What Frisco Patients Should Know About the Mini Tummy Tuck Surgery
By Kenneth Smart Jr. on September 27, 2013
After a person loses a lot of weight, their body undergoes a number of major changes. This is especially true of the abdominal area. The skin stretches out a great deal to accommodate added girth, but it will only shrink back so far once that weight is lost. This often means problems with sagging skin and drooping skin that can be aesthetically unappealing.
The only way to get rid of this loose skin and the stretch marks associated with major weight loss is to meet with a plastic surgeon to undergo body sculpting surgery. One especially common option for body contouring is the tummy tuck.
About Traditional Tummy Tuck Surgery
Also know as abdominoplasty, the tummy tuck is a body contouring surgery that targets the lower abdominal area. When performed, the loose and sagging skin of the stomach is removed, resulting in a slimmer, trimmer appearance overall.
Why a mini tummy tuck surgery?
For some patients, the extent of loose and sagging skin isn't so drastic. It may be just a little bit of skin that does not shrink back around the frame. In those cases, a less extensive tummy tuck surgery is all that is needed to address the body contouring issue. Hence the mini tummy tuck.
The Difference Between Traditional and Mini Tummy Tuck
During a traditional tummy tuck surgery, the following incisions are made (many compare them to an anchor shape):
- One lateral incision along the lower abdomen from hipbone to hipbone
- One circular incision around the belly button
- One vertical incision that connects the previous two
In a mini tummy tuck, the incisions are less extensive and/or fewer. For some patients, all that may be required is a single lateral incision along the lower abdomen, and it may not need to span from hipbone to hipbone. During the consultation process for a mini tummy tuck, the exact incisions required will be discussed in more detail.
Ideal Candidates for Mini Tummy Tuck Surgery
The best candidates for mini tummy tuck surgery are patients with minor problems with regard to body contour of the lower abdominal area. They should be in overall good health and not suffer from any health conditions that would make surgery of any kind a risky proposition.
Other Tummy Tuck Options
It should be noted that for patients who have lost a substantial amount of weight, there is also an extended tummy tuck surgery to consider. The extended tummy tuck will involve a larger lateral incision in order to achieve better body sculpting results.
Additional Concerns for Body Contouring
In addition to the tummy tuck, there are many other options for body contouring and sculpting that can prove helpful in providing an overall revision of the figure. These surgeries can target the upper arms, the thighs, and other parts of the body quite effectively. All such surgeries will be discussed in more detail during your consultation at the practice.
Learn More About Cosmetic Plastic Surgery
For more information about tummy tuck surgery and your many other options for advanced body contouring and sculpting, be sure to contact our Frisco, TX cosmetic plastic surgery center today. Our entire team looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve the best possible aesthetic results.
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