Dr. Geoffrey Keyes is a trusted name in cosmetic surgery, serving patients in and around the greater Los Angeles area. He achieves excellent results in advanced body contouring procedures, such as tummy tuck, liposuction, and total body lifts. Variations on full surgeries can be performed as needed in order to achieve all of a patient's aesthetic goals. One example of this is the mini tummy tuck, which we would like to consider in brief right now.
What is a mini tummy tuck?
A mini tummy tuck is a variation on the traditional tummy tuck surgery. It is performed in order to reduce the amount of sagging skin, flabbiness, and stretchmarks in the lower abdominal region and the sides.
How does the mini tummy tuck differ from the traditional tummy tuck?
The primary difference between the traditional tummy tuck and the mini tummy tuck is the extent of the incisions that are made during surgery. In a traditional tummy tuck, incisions are made in an anchor shape around the lower stomach, with a circular incision around the belly button, a lateral incision that spans from hipbone to hipbone, and a vertical incision that connects these two.
Since the mini tummy tuck is intended for less extensive body contouring needs, the above anchor-shaped incision is often not necessary for the mini procedure.
Incisions Made During a Mini Tummy Tuck
This can vary from patient to patient, but the mini tummy tuck tends to only involve the lateral incision that is made from hipbone to hipbone. In some cases, the lateral incision for the mini tummy tuck doesn't even need to span from hipbone to hipbone and may simply be a few inches in length around the middle of the lower stomach area beneath the belly button.
Through this incision, surgeons are able to remove excess fat using liposuction, adjust underlying structures of the abdominal region, and tighten the remaining skin of the abdomen to eliminate sagging.
During the consultation process, patients will find out their exact needs and the proper placement of the surgical incisions.
Ideal Candidates for Mini Tummy Tuck
The best candidates for mini tummy tuck surgery are people who have lost a fair amount of weight and experience some sagging of the abdominal skin and love handle areas. They should be in good health overall and not suffer from a medical condition in which surgery would lead to a significant risk of complications.
While the incision(s) required for the mini tummy tuck are less substantial than the traditional tummy tuck, it's important that patients have realistic expectations about the surgical process and post-surgical scarring. Rest assured that scars fade with time and that they are well-concealed by most bathing suits and undergarments.
The Results of Mini Tummy Tuck
The results of mini tummy tuck surgery are generally quite excellent, with patients achieving their aesthetic goals through a relative minor form of body contouring. Since the surgery is not as extensive as a traditional tummy tuck, patients will also experience a faster recovery time and less discomfort.
Speak with Dr. Geoffrey Keyes
To learn more about mini tummy tuck surgery and how it can help you have a frame that is trimmer, slimmer, and more athletic, be sure to contact our cosmetic skin care and plastic surgery center today. Dr. Keyes will help you with all of your body contouring and sculpting needs.