A mini tummy tuck is indicated for individuals who wish to minimally modify their waistline due to persistent fat deposits and excess skin, primarily in the infra abdominal region, or after pregnancy.
A tumescent solution is injected into the area to be treated, and excess fat is removed through liposuction. A suprapubic incision of approximately 4-5 inches is made, and a limited portion of skin is resected from this region. The scar is easily hidden. Through the incision, the rectus abdominis muscle is sutured.
The result of this plastic surgery is a reduction in the size and appearance of the waist (presenting an “hourglass” figure). The navel is relocated a bit lower, without a surrounding scar (as in some cases with a full tummy tuck).
If excess fat is present, it can be removed through liposuction. In some cases, a drainage tube is applied for 48 hours in order to prevent excess fluid buildup.
Length of Procedure
1 to 2 hours.
Neuroleptoanesthesia (deep sedation) or general, plus a tumescent solution which is also a local anesthetic.
This plastic surgery requires a short stay of less than 6 hours.
- Physical activity is restricted during the initial recovery period (generally, from 5 to 10 days)
- No sunbathing for three to four weeks post-op
- Sports and other straining activities can be resumed one month following plastic surgery
Sutures are removed 7 to 10 days after surgery.