Mini Tummy Tuck Frequently Asked Questions ( Mini Abdominoplasty )
In fact, in a select number of patients who have come to me because of a tummy tuck. They do not have that much skin excess. they really need a full tummy tuck and indeed. We can do a mini tummy tuck ( Mini Abdominoplasty ) under local anesthesia for some of these patients.
The idea is just to get rid of the extra skin under the belly button. The best candidates for this procedure are usually patients, where the excess skin is located just below the belly button and they do not have much of it.
In these patients, a mini tummy tuck works well. I can place the incision very low and the idea is to remove a little of the skin under. The belly button to tighten things underneath and really leave, the navel alone to heal things pretty fast.
The procedure itself usually lasts about one and a half hours, as previously mentioned, under local anesthesia and is designed to help patients recover quickly. In terms of recovery after surgery. There are some bandages on the area after surgery, as always. I still have patients wearing a compression garment about two to six weeks afterward.
Occasionally, I have drains, which are tubes. That are placed under the skin to remove fluid that may accumulate in the first few weeks. In this case, the drains usually come off about a week after surgery. Then I look for a few months to make sure the scars continue to improve.
Usually, after about six weeks, they can do all their exercises, including lifting heavy things and going back to the gym. Overall, it is a very select number of patients who may be candidates for this procedure, but it works very well for these patients.