A mini tummy tuck, as the name suggests, is a less invasive and extensive operation than a full tummy tuck to tighten the skin in the lower abdomen. While a full abdominoplasty procedure involves making incisions across the lower abdomen and around the navel, partial abdominoplasty incisions tend to be much smaller and the navel is left intact. A full tummy tuck is a much riskier procedure than a mini tummy tuck with a longer recovery time. However, the results of a partial procedure will be less dramatic than a full procedure.
A mini-tummy tuck is mainly a skin tightening procedure. It can be performed under either local or general anaesthetic. The surgeon makes a small incision above the pubic bone to remove excess fat and skin. He may use liposuction to help shape the area. The abdominal muscles can be tightened and then loose skin is stretched down over the incision, with the excess cut away. The procedure takes between one and two hours. Mini tummy tucks are generally recommended for patients that are within 10 percent above their ideal body weight. A surgeon may also recommend a partial procedure if your main concern is with excess skin below the navel. If you have bulging above the navel, extreme loose skin, and stretch marks, a full tummy tuck will most likely be the better procedure.
Recovery from a partial abdominoplasty is relatively short. Typically, it takes a patient 7-14 days to fully recover. Patients usually become normally active and return to work within two weeks after the operation. Surgeons tend to recommend avoiding strenuous exercise for 30 days after surgery. A garment will be worn for two-three weeks approximately.
Because of advance medical technology, having a mini tummy tuck procedure is relatively safe with very little side effects or complications. Immediately after surgery, you may experience mild discomfort or pain which is easily controlled with prescription oral medication.
Some possible complications include:
• Infection of the scar
• Skin necrosis (death), due to poor circulation in the abdominal skin
• Hematoma, excessive bleeding under the skin after surgery
• Seroma, fluid collection under the skin. This is prevented by placing a drain under the skin during surgery
• Scar tissue
These complications are very rare for a healthy patient. You may have an increased risk for complications if you smoke, are diabetic, have poor circulation, have a family history of blood clots, take certain medications, or have heart, lung or liver disease. Complications may be further prevented by being honest with your doctor about your medical history before undergoing surgery