A mini tummy tuck, or partial abdominoplasty, is most beneficial for patients that are within 10% to 15% of their ideal body weight.
What Is a Mini Tummy Tuck?
A mini tummy tuck is much less invasive than full abdominoplasty and can be done on an outpatient basis. Where a full tummy tuck involves an incision around the navel and across the lower abdomen, a mini tummy tuck should leave the navel intact.
In some cases a mini tummy tuck is sometimes performed along with liposuction. During this procedure the fat is usually removed from below the navel, tightening muscles from the navel to the pubis.
If a person's abdominal muscles require more extensive tightening and the body weight is more than 20% above the ideal weight, your plastic surgeon may suggest a full abdominoplasty. In more drastic instances a full tummy tuck along with liposuction is the best way to get the ideal results.
Mini tummy tucks are most useful in a situation were the muscle elasticity is lost in the part of lower abdomen. The partial abdominoplasty focuses on the area below the belly button which is the most frequent place where elasticity is lost.
Mini tummy tucks are especially effective in correcting problems resulting from pregnancy or when a person has lost weight and can't get back into shape through regular methods.
Mini Tummy Tuck Cost
The national average surgeon/physician fees in 2011 was according to ASAPS (American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery); $5,278 & according to ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons); $5,279. This does not include costs for surgical facility, anesthesia, medical tests, prescriptions, surgical garments or other miscellaneous fees. An estimate of the total national average cost for a Tummy Tuck in 2011 is around $6,700. Estimated national average cost of a Mini Tummy Tuck should be approximately $1,000 less and hence end up around $5,700.
Candidates for a Mini Tummy Tuck
Similar to a full abdominoplasty, a mini tummy tuck addresses muscle flexibility as well as excess skin and fat in the stomach area. The best candidates for a mini tummy tuck will have problems that are not severe enough for a typical abdominoplasty but are advanced enough in their state that liposuction is not enough to correct the protruding belly.
Mini Tummy Tuck Before, After & Recovery
In a mini tummy tuck procedure a small incision is made just above the pubis - this allows for muscle repair and the tightening of extra skin. In some cases the bellybutton is detached from the underlying tissue, then relocated and reattached. This causes most mini tummy tuck patients to have slightly lower bellybuttons.
The mini tummy tuck provides a good alternative to full abdominoplasty and liposuction alone. The recovery time is also much quicker as the mini tummy tuck addresses a singled out area and involves a single and much smaller incision.
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