Is a mini tummy tuck less painful than a full, regular tummy tuck?
Mini Tummy Tuck Less Painful Than a Full Tummy Tuck?
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Mini-tummy tuck pain
A mini-tummy tuck conceivably is less painful than a full tummy tuck because there is not the extensive undermining and certainly not the same abdominal muscle plication.
Mini vs. full tummy tuck
Make sure with your board certified plastic surgeon that you are a good candidate for a mini tummy tuck vs. a standard tummy tuck. Although the recovery and healing time may be less with a mini, you may not have the best results possible. A mini tummy tuck only involves work below the belly button. This includes the removal of loose skin and tissue compared to a full tummy tuck which involves rectus muscle repair and the removal of loose and stretched skin. Liposuction and a new belly button is also done to help improve the body's contour and look. There are very few women who can benefit from just a mini tummy tuck.
Mini tummy tuck and full tummy tuck pain quite similar
Both procedures are designed to remove excess skin and fatty tissue from the abdomen and to tighten muscles of the abdominal wall. The full abdominoplasty targets the upper, middle and lower part of the abdomen.
Mini tummy tuck is ideal for people who have excessive fat between belly button and pubic bone. Bulging in this area is due to accumulation of excess of fatty tissue, as well as flaccidity of the lower stomach muscles. The recovery time and the level of discomfort after the surgery would be similar in both cases; it takes about a week to go back to daily activities.
Usually, both surgeries are combined with liposuction, which allows better body contouring and better final results. During the consultation ask your plastic surgeon what is the best option for your body type. Both surgeries are best being performed under the general anesthesia or deep sedation.
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Make sure your surgeon explains what his "mini" procedure is
In general, most of us define a mini-tummy tuck as a procedure which addresses the abdomen from the belly button down, usually with some tightening of the muscles and removal of excess skin. Some surgeons, however, will only remove skin in this procedure, leaving any bulge that you may have due to loose muscle behind and therefore not really changing the contour of your abdomen.
It's important for your surgeon to explain exactly what his plans are for your procedure and why he would recommend one procedure over another. If your belly needs to be flattened above your belly button, than a standard tummy tuck is the way to go. The discomfort is perhaps a little worse early on, but in the long run it would give you a better chance at the result you're looking for.
local anesthetic, both mini and full tummy tucks are comfortable after surgery. Ask your surgeon.
Mini tummy tuck less painful than a full tummy tuck?
Once you are ready for the procedure, I would likely recommend a full tummy tuck with abdominal wall tightening. This would remove the excess skin/soft tissue and stretch marks while contouring your belly. The mini tummy tuck has limited usefulness and limited candidates as it truly only addresses excess skin in a small area above your pubis. It will not address your abdominal wall and the tightening of such, frequently needed to achieve a shapely abdominal wall. While the recovery time is shorter, the benefits afforded to you by a full tummy tuck are much greater and will optimize your result. I think that the results will vastly be improved with this procedure over a mini tummy tuck and is worth the extra cost, recovery time, slightly longer incision, and pain that go along with it. You should consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon well-versed in body contouring procedures at anytime to go over options to assist you in deciding which procedure(s) would be right for you. Best wishes!
Pain Following Full & Mini Tummy Tucks Are Not Excessive
For a simple and illustrated explanation of tummy tuck and body contouring procedures, watch my video.
Less Painful Tummy Tuck
All tummy tucks are now less painful due to a new medication called Exparel. Exparel allows for the slow release of bupivicaine, a powerful local anesthetic, that provides pain relief for at least 3-4 days. Exparel is placed at the time of surgery and allows for a quicker recovery and less use of narcotic pain medications in the post op period.
Is a mini tummy tuck less painful than a full tummy tuck?
Yes, a mini TT is less painful than a full TT. A mini tummy tuck has a shorter scar, there is less undermining, and recovery time is much less.
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