Am I An Ideal Candidate For A Mini Tummy Tuck?
Mini tummy tuck is only recommended for patients within their ideal weight range and who have stubborn fat around the lower abdomen.
During your consultation for a mini tummy tuck, our surgeons at Astra Plastic Surgery will examine the location of the extra fat on your abdomen and the sides of your waist to determine if you are a candidate. We will describe how a mini-tummy tuck can improve your midsection and the surgical steps taken during your procedure.
What Can I Expect During Mini Tummy Tuck Surgery In Atlanta?
General anesthesia is used for most mini tummy tucks, but local anesthesia may be used for your mini tummy tuck. You should expect the surgery to last approximately ninety minutes. Our Atlanta plastic surgeon will make a small incision, about 4 to 8 inches long, just below your navel, remove any fat from the area, and then pull the skin tight. Sutures are used to close the incision, and your abdomen is wrapped in a compression bandage to hold the soft tissues in place. Some results may be noticed immediately; however the full results can be seen once fully healed.
What Can I Expect After Mini Tummy Tuck Surgery?
After your mini tummy tuck, you will experience mild discomfort, swelling, and tenderness in your lower abdominal area. The severity of these symptoms is different for each patient. It is important to remember that all mini tummy tuck patients heal at different rates depending on a variety of factors. Before sending you home, our plastic surgeon will give you thorough post-surgery instructions in order to maximize your results and minimize the recovery period.
While not as invasive as a traditional tummy tuck, it will take your body time to heal—usually at least 6 weeks. However, most people return to work after two weeks after mini tummy tuck. It’s important not to overdo it and if your job is strenuous or involves heavy lifting, speak with your doctor to see when you can reasonably expect to return to work.
Constipation is common after a mini-tummy tuck. You will need to rest for the first two weeks, after which you can resume some light activities. The healing process will take time, so you should be patient with your body and get plenty of rest.