Chances are, you’ve heard of the tummy tuck procedure or even know someone who underwent one. That’s because they’re a great procedure to slim the abdomen and create new contours. With beach weather fast approaching, this can be a great way to step into your new beach body, but an extensive surgical procedure with long recovery time might not be ideal if you want to hit the beach sooner rather than later. That’s why you should know about the mini tummy tuck.
What is a Mini Tummy Tuck?
A mini tummy tuck is a modified version of the traditional, but targets the lower stomach rather than the full abdominal area. In general, it can remove fat and excess skin below the belly button and uses a much smaller incision. These are usually placed at the bikini line, rather than the crease below the belly button, meaning it’s less noticeable.
Who is a candidate?
The best candidates for a mini tummy tuck are those with localized fat in the lower abdomen and not necessarily the rest of the stomach area. Fat and excess skin in this area can be difficult to get rid of through diet and exercise, so a mini tummy tuck can greatly benefit you in putting the final touches on your profile. Patients should be able to undergo surgery and successfully heal from it or can otherwise look at non-invasive skin-tightening options.
What is the recovery like?
The mini tummy tuck requires downtime (about 2 weeks), but considerably less than that involved in a traditional tummy tuck (2-4 weeks). It also requires less post-operative care because it’s not as invasive. So, if you’re looking to get back to the beach without the pooch, a mini tummy tuck might be the best option for you.
If you’re interested in a mini tummy tuck, Dr. Ellen can discuss your options and expectations during your consultation. To schedule an appointment, contact our office in Bloomfield Hills, serving the greater Troy and Detroit areas.