Minimally invasive abdominoplasty
Abdominoplasty is a procedure that targets both men and women with an excess of skin tissue that is saggy on the lower part of the abdomen. The procedure is most commonly known under the name of the tummy tuck and is often recommended for women who had one or multiple pregnancies that left them with loose abdominal muscles and saggy skin, people who lost a considerable amount of weight, or people affected by the aging process. While abdominoplasty is not a weight loss method or a cure for cellulite and stretch marks, the plastic surgeon can eliminate stretch marks or other scars.
When the tummy tuck is performed, the plastic surgeon will eliminate the excess skin and underlying fat tissue from the abdomen and also strengthen the loose abdominal muscles to make the tummy look firm and flat again.
The excess skin can be a result of pregnancies, radical weight fluctuations, and the natural aging process. Many patients ask whether the imperfections on the tummy can’t be corrected with a simple liposuction procedure. While it is normal to look for the most minimally invasive procedure that will deliver the aesthetic results you desire, abdominal liposuction is not an option for patients who have skin sagginess or poor skin tonus. However, liposuction is often performed with the tummy tuck to improve the results and correct other imperfections of the midline such as fat accumulations on the flanks.
When it comes to having a minimally invasive abdominoplasty, we are talking about the mini tummy tuck. The mini tummy tuck is a type of abdominoplasty performed for patients with minor sagginess and only present on the lower part of the abdominal area. The main differences between a complete tummy tuck and a mini tummy tuck are that the incision is smaller and there is no repositioning of the belly button, which means we have just one incision instead of two. The recovery period is also shorter when compared to the extended tummy tuck or other types of the tummy tuck.
The mini tummy tuck can deliver impressive results and improve the appearance of the patient considerably, especially when combined with liposuction to slim down the waist and contour the flanks. However, keep in mind that the recommendation for the mini tummy tuck can only be given by the plastic surgeon after the initial consultation.
The plastic surgeon will see you during the pre-operative consultation and perform a medical examination, aside from discussing your needs and expectations from the surgery. He will make sure to recommend the procedure that has minimal risks and delivers the best results for your particular case. Moreover, keep in mind that if your friend or relative was recommended a minimally invasive abdominoplasty, this doesn’t mean that the same procedure will work for you as well.