A mini tummy tuck is a cosmetic procedure that is also called a mini-abdominoplasty. Weak or stretched stomach muscles are tightened raising excess fat and the skin below the belly button and creating a more contoured lower abdomen. Skin and fat is elevated with the controlled removal of fat and skin. The navel is removed and then reinserted after the removal of fat and excess skin. A mini tuck is also called a mini tuck, limited abdominoplasty, mini tuck abdominoplasty or modified tummy tuck.
A mini tummy tuck is often combined with other cosmetic procedures. During the same operation, liposuction, breast lift and an arm lift may also be performed. The muscles of the stomach can be tightened. This procedure is usually not as effective as a full tummy tuck.
The mini tummy tuck is a permanent procedure which can be negatively affected by weight gain or pregnancy. General anesthesia is normally used for the surgery, but occasionally local anesthesia is used. Usually the patient experiences mid discomfort after the surgery. A mild oral pain medication is taken to ease the pain. When first performed there is temporary swelling, discomfort and numbness. The patient cannot do strenuous activity for a month after the surgery and for one to two weeks its important to have limited activity. For additional support the patient must wear a compression garment for two to three weeks after surgery.
This procedure is rarely covered by insurance because it is a cosmetic surgery, not a necessity. The out-of-pocket expenses or mini tummy tuck costs are based on a national average from $1800 to $6,000. The surgery is an outpatient procedure, not inpatient. The patient can leave as soon as they recover from the anesthesia, so the stay in the hospital only last for the surgery.
A mini tummy tuck is perfect for muscles that have become flaccid and lack support.
Excess fat and tissue is removed and the abdominal walls are tightened giving the patient a much firmer and flatter stomach. The benefits of being able to look good in your clothes or without clothing, words cannot describe for the patient. A mini tummy tuck can restore a patient’s confidence and appearance, giving them a new lease on life