Mini Tummy Tuck

Partial or Modified Abdominoplasty

A mini-tummy tuck is also called a partial or modified abdominoplasty. This procedure is designed for people who have some loose extra skin and fat on their abdomen and want it removed, but who have abdominal muscles that are in good shape and that have not stretched apart. They do not need to have the abdominal muscles sutured back together or any repositioning of their belly button.

A mini-tummy tuck is sort of a compromise between two extremes. It is more invasive than an endoscopic abdominoplasty, but less invasive than a full abdominoplasty. A mini-tummy tuck usually results in a long scar across the lower abdomen, just above the pubic area, but one that is shorter than the scar from a full abdominoplasty.

In this type of tummy tuck, the surgeon makes a horizontal incision low on the abdomen and then loosens the skin and subcutaneous fat from the underlying tissue. He or she then redrapes the skin and fat and pulls it downward. The excess is removed and the incision is closed. The incision is usually a shorter one than is used for a full abdominoplasty.

Depending on the extent of your surgery, a drain may need to be inserted so that fluids do not build up behind the incision. This drain, which is a plastic tube that leads out of the body to a clear collection bulb, is usually removed 3 or more days after the surgery. The bulb will have to be emptied one or more times a day and you may be told to keep track of how much fluid is collected. Your surgeon will give you instructions about this.

Again, depending on the extent of your surgery, you will probably go home the same day as your procedure. You will be kept in a recovery area for two or more hours while you recover from the anesthesia and then be sent home. However, you will not be allowed to drive home and must arrange for a ride.

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