Mini – Tummy Tuck

Conveniently located to serve Pensacola, FL.

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Mini – Tummy Tuck Overview

If you just have a “belly pooch” that you like to eliminate, then a mini-tummy tuck might be for you. A mini-tummy tuck is an ideal procedure for patients that have an excess of abdominal skin and fat below the belly button and some muscle weakness but do not require a full restructuring of the abdominal wall.

Facts About Mini – Tummy Tuck

Typical Timing/Age

30-65 years old

Cost

$6,700 *This is an estimation & prices may vary.

Problems

Excess abdominal skin and subcutaneous fat below the belly button and/or abdominal wall muscle laxity. This is usually caused by pregnancy, weight fluctuations and aging. Excess abdominal skin above the belly button and/or more significant abdominal wall muscle laxity is more effectively addressed with traditional abdominoplasty, not a mini-abdominoplasty.

Goal

To improve lower abdominal contour.

Facility

Surgery Center or Hospital

Anesthesia

General anesthesia

Hospital stay

A mini-abdominoplasty is an outpatient surgery. This means you can safely return home the same day the procedure is performed. A long hospital stay is not required.

Work

Most patients can return to work 1-2 days after surgery, depending on the type of work.

Swelling

Can persist for 3-6 months

Bruising

Usually subsides after 2-3 weeks

Risks & Complications

Hematoma, seroma, infection, poor scarring, dehiscence, delayed wound healing, skin necrosis, asymmetry, numbness, thromboembolism, contour irregularities, need for revision, and complications related to anesthesia.

Procedure

Through a horizontal incision on your lower abdomen excess skin and subcutaneous fat are removed. Also through this incision, your abdominal wall muscles are sutured together to improve your abdominal contour. There are no sutures to remove, as they are all internal. The resultant scars are horizontal across your lower abdomen. A mini-abdominoplasty leaves no scar around your belly button because only the tissues below the belly button are addressed. Depending on your abdomen, drains may or may not be used.

Preparation

Patients should be at a stable weight and should avoid using any nicotine-containing substances.

Positioning

After a mini-abdominoplasty, you will need to keep your hips flexed at all times for 1-2 weeks to help minimize the tension on your skin incision. This means walking around a little hunched over and sleeping in a recliner or in bed with pillows under your back and under your knees.

Assistance

After undergoing a mini tummy tuck, you will need assistance with some of your normal daily activities as you rest and recover. It is important that you have someone available to help take care of you after surgery as you will not be able to lift children, heavy items, etc.

Walking

You are encouraged to walk around as much as possible to help reduce the risk of DVT and thromboembolism.

Showering

After 48 hours you should remove your dressings and take a shower.

Exercise

1 week for light exercise. 3 weeks for regular exercise. 6 weeks for abdominal exercises.

Sex

Wait 3 weeks because you don’t want to stress your incisions or increase your blood pressure during the early healing period.

Work

1-2 weeks depending on your type of work

Contact Our Office

A mini tummy tuck is an excellent cosmetic procedure for those with stubborn fat and loose skin in the abdominal region who wants to improve their abdominal contours. If you’re interested in learning more about the mini tummy tuck in Pensacola, FL, contact Gulf Coast Plastic Surgery to schedule your consultation today.

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Procedures are performed by board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons, Dr. Butler, Dr. Leveque, and Dr. Patterson in Pensacola, FL.

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