There are so many different options out there for people who suffer from loose skin, sagging, and stretch marks, though not all of them are as effective as advertised. You may see ads for special creams and lotions that claim to tighten the skin and reduce that problematic drooping you may face after weight loss, but these usually don't work. The sure way to tighten, tone, and trim that unwanted loose skin is to undergo plastic surgery. The various tucking and tightening techniques available can truly work wonders for your overall appearance.
We'd like to take a few minutes right now to consider the mini tummy tuck, which may be just what you need to look your very best.
About Traditional Tummy Tuck Surgery
It's helpful to go over some of the basics of traditional tummy tuck surgery first. Also known as an abdominoplasty, tummy tuck surgery targets the lower abdominal area. During the tummy tuck, three incisions are made:
- One horizontal incision along the lower abdomen that spans from hipbone to hipbone
- One circular incision around the belly button
- One vertical incision that connects the previous two incisions
It's helpful to think of these three incisions as forming an anchor shape. Through these incisions, a plastic surgeon is able to remove excess skin and tissue, adjust underlying structures, and improve overall body contour in the process.
What Makes the Mini Tummy Tuck Different
The mini tummy tuck is different from the traditional tummy tuck in that it uses fewer and/or less extensive incisions in order to achieve its body sculpting aims. The same principles are applied to the surgery however.
General Candidacy for Mini Tummy Tuck Surgery
The best candidates for the mini tummy tuck are people who are dealing with just a little bit of loose skin and stretch marks in the lower abdominal area. They should be in good health overall and understand all of the risks and benefits associated with body sculpting surgery.
Perfect for Minor Body Contouring and Sculpting Needs
In most cases, patients who need just a little bit of body sculpting are the best candidates for the mini tummy tuck. During the consultation process, your surgeon will be able to determine what type of tummy tuck would be best for you and your needs and also determine the incision or incisions used to enhance your body contour.
The Mini Tummy Tuck Procedure
The mini tummy tuck is performed under general anesthetic to reduce distress and discomfort for the patient. In many cases, the mini tummy tuck only requires a single lateral incision located along the lower abdominal area. This incision need not span from hipbone to hipbone, though this is dependent on the amount of body sculpting required. Liposuction may be used in conjunction with the mini tummy tuck to extract pockets of fat and enhance overall appearance.
Learn More About Body Contouring Surgery
If you would like to learn more about the mini tummy tuck as well as your many other options out there for advanced body sculpting, be sure to contact our Tampa cosmetic plastic surgery center today. Our entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve the best possible aesthetic results.