A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure that improves abdominal contour by removing excess skin and fat while also tightening the abdominal muscles. A mini tummy tuck, or mini abdominoplasty, is an abdominoplasty with a shorter incision that is best suited for those with minimal excess skin.
Jon Kurkjian, MD is a Fort Worth plastic surgeon with aesthetic fellowship training specifically focused on procedures like the mini tummy tuck.
Benefits of a Mini Tummy Tuck
Mini tummy tuck surgery helps to:
- Decrease the amount of excess skin in the lower abdomen
- Limit the length of the abdominal scar
- Avoid an incision around the belly button
If you have poor muscle tone and a mild excess of skin and fat, a mini tummy tuck can help provide you with a firmer, flatter and more youthful-looking abdominal contour.
Mini Tummy Tuck – Are You the Right Candidate?
Mini abdominoplasty can improve abdominal tone and contour if you have mild to moderate fat excess with loose skin below the belly button and above the pubic area. A mini tummy tuck can also help resolve stretch marks limited to the lower abdomen. At the initial consultation, Dr. Kurkjian carefully evaluates each patient’s anatomy and cosmetic goals in order to formulate a customized plan for each patient.
A tummy tuck is not a substitute for weight reduction. Though the results of this procedure are relatively permanent, they can diminish with weight fluctuations.
How is the Procedure Performed?
Using a shorter incision, the excess skin and fat between the belly button and the pubic bone are excised. The abdominal muscles can also be tightened through this limited incision. Dr. Kurkjian often includes the use of various liposuction techniques in combination with a mini tummy tuck in order to maximize the abdominal contour.
What to expect from the Recovery?
Depending on the extent of the procedure, most patients can return to work within 1-2 weeks. The recommendation is to begin light exercise at 3 weeks after surgery. A compression garment is worn after the procedure in order to minimize swelling and to help prevent any fluid collections. From the initial consultation through the final recovery, Dr. Kurkjian and his team are committed to your safety and comfort.
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