Mini Tummy Tuck
A Mini Tummy Tuck, also known as a partial abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure for the removal of excess skin on the lower abdomen. Both women and men can benefit from improved skin laxity by achieving a flatter tummy and smooth curves.
For patients considering a mini tummy tuck, they should have a mild or moderate amount of excess skin on the lower abdomen or below the belly button. Those who notice age-related sagging are great candidates. It is important to understand that this procedure does not eliminate all stretch marks. Additionally, a mini tummy tuck does not address anything above the belly button, but liposuction may be an option to treat upper abdominal fat removal. What will be accomplished is added definition to your midsection and a boost in your confidence.
Healing time varies by individual, treatment areas, and size. Depending on your daily routine and how strenuous your job is, most candidates can return to their normal activities, within reason, as soon as one week, although healing can persist for 3-6 months or longer. Bruising is expected and will fade in a matter of days or a few weeks. Swelling may take longer, persisting from several weeks to several months. Compression garments are encouraged to be used daily anywhere between 6 weeks to 3 months to reduce these side effects. The recovery process is a journey; patience is highly recommended as your body will have fluctuations in healing. Remember to follow home care instructions and keep up with any post-operative appointments to ensure results.
Yes! The risks of a mini tummy tuck are generally low, possible side effects such as bruising, swelling, infection and pain can be reduced with proper adherence to post-operative care. Ambulating regularly after your procedure will decrease the chances of blood clotting and increase the recovery process. Any rigorous motions or heavy lifting can cause a reopening of your incision, so light activities are encouraged until you are medically cleared, and the incision has healed. Your medical team at Arike will provide detailed instructions for at-home care and pain management.