Have pregnancies or weight loss left you with sagging and wrinkling skin on your lower abdomen? Would you like to tune up your abdominal area and achieve a sleek, sculpted, youthful silhouette? A mini tummy tuck, one of the cosmetic treatments offered at The Plastic Surgery Center in Sarasota, FL, could be the solution you’ve been searching for. This treatment, which is performed in our office, is relatively short and almost immediately tightens and flattens the abdominal area.
What Is a Mini Tummy Tuck?
A mini tummy tuck, as its name implies, is essentially a modified version of a full Tummy Tuck. While a full Tummy Tuck reconstructs the entire abdominal area, this mini treatment focuses exclusively on the lower portion of the abdomen below the navel, which is an area that can be difficult to tone up with exercise.
Mini tucks are popular among women who want to get their pre-baby bodies back after bearing children. But men are also increasingly seeking out the treatment as a way of resolving the abdominal pouch or pudge that can develop as a person ages. And for some individuals, a Tummy Tuck is a way of adding tone and definition to the lower belly when diet and exercise have not offered results. Tummy Tucks are one of the most popular cosmetic body treatments in the Bradenton/Sarasota area.
What Happens During a Mini Tuck?
The treatment is fairly straightforward. A small incision will be made near your bikini line and excess skin and fat from the area will be removed. The remaining skin, and the internal abdominal muscles, will be pulled taut. The entire treatment usually takes an hour or two and is performed under general anesthesia, which means you will not feel any pain or discomfort. You’ll then spend some time in our recovery area before heading home.
What’s Recovery Like?
Depending on how active their jobs are, most patients return to work in roughly a week. During your recovery, you’ll wear a snug-fitting compression garment designed to encourage your abdominal skin to conform to the body’s new shape. We’ll encourage you to resume gentle exercise as soon as possible to keep your circulation at a healthy level and speed your recovery. Heavy lifting and strenuous exercise should be avoided for several weeks.
When Will I See Results?
You’ll notice a change in the size and contour of your lower abdomen almost immediately after your treatment, and those results will continue to develop over the following months as your body completes the recovery process.
How Can I Tell if I Need a Mini or a Full Tummy Tuck?
It really comes down to where your problem area is. If your loose skin and pooching is confined to the area of the abdomen below your belly button, a mini treatment should be sufficient. Full Tummy Tucks, referred to in medical terms as abdominoplasty, are intended for patients who are struggling with sagging and abdominal heaviness both above and below the belly button. Mini tucks are usually faster, less aggressive treatments that involve a shorter recovery period.
Are the Results of a Tummy Tuck Permanent?
This treatment is generally considered to be a permanent treatment, but you’ll need to maintain your results by sticking to a healthy lifestyle that includes regular exercise and a careful diet. Your results will diminish if you gain a significant amount of weight later.
Will a Mini Tuck Help Me Get Rid of Stretch Marks?
A Tummy Tuck, particularly a mini tuck that focuses primarily on addressing the abdominal pouch, won’t always be able to take away stretch marks. Stretch marks, which sometimes develop during pregnancy, form when the skin tears deep below the surface because it can’t keep up with a quickly growing part of the body. If stretch marks are a particular concern for you, we can talk with you about the best way of treating them.
Who Qualifies for a Mini Tuck Treatment?
This treatment has been successfully performed on both men and women with a variety of different health backgrounds. There are several signs that you may be a good candidate for this treatment.
You’re Overall Health Is Good
It helps if you’re a non-smoker who’s in good overall health. If you have any underlying health conditions, share those with us during your consultation so we can determine if this treatment is appropriate for you. Tummy Tucks are not recommended for women who are pregnant. In fact, women are usually advised to postpone this treatment until after they are done having children.
You’re Close to Your Ideal Weight
A Tummy Tuck, whether it’s a full tuck or a mini one, should be viewed primarily as a body contouring treatment. It removes extra fat and skin from the area, leaving the patient with a firmer and more toned appearance, but it won’t help you lose a significant amount of weight. In fact, we recommend that patients who are planning weight loss shed the pounds first and get as close to their ideal weight as possible before treatment. If weight loss is your primary goal, your best bet is to pursue a diet and exercise plan.
Your Cosmetic Issues Are Confined to the Lower Abdomen
The mini tuck, in particular, focuses on flattening and firming the lower part of the abdomen: a part of the body that can be particularly vulnerable to sagging because of pregnancy, weight loss, and the natural aging process. It’s a tricky area to address with targeted exercises, which is why the mini tuck can be such a nice option for patients.
What Other Treatment Options Do I Have?
When it comes to toning and flattening your abdominal area, there are several treatments you can consider. Liposuction and CoolSculpting are two treatments offered by our practice that patients sometimes consider, although each has a slightly different approach.
Like a Tummy Tuck, liposuction is a slightly more involved treatment that involves anesthesia, a small incision, and a week or so of recovery. With liposuction, a long, thin tube is inserted through an incision to suction away unwanted fat. Liposuction can be performed on various parts of the body, including the tummy area. One difference between the two treatments is that while liposuction focuses on removing fatty deposits, a Tummy Tuck removes fat as well as excess skin.
CoolSculpting is a fat-removal treatment that basically kills off fat cells by freezing them. The lymphatic system then flushes those fat cells out of the body over a period of weeks. CoolSculpting is a non-invasive outpatient treatment that involves no downtime. Most patients, however, require multiple treatments.
CoolSculpting tends to be a less aggressive treatment, but it’s a good option for patients with just a bit of stubborn fat that they’re having trouble shedding. CoolSculpting generally does not resolve the problem of sagging or excess skin.
Can a Mini Tummy Tuck Be Combined With Other Treatments?
Some patients opt to combine a Tummy Tuck with one or more of the other cosmetic services we offer. Breast augmentation, facelifts, and arm lifts are among the treatments our patients often seek out.
What Is a Mommy Makeover?
Many patients come to us after their childbearing years and ask for a Mommy Makeover. A Mommy Makeover is essentially a customized treatment plan designed to help a woman restore her body after undergoing the physical changes associated with pregnancy. It’s not uncommon for a mini tuck to be incorporated into such a makeover. Liposuction and breast augmentation are also frequently elements of a Mommy Makeover treatment plan.
What Other Benefits Does This Treatment Offer?
There are a number of benefits associated with undergoing this type of Tummy Tuck, including greater self-confidence and a stronger core.
You’ll Feel Terrific
After undergoing a Tummy Tuck, you’ll look and feel terrific. You’ll feel more self-confident, and your abdominal area will be flat and sculpted, giving you a more youthful, fit silhouette. Your clothes will fit well and comfortably, and you’ll no longer want to hide behind baggy, oversized shirts. Wearing a bathing suit will be fun again. You’ll also notice that everyday tasks will suddenly feel easier and more enjoyable. Bending down to fetch something from a lower shelf, getting down on the floor to play with children, and even housecleaning will all be easier.
A Nearly Scarless Treatment
Any time an incision is made in the skin, there will be a scar. But mini tucks are sometimes referred to as a scarless treatment because the incision is small and the mark it leaves behind is discreet enough to be hidden behind a bikini.
A Stronger Core
By tightening the abdominal area, a Tummy Tuck can increase support for the spine. Some patients find that their core feels stronger, and back pain is less likely after undergoing treatment.
Improved Bladder Control
In addition to removing extra skin and fat from the abdominal area, a Tummy Tuck can also strengthen the soft tissues around the bladder and pelvic floor, alleviating urinary incontinence. This means you may be less likely to leak when you sneeze or cough.
How Can I Tell if a Mini Tuck Is Right for Me?
The best way to learn if this treatment is right for you is to schedule a consultation at our practice. During your appointment, we’ll review your medical history, the medications you are currently taking, and your aesthetic goals. We’ll work with you to determine whether or not a mini tuck is right for you, and we can also help determine whether any other treatments should be incorporated to help you meet your goals.
Who Will Oversee My Treatment?
Your treatment will be overseen by Dr. Jeff Scott. Dr. Scott earned his Bachelor of Science from the University of Oklahoma and his medical degree at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He is board-certified in General Surgery and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
Dr. Scott is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is known for his ability to deliver beautiful, natural results for his patients.
Get Started Now
If you’re ready to get rid of a stubborn abdominal pooch that won’t respond to diet and exercise, it may be time to explore a mini tummy tuck. All of our treatments take place in our state-of-the-art facility, and we focus on delivering personalized care to our patients. Whether you want a complete Mommy Makeover or just a tummy tuck, we can help. Call The Plastic Surgery Center in Sarasota, FL and schedule a consultation today.