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Tummy tuck mini

Introduction
Has your abdomen been stretched by weight gain and weight loss or pregnancy? You may have excess fatty deposits or loose, stretched skin below your navel that will not respond to dieting and exercise. If your lower abdomen appears disproportionate with the rest of your body, a mini tummy tuck, or partial abdominoplasty, may be your best option for a firmer, flatter abdomen.



Considerations
A mini tummy tuck is less complex than a full tummy tuck because the position of your navel is unaffected and the incisions are typically smaller. Tummy tuck procedures can be performed alone, but are often performed with liposuction to further improve body contours. Individuals considering a tummy tuck should be healthy, relatively fit, and not planning future pregnancies, as this may restretch tightened muscles.



Preparation
Depending on your specific requirements and surgeon’s preference, a mini tummy tuck may be done under local anesthesia with sedation, where the abdominal area is numb, and you are relaxed and comfortable. Alternatively, you may be completely asleep, under general anesthesia. The length of time required for a mini tummy tuck procedure depends on the amount of tissue being removed and whether liposuction is also performed.

Procedure
Your surgeon will make an incision just above the pubic area. The incision is typically made where it is hidden by bathing suits or undergarments, but it is important to realize that you will have a scar. The skin and fat layers that lie above the abdominal wall are separated from the wall using an instrument such as a cautery device. The tissue is then lifted upward toward the navel to expose the abdominal muscles of the lower abdomen. Your surgeon will suture these muscles, pulling them closer together, which creates a flatter, firmer abdominal wall and a slimmer waistline. Once the muscles are tightened, the layer of skin and fat will be stretched back over the abdominal wall and excess skin and fat that hang beyond the original incision are removed. Drainage tubes will likely be placed in the abdomen through tiny holes below the incision, allowing fluids to escape as you heal. The incisions will be sutured and bandages will be applied.

Recovery and Results
You will likely need to wear a compression garment to minimize swelling and provide comfort and support while you heal. Drainage tubes and sutures will typically be removed within a week or two after the surgery. As with any surgery, pain, bruising, and swelling after the procedure are normal, and will typically subside within several weeks. Pain can be controlled with medication, if recommended by your surgeon. Your scar will fade considerably over time. You will notice an improvement in the appearance of your abdomen soon after your procedure, and your results will gradually continue to progress. With proper diet and exercise, you can have a firmer, flatter abdomen and start enjoying the new you.

Tummy tuck full

A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is one of the most common cosmetic surgery procedures performed. Often, factors such as multiple pregnancies and genetics can contribute to the development of loose skin, fat deposits, and stretch marks in the abdominal region. Even substantial weight loss can contribute to the development of loose skin in the abdomen. As these areas typically persist despite proper diet and exercise, they can make the abdomen appear disproportionate with the rest of the body.

Full Tummy Tuck Introduction
A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is one of the most common cosmetic surgery procedures performed. Often, factors such as multiple pregnancies and genetics can contribute to the development of loose skin, fat deposits, and stretch marks in the abdominal region. Even substantial weight loss can contribute to the development of loose skin in the abdomen. As these areas typically persist despite proper diet and exercise, they can make the abdomen appear disproportionate with the rest of the body.

How a Full Tummy Tuck Works
A full tummy tuck works by removing loose skin, fat deposits, and stretch marks from the abdominal region. In addition, vertical abdominal muscles that have been stretched and weakened over time are tightened, restoring the appearance of a firmer, flatter abdomen. Tummy tuck procedures can be performed alone, but are often performed with liposuction to further improve body contours. A tummy tuck should not be considered as a treatment for obesity, or a substitute for proper diet and exercise. Individuals considering a tummy tuck should be healthy and relatively fit. Future pregnancies and substantial changes in weight following a tummy tuck, as well as the presence of scars from prior surgeries may decrease the effectiveness and longevity of treatment.

Surgery Preparation
The length of a tummy tuck procedure can vary depending on the extent of tissue removal, or the necessity for an additional procedure such as liposuction. However, most full tummy tuck procedures last approximately two to five hours. Prior to the start of your tummy tuck procedure, the treatment area will be cleansed and incision guidelines will be drawn. For complex procedures, which involve the removal of a large amount of tissue, or are performed in conjunction with another procedure, general anesthesia will likely be administered. Conversely, a local anesthetic and sedative may be administered for less complex procedures, which will help you stay comfortable and relaxed.

Incision
Full tummy tuck procedures typically require two incisions. The surgeon will make an incision just above the pubic area that spans from one hip bone to the other. The length of the incision and its shape will depend on the extent of treatment as well as the contours of your body. While the surgeon will attempt to place the incision so that it is hidden by a bathing suit or undergarments, it is important to realize that you will have a permanent scar. A second incision is usually made around the navel.

Exposure of Abdominal Wall
The skin and fat layers that lie above the abdominal wall are separated from the wall using a cautery device. The tissue is then lifted upward toward the rib cage to expose the abdominal muscles.







Tightening of Abdominal Muscles
In order to tighten the abdomen, the surgeon will suture the abdominal muscles, pulling them closer together, which creates a flatter, firmer abdominal wall and a slimmer waistline.






Replacing Skin and Navel Position
The surgeon will stretch the layer of skin and fat that had been lifted away back tightly over the abdominal wall. Although your navel remains intact and attached to the abdominal wall, it will become covered by the layer of skin when it is pulled back into place. Therefore, the surgeon will make an incision through the layers of skin and fat to create a new hole for your navel. The skin and fat that hangs beyond the original incision line will be removed.

Incision Closure
In order to prevent fluid build up as you heal, drainage tubes will likely be placed in the abdomen, and will remain in place for approximately two to three weeks. The incisions will be sutured and dressings and bandages will be applied.






Full Tummy Tuck Recovery
You will most likely have to wear a type of compression garment, which is similar to a girdle. This tight-fitting garment will help to reduce swelling by preventing fluid build up, as well as provide comfort and support as you heal. Depending on the extent of surgery, you may have to wear the compression garment up to several weeks. As with any major surgical procedure, you will likely experience pain, bruising, and swelling, most of which will subside in a few weeks. While you may not be able to stand fully upright, it is important that you begin to walk for short periods soon after your procedure to facilitate blood flow. Your stitches may dissolve with time. However non-dissolving stitches will be removed in approximately one week, whereas sutures may remain in place for up to two weeks.

Full Tummy Tuck Results
Most patients are able to return to work in one to three weeks time. However, it may take six to eight weeks before you feel able to return to full normal activity including heavy lifting and strenuous exercise. Although you will have a permanent scar, it will slowly fade over time. It is important to realize that if you become pregnant or experience substantial weight gain or loss, the results from your procedure may be compromised. However, with proper diet and exercise, the results from a tummy tuck can be maintained for several years.