Is a Mini-Tummy Tuck Right for Me?

You’ve tried everything to get rid of that tummy pooch, but crunches every day and eating nothing but celery doesn’t seem to be doing the trick. Maybe you are trying to decide if you should go the plastic surgery route to tone your tummy, but a tummy tuck sounds a bit extreme. A mini-tummy tuck may be the answer! 

How is a mini-tummy tuck different from a full tummy tuck?

A mini-tummy tuck is often recommended for patients with excess skin and fat in the lower abdomen. Full tummy tucks are typically recommended for patients with excess skin and fat above the belly button. 

It is less invasive than a full tummy tuck – it leaves a smaller scar, and because a mini-tummy tuck tones the lower abdomen, your belly button won’t have to be repositioned as it is during a full tummy tuck. A mini-tummy tuck also takes less time than a full tummy tuck (2 hours as opposed to around 5 hours), and it will also end up costing less. 

How does the doctor decide if I can have a mini-tummy tuck?

Your doctor will take a look at where your skin and fat are located, and how much excess skin and fat you have in order to advise you on which type of tuck you should have. 

You should be healthy and at a stable weight and dedicated to staying in good health with diet and exercise. You should also have realistic expectations as to what a tummy tuck will accomplish. You should also know that, although a mini-tummy tuck is less invasive than a full tummy tuck, it will still take some time to recover. You will be sore and swollen for a few days after the procedure, and you should expect to take about a week off of work to heal. 

A mini-tummy tuck is a great way to get rid of that extra bit of fat that just won’t seem to go away. Contact Dr. Gary J. Price in New Haven and Fairfield County, CT, to see if a mini-tummy tuck might be right for you. Call (203) 453-6635 for an appointment today!

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