A Mini Tummy Tuck Can Help Tone and Flatten Your Abdomen

After weight loss, pregnancy, or aging, you may experience sagging skin in your midsection. A mini tummy tuck is a minimally invasive variation of abdominoplasty that can remove loose skin and stubborn fat from the lower abdominal area. An experienced surgeon within the Tijuana Bariatrics network can perform this surgery so that you can enjoy the results of your weight loss without any issues often associated with leftover skin. Medical tourism has made this procedure much more accessible for those seeking affordable treatment options. You can now undergo plastic surgery in Monterrey and Tijuana, Mexico with the confidence that you can receive highly safe and standardize care. 

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What is a Mini Tummy Tuck? 

A mini tummy tuck is a more conservative alternative to the traditional tummy tuck procedure. The major differences between the two surgeries is that a mini abdominoplasty requires a much smaller incision and addresses a much smaller treatment area during the procedure.

For a mini tummy tuck, the incision is made strategically above the pubic area for inconspicuous results that enable patients to hide any scarring with clothing or a swimsuit. This surgery targets the region below the belly button to tighten the stomach muscles and remove excess skin and fat. However, a mini tummy tuck can only be used to remove minimal amounts of tissue. Patients looking to achieve more dramatic results may be better suited to a more extensive procedure. 

Patients who have been unable to eliminate stubborn fat through their best dieting and exercise efforts can often benefit from undergoing a mini tummy tuck. Your doctor can help you decide whether a mini tummy tuck will help you achieve your goals or if a traditional tummy tuck or another plastic surgery procedure is the best fit for you. 

Your Surgery Explained

For your comfort, your tummy tuck will be performed under a local anesthetic and sedation or general anesthesia. The entire treatment is usually completed within two to three hours. The surgeon will begin by creating a minor incision that will vary in size depending on the amount of skin being removed. This incision is generally placed above the pubic area, giving your doctor access to the abdominal wall.

Through the incision, your surgeon can remove excess fat and tighten the underlying muscles. If additional sculpting is desired, liposuction may also be provided. After pulling the skin taught and removing any unnecessary tissue, your doctor will place sutures. In some cases, they may also place a drain near the incision site for a few days to prevent fluid retention. 

Tijuana Bariatrics can play an instrumental role in helping you plan your treatment with a reliable surgeon.

Planning for a Successful Recovery  

In the days and weeks immediately following your mini tummy tuck, you should: 

  • Wear your compression garment
  • Follow specific bathing and showering instructions from your doctor
  • Engage in short, slow walks to prevent blood clotting
  • Maintain a slightly flexed position at the waist

You may experience some discomfort, such as minor soreness, swelling, bruising, and temporary changes in sensation. However, most pain should be manageable through over-the-counter medications. Most patients can expect to return to work within in one to weeks and to resume strenuous activity in four to six weeks. It is of the utmost importance to heed the advice of your doctor during the healing period and to only engage in approved activity levels for a successful recovery. 

Planning Your Mini Tummy Tuck 

Deciding to undergo a mini tummy tuck is a significant decision to that can dramatically improve your self-confidence and appearance. Tijuana Bariatrics can play an instrumental role in helping you plan your treatment with a reliable surgeon. If you are ready to undergo a safe, effective plastic surgery procedure, contact a coordinator online or by phone at (800) 308-3607.