Excess body fat is neither desirable nor accepted by society. It is often used as a criterion for body-shaming people. It may lead to deep-rooted insecurities and a negative body image. None of this is healthy for the subject.
Also, belly fat is known to be more difficult to get rid of. In some cases, all the exercises combined don’t yield the desired result. So, people start looking for alternatives like surgeries for contouring. One such surgery is a mini tummy tuck.
It is a surgery that targets the area under the belly button. It is also known as mini-abdominoplasty. The surgeon deals with the supra-pubic area of the belly and removes excess skin and fat using liposuction. It may sound like a minor and less invasive procedure, but that’s not true!
The term mini tummy tuck is deceptive in itself. The truth is that ‘mini’ in the name denotes the shorter incision and smaller scar. But in some cases, this procedure can give similar results to that of a full tummy tuck with extensive muscle tightening.
Who is suitable for the mini-abdominoplasty procedure?
Many people seek body contouring. But according to experts, only 20% of them are suitable for the procedure. An ideal patient for a mini tummy tuck should have a limited laxity of skin and limited belly fat below the belly button.
This differentiation is very important because once a mini tummy tuck is performed, it is impossible to perform a full tummy tuck.
How does this procedure work?
Mini abdominoplasty works by flattening the lower abdomen. This is done to get rid of the ‘pooch’ in the lower belly. The muscles in the lower abdomen are sutured together, and excess skin is trimmed. This creates the desired flat belly. Liposuction is used in case excess fat needs to be removed.
Preparing for the mini-abdominoplasty
Here are the steps for preparing before the procedure.
- Quit smoking at least 2 weeks before the date of the surgery.
- Do not try any new dieting options.
- Share the medical history with the surgeon. They may also ask for the medical history of the family.
- Set expectations and goals for the surgery.
- Ask questions and clear all the doubts.
- Complete all the mandatory lab tests and paperwork.
- Arrange all the prescription drugs and other medications as directed by the surgeon well before time.
- Wear a comfortable and loose t-shirt on the day of the surgery.
- Arrange for the stay at the hospital or drive home, whichever the case may be.
- Keep ice packs handy along with petroleum jelly.
- A hand-held shower and a bathroom chair will also be very helpful in the initial days.
Risks and side effects
Some side effects follow along with all the confidence and compliments that one receives after a mini tummy tuck. There can be some complications in the procedure itself also.
All these are listed below.
- Pain and swelling for the initial days
- Feeling sore for weeks or even months
- Numbness in the area around the belly because the procedure might affect the sensory nerves temporarily
- Bruising of skin around the wound
- There are chances of infection just like any other surgery.
Sometimes, belly fat can be very stubborn and refuse to leave even after a million sit-ups. In such cases, medical procedures can be sought to feel better about oneself. However, all these procedures come with some complications and risks. Keeping these in mind and following all precautions ensure a smooth experience.