We all know about the tummy tuck and how it can benefit us, but do you know about its cousin? The mini tummy tuck is a surgical cosmetic procedure that is exactly what it sounds like. Let’s take a deeper dive into what you need to know about the mini tummy tuck before scheduling your consultation.
It’s an Alternative to a Traditional Tummy Tuck
The mini tummy tuck is a happy medium between non-surgical skin tightening procedures and a traditional tummy tuck. It’s a perfect alternative for patients who have some loose, excess skin around the midsection but don’t quite have enough to require a full tummy tuck. This procedure uses a smaller incision than a full tummy tuck, requires less downtime and recovery, and is more affordable than a full tummy tuck.
Mini Tummy Tucks Only Affect the Lower Tummy
Because a mini tummy tuck is a less extensive version of a full tummy tuck, it doesn’t affect the full extent of the tummy. While a full tummy tuck tightens the abdominal muscles from the ribs down to the pubic area, a mini tummy tuck only focuses on tightening the muscles below the belly button. The mini tummy tuck also doesn’t affect the skin above the belly button, meaning you won’t have to worry about any scars around the belly button following surgery.
You Can Still Have a Baby After Your Mini Tummy Tuck
Getting pregnant and having a baby after a mini tummy tuck is absolutely safe. Undergoing an abdominoplasty of any kind will not negatively impact your fertility or pregnancy experience. The only reason we recommend you wait to have your mini tummy tuck until you’re done having children is that excessive weight gain and pregnancy may end up disrupting the results of your mini tummy tuck.
A Mini Tummy Tuck Still Uses General Anesthesia
There is a common misconception that the mini tummy tuck doesn’t require the use of general anesthesia because it is a less-invasive procedure than a traditional full tummy tuck. While it is a less extensive procedure, a mini tummy tuck still does require the use of general anesthesia. This is because we are dealing with tightening the muscles underneath the skin, and not just the skin itself.
A Mini Tummy Tuck Can be Enhanced with Lipo
Just like a full tummy tuck, a mini tummy tuck has the opportunity to be enhanced with the addition of liposuction. Liposuction helps to remove the stubborn pockets of fat that lie in your treated area, giving you a more sculpted midsection. Adding liposuction to your mini tummy tuck may affect the overall price and recovery time, so it’s a good idea to ask Dr. Hueneke for his opinion on this addition during your one-on-one consultation.
Are you starting to think that a mini tummy tuck is right for you? Don’t hesitate to get your body contouring journey started. Contact us to schedule your one-on-one mini tummy tuck consultation with Dr. Huekene today.