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Understanding a Mini Tummy Tuck

What do you do with that lower tummy pouch? Think about a mini tummy tuck. A mini tummy tuck is also known as a mini-abdominoplasty.  A mini tummy tuck is designed to remove or reduce loose skin and stretch marks in the lower abdomen.  It includes half the scar (about the same as a typical c-section) that a full tummy tuck does, and does not include relocating the belly button.  It is also possible to tighten up the lower abdominal muscles during this procedure, which is a common problem for patients who have had pregnancies that effected their abdominal musculature and skin.  This is one of the possible components of the “mommy makeover”.  The results of a mini tummy tuck are not as dramatic as that of a full tummy tuck.

Candidates for a mini tummy tuck are many fewer than that of a full tummy tuck, because they must have isolated lower abdominal skin issues for it to make sense. To perform a full abdominoplasty or “tummy tuck” requires an incision from hip to hip, low on the abdomen.  It requires an easy to hide incision around the belly button, which relocates it lower on your abdomen.

Patients, for whom a mini tummy tuck is suitable, often make this an important part of a mommy makeover to repair the effects of pregnancy on their bodies.  It is attractive for the reduced scar size, and can be combined with liposuction and/or breast augmentation.  Other less invasive procedures can also be used to reduce the effects of pregnancies.

The best way to make an informed decision as to whether or not to get a mini tummy tuck or a full tummy tuck is to find a board certified plastic surgeon who has done many tummy tucks and mini tummy tucks and make an appointment to discuss the processes, and the pros and cons.  A good plastic surgeon can pull on her long experience at performing a procedure to help a patient understand what the final result will be, and if the procedure is likely to be worth the results. 

Dr. Emily Pollard

Dr. Emily Pollard is a board certified plastic surgeon practicing in the Philadelphia area. She has been in practice over 20 years and enjoys helping women and men rejuvenate their face and body. Visit www.epollardmd.com to learn more about plastic surgery options.

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