A mini tummy tuck can be a great procedure for patients who just need a little help tightening and slimming their lower abdomen. As opposed to a full tummy tuck, a mini tummy tuck requires only one lateral incision — hip to hip below the bikini line. Loose skin is removed, excess fat is taken out via liposuction, and lax abdominal muscles are repaired.
The result is a flatter, more attractive lower midsection without the noticeable bulge that often occurs after pregnancy or weight loss or as a simple result of time and aging. In order to maximize your mini tummy tuck before and after results, it’s important that patients consider the following.
Tips for Maximizing Your Mini Tummy Tuck Before and After Results
#1 – Ensure this is the right procedure for you.
Mini tummy tucks are just one type of tummy tuck. There are also full tummy tucks, extended tummy tucks, and other variations. Your surgeon will help you select the procedure that’s appropriate for your unique anatomy and ultimate goals.
#2 – Strive to be at or near your goal weight before surgery.
This isn’t always a necessity, but generally speaking, it’s good if you are at or near your ideal weight prior to surgery. This ensures that post-surgery weight fluctuations won’t affect your results. It also helps your surgeon achieve the perfect contours for your body during surgery.
#3 – Prepare well for your recovery.
Patients who don’t allow themselves to fully recover before returning to work, exercise, and other activities risk compromising their results.
Most patients will need to take at least one week off from work or school. This timeframe often depends on your line of work. For out-of-town patients, you can discuss potential accommodations related concerns at your consultation appointment.
Finally, make sure you’re following all of your surgeon’s directions for wound care, correct sleeping position, compression garment use, etc.
#4 – Prepare for scars.
Mini tuck procedures will result in scars. The majority of procedures require just one small incision, placed laterally below your bikini line. This leaves the entire stomach area free from scars and produces excellent results.
Though your scar won’t be noticeable, it’s important to care for your incision and the formation of your scar properly. Self-massage, silicone treatments, and sometimes even laser treatments, can help reduce the appearance of your scar so that it’s hardly noticeable after one or two years.
What to Look for in Mini Tummy Tuck Before and After Pictures
As you search for a plastic surgeon to remove excess skin from your lower abdomen with a mini tummy tuck, remember that before and after pictures can tell you a lot. We will discuss how to examine these images and ensure that you’ve chosen the best plastic surgeon for your surgery — but first, let’s go over why before and after images are so important to look at.
What Is a Mini Tummy Tuck Before and After Image?
Nearly all top-level plastic surgeons have before and after images for the procedures they perform on their website. Some also have physical pamphlets available with additional side-by-sides and more photo angles.
These pictures serve as examples of their past work, and you can use them to judge whether or not a surgeon is the right choice for you. Remember that many plastic surgeons specialize in one area or another. Naturally, you want to select a surgeon with skilled experience in the plastic surgery procedure you are hoping to undergo.
What to Look for in Photos of Before and After Mini Tummy Tucks
Here’s what to specifically look for in the before and after images you examine:
- Patients who have a similar build to you. The best before and afters to examine are those that show a patient who is similar to your age and build. This essentially tells you if the surgeon could perform the same procedure for you.
- Reduced lower abdominal bulge. The “after” images should show overall flat abdomens without the “pouch” or “bulge” (which will be visible in the “before” images).
- A flatter stomach overall. Liposuction is often used alongside mini tummy tucks to reduce upper abdominal fat and “muffin top” fat.
- Noticeable scars. Mini tummy tucks should not result in noticeable scarring above the bikini line. Below this line, the lateral scar should be minimal. Over time, it should appear flat and faded
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The mini tummy tuck procedure can provide amazing results for weight loss patients, women who’ve gone through pregnancy and now have loose skin, and others who are unhappy with a stubborn bulge of skin and fat below their belly button.
To learn more about this plastic surgery procedure and find out if you’re a good mini tummy tuck candidate, contact our office today and schedule a consultation appointment with double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ashley Steinberg.