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Mini Tummy Tuck Surgery

Posted October 20, 2013 in Body Contouring, Tummy Tuck

woman laying in bedThere are plenty of options out there for effective body contouring surgery, no matter how much or how little reshaping and skin tightening that’s required. When you visit our plastic surgery center, we’ll be sure to tailor the surgery to you and your needs. One of the best options out there for minor body sculpting need is the mini tummy tuck.

We’d like to take a few moments right now to consider how the mini tummy tuck is performed and why it may be the best possible option for you and all of your aesthetic goals.

About Traditional Tummy Tuck Surgery

It may be helpful to first discuss the traditional tummy tuck surgery as a point of comparison. A traditional tummy tuck (aka abdominoplasty) is performed in order to remove loose skin and tissue from around the lower abdominal area. To do this, three incisions are made: one lateral incision that spans from one hipbone to the other, one circular incision around the belly button, and vertical incision that connects the two. Using these incisions, a surgeon is able to adjust remaining structures and remove loose skin.

How the Mini Tummy Tuck is Different

The mini tummy tuck is different in that fewer and/or less extensive incisions are required in order to achieve body contouring results.

Ideal Candidates for a Mini Tummy Tuck

The best candidates for a mini tummy tuck are people who have just a little bit of loose skin in the lower abdominal area and do not require a full tummy tuck in order to achieve the best body sculpting results. These candidates should be in good overall health and have realistic expectations about the nature of the surgery and what it can achieve.

The Mini Tummy Tuck Procedure

The mini tummy tuck procedure will vary from patient to patient depending on his or her needs. By and large, it’s performed using general anesthesia to prevent undue discomfort and distress for a patient. In some cases, only a lateral incision will be required, and it may not need to span from hipbone to hipbone. It really depends on the amount of loose skin left behind and how much tissue removal is required.

The exact nature of the procedure will be discussed during your consultation. Your surgeon will make sure you understand all of the risks and benefits and what will happen during the recovery period.

Other Variations on Tummy Tuck Surgery

If a patient has major needs regarding body sculpting and contouring, the best option to consider is the extended tummy tuck. This is like a traditional tummy tuck, though the lateral incision is much longer in order to remove more excess tissue and to achieve better body sculpting and contouring in the process.

Learn More About Tummy Tuck Surgery

For more information about tummy tuck surgery and how a skilled cosmetic plastic surgeon can help you, be sure to contact our San Francisco Bay Area cosmetic surgery centers today. The entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve the best possible aesthetic results.

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