When you look down at your lower abdominal area, do you notice stretched, sagging skin and stubborn fat? The culprits of these unwanted effects often include childbirth, weight loss, and genetics. This trifecta can leave behind aesthetically unappealing results that make you feel uncomfortable in your skin rather than confident. If you are in good shape but still struggle with a small "pooch" on your lower midsection, a mini tummy tuck could be your solution. This cosmetic surgery procedure helps those who do not need the larger amount of change typically associated with a traditional tummy tuck but still has some cosmetic needs to address.
Board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Erick Sanchez offers the mini tummy tuck procedure to men and women in Baton Rouge, LA who don’t need to remove as much excess skin and fat as with a traditional tummy tuck. He has the expertise and surgical experience to help patients seeking to remove that bothersome excess bulge that hangs in the lower stomach area, while improving contours with the less invasive mini tummy tuck approach. Read below for more information about how this mini, but mighty tummy tuck procedure can help you achieve that toned and tightened lower midsection you desire.
The benefits of a mini tummy tuck
A mini tummy tuck is a great option for patients with a smaller amount of loose skin around their middle to be removed. It gets rid of loose skin from below the belly button instead of the whole stomach, allowing the original belly button to stay intact. A mini tummy tuck requires a smaller incision as less tissue is removed. Liposuction removes excess fat, and the remaining skin is pulled tightly.
Candidates for this modified version of the traditional tummy tuck enjoy a shorter procedural time and a faster recovery than a traditional tummy tuck. The results feature a smoother more toned abdominal wall that looks fantastic in swimsuits and fitted clothing. This procedure is ideal for patients in the Baton Rouge area who are in good physical condition but despite a careful diet and exercise regime, need just a little bit of extra help.
The mini tummy tuck procedure
Generally performed using a milder form of sedation, a small incision is made just at or above the pubic region. Through the incision, Dr. Sanchez tightens the muscles and removes excess lower abdominal skin. It is not uncommon for patients to receive liposuction simultaneously to remove small amounts of fatty tissue, further contouring the region. Women who have a c-section scar from childbirth appreciate the added benefit of its removal along with any stretch mark scars in the same area.
Unlike a traditional tummy tuck where a new belly button is essentially made, the mini tummy tuck does not touch the belly button since only the lower abdomen is addressed. Patients are able to return to their regular daily routine faster since there is less downtime.
Candidates for a mini tummy tuck
Those considering the mini tummy tuck surgery should be close to or at their goal weight. Men and women in Baton Rouge who are in good general health, but despite millions of sit-ups, cannot obtain flatter or smoother skin in the stomach area find success with a mini tummy tuck. For women considering this procedure, they should be done with their childbearing years as extra weight gain and stretching of the skin can damage the effects.
Good candidates for a mini tummy tuck are men or women who have:
Excess or sagging skin of the lower abdomen
Protruding lower abdominal contours
Stable current weight, with excessive skin due to massive weight loss
Weakened and separated lower abdominal muscle
Excess fatty tissue located primarily in the lower abdomen
Maintaining your results
Your mini tummy tuck was surgically performed to last. Your abdominal muscles are tighter, and that excess skin that once hung low will not return. However, that does not mean your results can never be negatively affected. Future pregnancies and weight gain can wreak havoc, causing muscles to stretch and skin to once again become lax. It is always advisable to wait on any type of tummy tuck surgery if you are planning on having more children or have yet to reach your weight loss goals. When performed by a qualified, board-certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Sanchez, a tummy tuck can be a life-changing procedure, helping you enjoy a slimmer, more youthful body for a long time.
Who is the right plastic surgeon for this procedure?
Do not be fooled by its name -- a mini tummy tuck is not a small procedure. It involves skill and an experienced hand. As with any cosmetic surgery, finding the right, board-certified plastic surgeon that you can relate to is critical. This surgery often also includes liposuction, so you want a plastic surgeon with extensive experience in this procedure that can give you the best results. Do your research by asking friends, co-workers, and acquaintances for referrals. Schedule consultations with multiple doctors that you might consider to perform the procedure and do not be afraid to ask questions. Also, be sure you ask to look at other patients before and after photos. Your results depend on the expertise of a qualified plastic surgeon, no matter how small or big the surgery. You want to feel confident that he or she can safely give you the results you desire.
A mini tummy tuck is an excellent option for already healthy, fit individuals that need a little extra help in their lower abdominal area. Women and men can enjoy a firmer, more-toned stomach without having the larger incisions and recovery time typically associated with a traditional tummy tuck. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Erick Sanchez is a recognized and highly recommended plastic surgeon in Baton Rouge, LA who is ready to assist you in achieving your desired look and aesthetic goals. Give our office a call to schedule your mini tummy tuck consultation with Dr. Sanchez today.