Mini-Abdominoplasty

Mini Abdominoplasty or Mini Tuck differs from a full abdominoplasty in at least one respect. Only the skin below the belly-button is elevated and “redraped”. The umbilicus is left alone and the skin may be temporarily cut around it to allow access to the upper abdomen and tightening of the muscle. This surgery is for women with a limited amount of extra skin usually confined to the lower abdomen and a limited or minimal stretching of the abdominal muscles. It is also an alternative for women who do not want the more extensive full abdominoplasty and the longer recovery.

The abdominal muscles can be tightened, just as in a full abdominoplasty, by repairing the gap between the rectus muscles form the pubic bone to uppermost part of the abdomen (Xiphoid). Once again the benefits may also extend to the pubic area which is lifted and tightened but not usually the upper thighs. Mini-abdominoplasty is usually combined with liposuction of the upper abdomen. Full abdominoplasty and liposuction are usually not recommended for men and women who are morbidly obese

IDEAL CANDIDATES
Ideal candidates are aged 20 and beyond and include (a) women who have had children and (b) men and women after significant weight loss.It is particularly good for older women with a fatty “pannus” or fold of skin and fat that hangs down.

SURGICAL TECHNIQUE
The excess skin below the belly button, is removed. The muscle may be tightened if it has been stretched.Surgery takes two to three hours and requires an overnight stay. All skin stitches are absorbable. Drains to remove fluid from under the skin are removed at 3 and 4 days. The wounds are all healed at 2 weeks but strenuous sports are limited for 6-8 weeks until the muscles repair is strong (usually does not apply if muscles have not been repaired). Back to work in 7-10 days.

OUTCOME
An incision that is hidden in a high cut bikini bottom resulting in a flat tummy. A sexy looking belly button and tummy and thighs, inner thighs and knees and anywhere else to match the new tummy.