A mini tummy tuck is usually a small excision of excess loose skin while a tummy tuck is usually performed to tighten the weak muscle wall, reshape the abdominal region and remove excess skin and fat.
Read on to find out some of the most common reasons for the mini tummy tuck, tummy tuck/abdominoplasty procedure.
The tummy tuck procedure is an effective surgical procedure which can be performed in a variety of situations. When it comes to patients that want a tummy tuck, they often come from a variety of paths. They may be mothers, people who have battled with weight – or they may have undergone other surgical procedures.
Tummy tuck after weight loss
A tummy tuck can be performed after you have lost a lot of weight – in order to remove excess skin and make the most of your new appearance. Excess or loose skin is a common occurrence with significant weight loss. It is even more common if you are over 40, as the skin’s ability to ‘snap back’ is not as prevalent. This is known as skin elasticity, which is much higher in younger individuals. If you have a flap of skin that seems to extend and droop – this is called a Pannus and can most likely be treated with a tummy tuck procedure if you are close to your goal weight.
Can you combine liposuction with a tummy tuck?
Many people who are close to their goal weight are interested in combining a tummy tuck with liposuction. This is indeed possible as some fat from problem areas can be removed before the excess skin is removed and liposuction is also used to help shape and define the waistline and abdominal wall. If you’re looking for liposuction combined with a tummy tuck in Perth please contact Dr Anh on 08 9468 7148.
Tummy tuck after pregnancy: The Mummy Tuck
Many mums are interested in having a tummy tuck after pregnancy as the abdomen area is stretched significantly – and this procedure is often known as a ‘Mummy Tuck’. In some cases this stretched skin does not restore to its full elasticity and in most cases, this will take months and even years to restore completely. If this is a concern for you then a tummy tuck may help. Usually, it is in your best interest to limit yourself to one tummy tuck after you have finished having all of your planned children.
That being said, it is possible to have more than one tummy tuck (a revision surgery) – although like a caesarean no more than two is recommended as operating on scar tissue can result in the area looking worse than before surgery. The tummy tuck performed straight after pregnancy is normally known as a ‘mini tummy tuck’ as normally not as much skin will need to be removed compared to a tummy tuck.
When is a mini tummy tuck appropriate?
A mini tummy tuck is for patients that do not require major removal of excess tissue or correction of abdominal wall muscles. In some cases, these are surgeries which can be combined with a mini tummy tuck – or if necessary a full tummy tuck procedure.
- Tummy tuck after bariatric surgery (otherwise known as lap band surgery)
- Tummy tuck after caesarean
- Tummy tuck after hysterectomy
Of course, your doctor and surgeon will make recommendations based on your medical history. It is strongly recommended that you do not go against any medical advice when it comes to this type of surgery.
It’s important to consult with an experienced plastic surgeon when you are considering a mini tummy tuck or full tummy tuck procedure. If you have any questions regarding abdominoplasty (tummy tucks) then please contact Dr Anh below.