Your abdominal area can go through a lot during your lifetime, resulting in changes you may not enjoy seeing in the mirror. Pregnancy, weight gain, and significant weight loss can drastically change the appearance of your midsection and lower abdominal area. Loose or drooping skin and excess fat that does not go away with diet or exercise can impact your self-confidence and make it difficult to fit into the clothes you want to wear.

Thankfully, a mini tummy tuck in Spring Valley could be the solution you need to reshape your sagging lower abdominal area and tighten the skin to reveal a flatter, more visually pleasing shape. However, it might not be the ideal procedure for everyone who wants to eliminate a drooping midsection or excess abdominal skin. If a mini tummy tuck is right for you, Dr. Mason can perform this plastic surgery procedure with care to help you achieve your cosmetic goals.

What is a Mini Tummy Tuck?

A mini tummy tuck, also called a mini abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that tightens and flattens the skin underneath the belly button. It is similar to a standard abdominoplasty but requires a much smaller incision and features a shorter recovery time.

Dr. Mason will begin your mini tummy tuck by making an incision several inches long at your bikini line. She will then use that incision to access the lower abdomen, tighten the muscles, pull the skin taut, and trim any excess skin. A mini tummy tuck usually takes less than two hours, during which you will be under general anesthesia and carefully monitored in our Spring Valley facility.

Recovering from Mini Abdominoplasty

Because mini abdominoplasty is less involved than a full tummy tuck, it requires less recovery time. You might experience mild discomfort for about a week, which you can control with over-the-counter painkillers. You will need to rest and wear a compression garment for several weeks, but you should be able to resume exercise after about six weeks.

You might notice swelling around the surgical site for about a month, but you should see the full results of the procedure after about three months. If you maintain a healthy weight, those results should be permanent. It is important to note that you will have a scar from your mini tummy tuck, but our skilled Spring Valley team will work with you to help mitigate scarring.

Candidacy for Mini Tummy Tuck

A mini tummy tuck can be a valuable procedure if you are struggling with loose skin or excess fat beneath your belly button. You may be a good candidate for a mini abdominoplasty if you:

  • Are in good general health
  • Do not plan on getting pregnant
  • Have attained or are near achieving your ideal weight
  • Have excess skin, stubborn fat deposits, scarring, or stretch marks that you would like to eliminate only below the belly button

However, a full tummy tuck may be better if those issues extend to the area above your belly button. A full abdominoplasty requires a larger incision and longer recovery time, but it allows Dr. Mason to access the mid and upper sections of the abdomen to address areas of concern.

Speak With Dr. Mason About a Mini Tummy Tuck in Spring Valley

If you think a mini tummy tuck in Spring Valley is right for you, call us to book an appointment with our team. When you come to Perspectives Plastic Surgery, we will start your session by getting to know you, understanding areas of your body that concern you, and asking how you would like to change them. Our team will evaluate your medical history and discuss your treatment options.

When Dr. Mason confirms you are a suitable candidate for a mini tummy tuck, she will discuss the procedure with you, including costs, recovery requirements, and what results you might expect. Explore your options for a flatter, tighter tummy today by scheduling your initial consultation.

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