuck is recommended.
Who is an ideal candidate for a mini tummy tuck?
Those who are considered ideal candidates for a mini tummy tuck are typically those who only have localised pockets of fat in the lower abdominal area. You’ll also have tried but failed to have eliminated the fat through diet and exercise. No cosmetic procedure, be it a tummy tuck or liposuction, should be used as a replacement for a proper diet and exercise routine.
You will also be suitable for a mini tummy tuck if you have loose skin around the lower abdomen.
When should a mini tummy tuck be avoided?
Like any procedure, there are times where a mini tummy tuck may not be suitable. If you’re planning on getting pregnant in the not too distant future, for example, it might be best to wait till a later date before having any type of body contouring surgery.
If you have excess skin and fat or lax abdominal muscles above the belly button and extending up the whole length of the abdominal wall, then you are better suited for a full tummy tuck. If the skin is quite tight in the abdominal area, you may also be a better candidate for liposuction than a mini tummy tuck.
Things to be aware of before undergoing the procedure
If you are an ideal candidate for a mini tummy tuck, it’s important to do your research before undergoing the procedure. Like a full tummy tuck, the procedure will be carried out under general anaesthetic and maybe just a slightly shorter procedure.
The procedure also comes with the same risks, such as scarring, blood clots, issues with wound healing and fat necrosis. Mr Paul Tulley will be able to talk through all of the risks and potential complications during your consultation.
A mini tummy tuck may be more preferable in place of a full tummy tuck, but it is important to make sure you’re an ideal candidate before going ahead with the procedure. It’s a good idea to book a consultation with an experienced surgeon to talk through your options and decide upon the best possible treatment choice to suit your circumstances. Call 020 7183 1559 to book a mini tummy tuck consultation.