Women who have given birth know that childbirth can leave you with unsightly stretch marks. A mini tummy tuck can help you. If you have excess skin and looseness in your lower abdomen only, then a mini tummy tuck may be just right for you. A mini tummy tuck smoothes the part of the abdomen below the belly button, raising excess fat and skin to improve the contours of the lower abdomen. The mini tummy tuck targets the lower part of the tummy, and is especially beneficial to women whose lower abdominal area has been weakened by pregnancy. The muscles can also be tightened during a mini tummy tuck, though not as effectively as a full tummy tuck.
The scars from a mini tummy tuck are shorter, recovery from the surgery is easier, and the belly button is not moved during the procedure. A mini tummy tuck provides very good results for both men and women.
During the procedure, an incision is made within the “bikini” line under the abdomen; this helps to hide the scar under clothes after the procedure. Excess skin and fat are removed, the muscle beneath is tightened, and the skin is moved to provide an appealing body shape. The stretching of the skin can give the belly button an improved appearance by pulling it downward, although the belly button itself is not directly manipulated during the surgery.
The procedure is often done on an outpatient basis and is performed under general anesthesia. Most patients have very little discomfort after the surgery and are able to return to work in about ten days after their surgery. There may be some temporary bruising and some swelling for a few weeks following surgery, but this is normal.
For more information and to schedule your tummy tuck, visit Dr. Wali’s website www.plasticsurgerysocal.com.