Mini Tummy Tuck
The Best Way to Refine Your Lower Abs
Many women want to achieve a great figure and work hard for it — they exercise regularly and maintain a healthy diet. But when their body changes permanently due to pregnancy, it can be difficult to bounce back to their ideal figure.
Sure, you might be able to sculpt your waist and thighs through vigorous cardio and strength training. But the skin laxity on your lower abdominal area could be harder to get rid of and might even be irreversible.
But that doesn’t mean you’re out of options.
A Newport Beach mini tummy tuck or partial abdominoplasty from one of SoCal’s top plastic surgeons like Dr. Siamak Agha can help you smooth out your lower abdominal area and give you the last boost you need to reclaim your dream body — even if you’ve already had a baby.
In this article, find out how you can fine-tune your figure with a mini tummy tuck.
Mini Tummy Tuck vs. Full Tummy Tuck:
What’s the Difference?
These days, many women are taking careful measures during pregnancy to avoid gaining excessive weight and even working out hard afterward.
That is why many moms find themselves having only minor skin looseness above their pubic area and mild sagging of their mons pubis. Some of them might only develop mild to moderate abdominal muscle laxity.
In these patients, a full tummy tuck isn’t possible since they don’t have a significant enough skin excess. A full tummy tuck removes close to half of the abdominal skin — way too much for those who only have 2-3 inches of lower abdominal skin excess.
Instead, a short lower abdominal incision would suffice in removing the excess skin of the lower abdomen — exactly what happens in a mini tummy tuck.
What is the Standard Mini Tummy Tuck?
The standard mini tummy tuck involves getting rid of excess sagging skin in the lower abs. This procedure is typically performed for those who do not need abdominal muscle repair.
In this procedure, your plastic surgeon makes a short incision above your pubic bone, much shorter than the incision used in a traditional abdominoplasty.
Through the incision, your surgeon elevates the lower abdominal tissue off of the abdominal muscles. He then pulls down the lower abdominal skin and removes the excess. Finally, he closes the incision using a layered technique.
The standard mini tummy tuck usually takes 1½ to two hours to complete, unless other procedures are performed, too.
What are the Benefits of a Mini Tummy Tuck?
Compared with a full tummy tuck, a mini tummy tuck will let you enjoy the following benefits:
Because the mini tummy tuck focuses on fixing the skin below your belly button, you won’t need incisions as large as more extensive forms of abdominoplasty.
This makes the scar easier to conceal, giving you more freedom to wear what you want.
The mini tummy tuck is not as complex of a procedure as a full tummy tuck and can be completed in 1-3 hours, depending on the type that is needed.
The recovery time for a full tummy tuck is two to three weeks. But with a mini tummy tuck, you may be able to go back to work in just a week.
You’ll also experience less discomfort compared to a full-blown tummy tuck, hastening your healing process.
Do You Need a Mini Tummy Tuck?
Dr. Agha recommends the mini tummy tuck to women who were able to maintain their weight during pregnancy and don’t suffer from severe skin sagging and abdominal muscle separation.
If you’re not yet sure if you’ll benefit from a mini tummy tuck, try answering these questions:
- Does the skin on your lower abdomen look or feel looser than on your upper abdomen?
- Do you feel self-conscious about clothes that show off your lower abdominal area?
- Are you close to your ideal figure minus the loose skin on your lower abs?
- Are you close to your ideal weight?
Answered YES to any of these questions? Then, you may be a good candidate for a mini tummy tuck.
What are the Different Mini Tummy Tuck Types That Dr. Agha Offers?
Most plastic surgeons just perform the standard mini tummy tuck.
However, Dr. Agha offers modified versions of the standard mini tummy tuck to address the specific needs of his patients. These include:
Low-Cut Mini Tummy Tuck with Monsplasty
With Dr. Agha’s many years of experience in body contouring surgery, he already knows what every woman wants and needs. And virtually everyone who needs a mini tummy tuck also needs a pubic lift to some degree.
Thus, Dr. Agha modified his approach to the standard mini tummy tuck years ago to meet these requests. He now performs a low-cut mini tummy tuck, with an incision placed in the pubic area like a C-section incision.
Through this incision, Dr. Agha removes not only the excess skin of the lower abdomen but also of the mons. He then lifts the mons while closing the lower abdominal incision.
His incision is low enough so that it won’t be visible even when wearing underwear or a bikini. After all, everyone wants their incisions to be low and well-hidden.
Low-Cut Mini Tummy Tuck with Muscle Repair
If you are fortunate enough to only have lower abdominal skin excess but want or need abdominal muscle tightening, then Dr. Agha’s low-cut mini tummy tuck with muscle repair is a revolutionary procedure that meets both objectives.
The muscles of your abdominal wall are connected to one another at the midline by a tissue called fascia. When stretched for a long period of time like during pregnancy, your fascia doesn’t return to its original state, causing your abdominal muscles to remain separated and your abdominal wall to become loose.
A mini tummy tuck with muscle repair is the same as Dr. Agha’s low-cut mini tummy tuck, but it also involves stitching together your abdominal muscles to restore their tightness.
This procedure produces the benefits of a full tummy tuck through a shorter incision.
Low-Cut Mini Tummy Tuck with Abdominal Etching and Liposculpture
Combined with the low-cut mini tummy tuck, abdominal etching and liposculpture will further define your abs by accentuating abdominal contour and removing fat from your abs, respectively.
To do liposculpture and abdominal etching, Dr. Agha uses the incision of the mini tummy tuck to sculpt, shape, and define your abdominal contour.
How Does Dr. Agha Do a Mini Tummy Tuck?
There may be different variations of the mini tummy tuck, but they all follow generally the same procedures.
Here’s how Dr. Agha does a mini tummy tuck.
First, Dr. Agha marks certain sites in your abdomen and flanks as a guide for the location, direction, and length of your incisions. He will also orient you with what will happen during the surgery.
Get Your Mini Tummy Tuck in Newport Beach, Orange County
A mini tummy tuck can make your lower abdominal area look firmer and more toned, giving you more confidence to show off your body.
That is why you should trust only experienced and qualified plastic surgeons like Dr. Agha for your mini tummy tuck. And to ensure your satisfaction, he can help you choose the procedure that would give you optimal results based on your condition.