Sometimes a full tummy tuck isn’t necessary, especially in those cases where the loose and flabby skin is only located in the area beneath the belly button.
Rather than a full tummy tuck that requires work throughout the entire abdomen and involves the temporary separation of the belly button from the surrounding skin, a mini-tummy tuck only takes place beneath the belly button using an incision similar to that used in a cesarean section.
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In the early days of tummy tucks, it was considered necessary to remove the belly button during the procedure, leaving patients with a Barbie-Doll like appearance.
Just after the turn of the 20th century, a solution was discovered by plastic surgeons in France that helped retain the belly button and made the tummy tuck one of the world’s most popular procedures.
The mini tummy tuck was developed to address the concerns of patients whose target area lay strictly below the belly button.
Like most medical procedures there are certain risks associated with the performance of a mini-tummy tuck. These complications are largely reduced when the procedure is performed by a skilled and experienced cosmetic surgeon like Dr. Amber L. Allen. In cases where complications occur, they typically include blood clots, infection, scarring, bleeding, and infection of the target site.
An incision is made in the same location as a cesarean section is typically performed to give Dr. Allen access to the muscles and tissues throughout that area. Excess skin is removed, the muscles tightened with sutures, and the area closed up again at the end of a procedure. The procedure is very safe and routine, and no major complications are typically expected as a result of having a tummy tuck.
Following the procedure, you can expect to experience soreness and redness in the affected area. Regardless of the type of tummy tuck you have, you can expect to experience a recovery that takes a couple of weeks and requires little work and lots of relaxation. Be sure you have someone to drive you home after the procedure and have already collected your medications from the pharmacy before it begins. You will need assistance with small chores for the days following the surgery and should ensure that you have your preferred entertainment positioned near the bed, so you don’t have to get up often. The time following your procedure should be spent in relaxation to ensure that you heal properly and get the best aesthetic results.
The answer to this question is both yes and no. While the procedure will correct certain conditions, the results can be undermined by not sticking to a healthy lifestyle and maintain your new appearance. Significant weight-loss following the procedure can have a significant impact on your results. Tummy Tucks are a way to start over and erase the trials of life from your abdomen; it’s up to you to maintain the results.