Mini Tummy Tuck
Tummy tucks are a great option for people who need to re-shape their entire abdomen. For many women, however, a full tummy tuck (or abdominoplasty) may not be necessary. If your main concern is a bulge below the navel with a minimal amount of loose skin, you may be a good candidate for what we call a "partial abdominoplasty" or a mini tummy tuck. People from Walnut Creek and other nearby areas appreciate this tummy tuck variation for its reduced recovery time.
Dr. Eric Mariotti treats his patients the way that he would like to be treated, which means that he tries to perform the least invasive procedure possible while still achieving optimal results. To talk with him about the mini tummy tuck in his practice near Walnut Creek, simply request a consultation online or call his office at (925) 685-4533.
Understanding the Mini Tummy Tuck
You may not be sure whether you need a full tummy tuck or a mini tummy tuck. Dr. Mariotti typically looks for one or more of the following characteristics when evaluating a patient for a mini tummy tuck:
- You have a relatively flat abdomen with a small amount of loose skin below your navel.
- You are bothered by the presence of a C-section scar or stretch marks below your navel.
- Excess fat and sagging skin have collected primarily on your lower abdomen.
The main difference between a full tummy tuck and a mini tummy tuck is that a full tummy tuck treats the entire abdomen, while a mini tummy tuck is more narrowly focused on the lower abdomen only — an area that's often prone to fat deposits and the development of loose skin. While many more women are candidates for a full tummy tuck, a mini tummy tuck can be a great choice for some women.
A mini tummy tuck is a less complex procedure and will cost about 30 to 40% less than a full tuck. Also, because it is less invasive, a mini tuck requires a much shorter recovery time so you won't be kept away from your regular activities for nearly as long as you would with a full tummy tuck. More information about tummy tuck surgery is available on the Tummy Tuck FAQ page.
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A mini tummy tuck usually takes about 1 hour to complete. Dr. Mariotti makes a small incision just above the pubic mound. Any scar will be well hidden below your bikini or underwear line. The excess skin is removed and the remaining skin is stitched back together again, forming a tighter, firmer tummy. The navel remains in its original place. More information about tummy tuck surgery is available on the Tummy Tuck FAQ page.
If his patients also have excess fat on their abdomens, Dr. Mariotti may combine their mini tummy tuck with liposuction. The combined effect of both procedures produces noticeably slimmer and smoother stomachs.
Showing Off Your New Look
Because the mini tummy tuck is a smaller undertaking than a standard abdominoplasty, an overnight stay at the surgery center is usually not necessary. Typically, most mini tummy tuck patients can comfortably return to work just 1 to 2 weeks following a mini tummy tuck.
This reduced recuperation period is one of the elements of mini tummy tuck that appeals most to patients, enabling them to return to their jobs, hobbies, and daily obligations sooner and with less discomfort. However, it's still important to give your body the rest it needs while it heals. During your consultation, Dr. Mariotti gives you a more specific idea of when you can return to your favorite activities based on the details of your surgery and your own circumstances.
With loose skin and sagginess eliminated, you will see a smoother, flatter abdomen. Many of Dr. Mariotti's patients look and feel younger after their mini tummy tucks and are comfortable wearing more revealing clothing.