For patients bothered by stretched or sagging skin and fat in the lower abdomen, a mini tummy tuck offers an alternative to standard abdominoplasty. A mini tummy tuck targets the area between the navel and the pubic bone, removing excess skin and fat to tighten and smooth the abdomen. At ReNova Plastic Surgery in Pittsburgh, PA, Dr. Julio Clavijo-Alvarez performs mini tummy tucks to help patients achieve a firmer, more toned silhouette. Since this procedure is less extensive than a standard tummy tuck, recovery time is shorter and you can return to your normal routine more quickly.
A mini tummy tuck requires a much smaller incision than a full tummy tuck.
What Makes a Mini Tummy Tuck Unique
Mini tummy tucks are a variation on standard abdominoplasty. By using a shorter incision, Dr. Clavijo-Alvarez can target the area below the belly button. Unlike a standard tummy tuck, the belly button is not moved during a mini abdominoplasty. However, the goal of both procedures is to create a firmer, flatter stomach.
Explore Your Candidacy
The ideal candidate for a mini tummy tuck is someone who:
- Is in good overall health
- Has localized excess fat and skin in the lower abdomen
- Is near their ideal weight
- Has not achieved their goals with diet and exercise
If you are considering becoming pregnant or have difficulties maintaining your weight, you may want to wait before undergoing a body contouring procedure. Fluctuations in your weight can affect the outcome of your tummy tuck. You can discuss your candidacy for a mini tummy tuck with Dr. Clavijo-Alvarez during an initial consultation at our office. Depending on your specific needs, he may recommend an alternative such as a standalone liposuction procedure or a standard or extended abdominoplasty.
What to Expect
Tummy tucks are typically performed under general anesthesia, meaning you will be unconscious during your treatment. Dr. Clavijo-Alvarez will first make an incision at or just above the pubic region. Then he will remove excess skin and tighten underlying muscles. For some patients, he may perform liposuction at the same time to remove fat deposits for more dramatic results. Once complete, he will close the incision with sutures.
Since this procedure is less extensive than a standard tummy tuck, recovery time is shorter and you can return to your normal routine more quickly.
You should expect some soreness, bruising, and swelling, which may last several weeks. Wearing a compression garment and placing ice packs on the area can help minimize these symptoms.
In general, most patients are able to return to work within one to two weeks. You should avoid strenuous activity for at least four to six weeks after surgery. Dr. Clavijo-Alvarez can give you more specific instructions based on the exact nature of your procedure to help ease your recovery.
Achieve a Firm, Flat Abdomen
For patients who are self-conscious about their lower abdomen, Dr. Clavijo-Alvarez can offer safe, effective mini tummy tuck surgery. To find out more about the different body contouring options we offer at ReNova Plastic Surgery, call our office at (412) 638-2391 or contact us online today.