Tummy tuck surgery also tightens the lax tissues of the abdomen that hang due to overweight or aging. This procedure is indicated when all the abdominal area is involved. However, when the area affected is only that of the lower abdomen and does not extend beyond the navel, it’s better to have a mini tummy tuck done. It enhances the waist, since it tightens the abdominal muscles like a corset by making a vertical fold. By reducing the waist’s diameter, it makes the hips more pronounced; this helps the body acquire a more feminine outline. It eliminates scars and stretch marks on the area. It makes it easier to treat, at the same time, pre-existing conditions such as hernias or eventrations. It doesn’t treat obesity. If you have obesity, you should visit the section about bariatric surgery.
We use epidural or general anesthesia. It takes between 2 and 4 hours, according to the complexity of the case. The incision runs from hip to hip with a curvature that follows the upper outline of a bikini. The incision is made there to hide the resulting scar easily under the underwear. In most cases, a circular incision is made around the navel to tighten the skin of the abdomen as much as necessary without displacing the navel. The surgeon separates the skin from the abdominal wall. If necessary, the abdominal muscles are tightened by making a vertical fold; this will make the abdominal wall firmer and the waist narrower. The skin is tightened towards the pubis and the excess is trimmed. Once the skin is tightened, a small round incision is made for the navel. Finally, the surgeon closes all the incisions with stitches, and applies a bandage and a drainage tube to drain the excess fluids. You will have to be hospitalized for a day To heal properly, you will have to wear a special bandage on the treated area for about two or three weeks. It is a bit uncomfortable but, unfortunately, it is necessary. A couple of flexible and thin drainage tubes will be placed that will drain off excess fluids from the wounds to an airtight plastic bottle. The pain level will be medium . The stitches will be removed between 14 to 18 days after the surgery. You will have to rest about a week. As soon as you can, you should try to get up and walk around a bit. You will be able to show up in public wearing a bathing suit after about a month.The first weeks after the surgery tend to be long and unpleasant. Your waist will be narrower and your abdomen will be flatter and firmer for a long time. The results of a tummy tuck surgery are permanent and most of the patients are satisfied with the benefits obtained. All in all, they consider that their bodies look much better after the surgery, in spite of the scar.
You will have to rest for about a week. You should try to start walking as soon as possible. You may go back to work about 10 days after the surgery, if it is a sedentary one. You will be able to show up in public wearing a bathing suit after about a month. Your abdomen will be flatter and firmer for a long time. The results of a mini tummy tuck surgery are permanent and most of the patients are satisfied with the benefits obtained. All in all, they consider that their bodies look much better after the surgery, in spite of the scar.