Mini tummy tuck (mini abdominoplasty)
A mini tummy tuck (mini abdominoplasty) is a similar operation to a full tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) but a smaller area is targeted. A mini tummy tuck is a more appropriate procedure for individuals who have a relatively normal body weight with excess skin only in the lower area of their abdomen.
Our specialist Consultant Plastic Surgeon can:
- Tighten and firm the skin of the lower abdomen
- Enhance the body contours of the tummy
- Help to improve self-confidence
How would a mini abdominoplasty benefit me?
Has the tone and shape of your lower tummy noticeably changed since you had your children? Do you eat healthily and exercise regularly but cannot rid yourself of excess skin or fat there? Perhaps you feel embarrassed changing in public or self-conscious when naked. A mini abdominoplasty could be the solution for you!
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Mini abdominoplasty Consultation
Mini Abdominoplasty Procedure
A mini abdominoplasty is performed under general anaesthetic and takes around one and a half hours.
A low incision is made from hip to hip, closely following the line of the pubic hair or any crease or overhang there. A second hip to hip incision is then made above this at the top of the overhang but below the tummy button. Unlike a full abdominoplasty there is no further incision around the tummy button (umbilicus). The wounds are then closed with dissolving stitches and dressings are applied.
Mini Abdominoplasty Recovery and Aftercare
After a mini abdominoplasty operation you can usually go home two or three days after surgery.
When you are first able to stand up your tummy will feel tight and you may be hunched over a little. This feeling will improve over the first weeks but it is very important not to over stretch as this could burst the stitches.
An appointment with a nurse will be made around ten days after surgery to check your dressings and wounds. It is important to keep your dressing dry to allow the wounds to heal.
Some swelling is normal and will settle over the first few months.
It is usually possible to return to work after the first week or two although if your work involves heavy activity it is advised to avoid this and any sport for six weeks. It is advisable to wear high waisted, supportive pants also for six weeks.
Follow up appointments will be scheduled to check on your progress.
Risks associated with Mini Abdominoplasty
Although the risks are unlikely, it is very important to weigh these up against the benefits of the surgery. A consultation with your surgeon will help you to choose the right procedure and discuss any possible complications.
For further information on the procedure please visit the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) website here.