Mini Tummy Tuck
Mini Tummy Tuck
Mini tummy tuck is a variation of a tummy tuck-abdominoplasty that Dr Lanzer performs. Many people like the sound of mini, such as mini face lift or mini tummy tuck, since it does imply that the procedure is less invasive with less risks and quicker recovery. This is only a half-truth, since it still is a surgical procedure that should be considered carefully by the patient.
Do I Need a Full or a Mini Tummy Tuck?
A cosmetic surgery is the only one who can determine if a full or mini tummy tuck is most beneficial to you. The most suitable procedure usually depends on several denominators; this includes any excess skin present, but also the amount of excess fat that must be removed during the procedure.
The decision between mini-abdominoplasty
Dr Lanzer does perform a type of mini tummy tuck which is called a mini lipo-tuck. The advantage of combining the liposuction with the tummy tuck is that liposuction performed with the tumescent fluid might reduce the chances of swelling, infection, and bleeding. Dr Lanzer finds that there are significantly less issues with bleeding, and in fact in the 22 years that he has been performing liposuction with the tumescent fluid, he has not had a single case of bleeding that has required fluid or blood transfusions.
Dr Lanzer has found that sometimes patients who really could do with a full abdominoplasty choose a mini tuck just for the quicker recovery. Even though they may not get the absolute best result that they could get with the full tuck, they are happier with a shorter and smaller operation.
Please note that a tummy tuck is never a solution for weight loss. It is a body contouring procedure that gives the patient a flatter abdomen and takes care of excess skin. So, patients must maintain a healthy diet and good exercise routine after this surgery.
We also need to mention that a tummy tuck is not suitable for the removal of stretch marks. For stretch mark removal, there are additional dermatological treatments that can be obtained.
What Is the Mini Tummy Tuck?
The mini tummy tuck means that Dr Lanzer will only be working on the area below the belly button. The belly button will remain in place and there will be no surgical treatment of the muscle above the belly button.
Dr Lanzer will first perform a liposuction of the stomach. The liposuction may include the area above the belly button to flatten the entire stomach area. Once the liposuction has been performed, Dr Lanzer will excise and cut out the loose skin that is situated from the belly button down to the bikini line or underpants line. In some cases, there may be stretching, weakness, or opening of the underlying rectus muscle; this muscle surrounds the bowels and gives support to the stomach. With aging, weight gain, pregnancy, and surgical procedures, this muscle can sometimes be damaged and stretched so that there is a gap between the muscles. The way to feel this is to lie on one’s back and lift one’s head. You will be able to place your fingers between a small depression, a valley, that can form.
To give the stomach its best and flattest appearance, Dr Lanzer may suture together that muscle layer with a very strong suture. The suture also encourages the normal fibrosis and healing of the body; this to provide a long-lasting result. Sometimes, the sutures are also required around the actual belly button due to herniation of tissue. Once the muscle has been tightened and all the loose skin and fat has been removed, Dr Lanzer will then close the skin down by pulling the skin down to the bikini line. The skin is closed in layers with sutures in the deep fascia, the underlying dermis, and finally the overlying skin. The reason for the multiple layer closure is to produce the tightest scar, so that the risk of opening and stretching of the scar is lowered significantly.
Discover Tummy Tuck Liposuction Advantages!
An increasingly large amount of patients now opt for Tummy Tuck Liposuction procedures. The other advantage of using this method is that often less skin needs to be lifted and on the upper stomach this means less risk to the blood supply of the skin. If your looking to remove fat from the face, get a free consultation at Melbourne Tummy Tuck Liposuction clinic with Dr Lanzer.
How Long Does a Mini Tummy Tuck Take?
The duration of a procedure always varies from patient to patient, since every patient is unique. Since patients can experience a variable duration for their procedure, the Dr Lanzer Clinic is uncomfortable posting exact time estimates. However, Dr Lanzer will explain the procedure in more detail when you visit the clinic for your appointment.
Overall, the duration of the procedure depends on how much sagging skin and excess fat needs to be removed. During your initial consultation, you should have a better idea of the scope of your procedure and its overall duration.
What Is the Recovery Time After a Mini Tummy Tuck?
Most patients can resume their normal activities shortly after the procedure, but a mini tummy tuck is a surgical treatment that does require recovery time. To ensure your body heals properly, the Dr Lanzer Clinic recommends following the guidelines provided by our clinic closely, but also recommends taking sufficient time off work as to not rush the patient’s recovery.
During your recovery, you will be wearing a compression garment, provided by your clinic. A compression garment reduces some of the bruising and swelling you can encounter during your recovery. It also helps your waistline and abdomen conform to its new shape.
How Much Is a Mini Tummy Tuck?
Like all cosmetic procedures, the exact cost of a mini tuck can only be determined after a consultation with a cosmetic surgery. Before an estimate can be provided, the surgeon must consider the complexity of the procedure, the amount of fat to be removed, as well as other factors that may influence the price of your procedure.
At the Dr Lanzer Clinic, patients can use a free, no-obligation appointment. During this appointment, they can learn more about the procedure, but also receive a cost-estimate for their treatment. You can also ask about possible medicare rebate or private health insurance coverage. After the appointment, patients can determine if the mini tummy tuck is the right treatment for them or not.
Is a Mini Tummy Tuck Done with Local or General Anaesthetic?
Dr Lanzer can perform a mini tummy tuck under local anaesthetic or a general anaesthetic. These are things that Dr Lanzer will discuss with you during a free cosmetic consultation in his Day Surgery Centres.
Why Do Many Patients Choose Dr Lanzer for Tummy Tuck Surgery?
Patients have little trouble getting in touch with Dr Lanzer for advice. He can even discuss the operation with you over the telephone or via the internet. Many patients fly from interstate to have surgery with Dr Lanzer; this is based on his long-standing experience, his reputation for being a very caring and precise doctor, and his reputation for always trying to select surgical procedures that are less invasive with fewer risks. For this reason, Dr Lanzer approves and recognises the benefits of a mini tummy tuck and would be happy to discuss the mini tuck costs with you at any time. You may find looking at the photographs on this website of benefit or watching one of the informative videos such as those that were produced for the Healthy Me TV internet station.
Dr Lanzer and his associates always stress that it is important to have realistic expectations about a procedure, even a minimally invasive procedure. For that reason, patients can find before and after photographs on the website, as well as additional information on the procedure itself.
For more information about Liposuction, click here. Additional information about other procedures in Australia such as breast augmentation, breast reduction, breast surgery or even tummy tuck cost can also be found on the website.
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Frequently Asked Questions For Mini Tummy Tuck
What is a mini tummy tuck?
A mini tummy tuck is the removal of excess skin and fat from the lower stomach. The umbilicus is not touched and the cut is smaller than with a full tuck.
What does a mini tummy tuck look like before and after?
The before and after photos can be viewed on our website. After the mini tummy tuck the stomach is generally flatter and there is no hanging excess skin.
How long does it take to recover from a mini tummy tuck?
Stitches are removed after 1 week. Usually one week is needed off work and 2-3 weeks with no strenuous exercise.