Am I suitable for mini tummy tuck with muscle repair? (Photos)
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Mini tummy tuck with umbilical float for muscle repair
- Recovery from a mini tummy tuck with muscle repair is the same as for a full tummy tuck
- Even with an umbi float, there will not be much improvement in the skin laxity in the upper abdomen
- There are several variations to consider (see the link below)
Mini vs full tummy tuck
Mini vs Full tummy-Tuck
Hello and thank-you for your question and photo.
A mini tummy-tuck is an excellent option for individuals with an abdominal bulge due to muscle weakness, fat accumulation, and mild skin laxity. From your photos, it looks like you would do well with a nini tummy tuck, liposuction, muscle repair with an umbilical float. Whether or not you are a candidate is best determined by an in person consultation. With this procedure, liposuction is performed, the muscles are tightened, and a small amount of skin is removed. The procedure is termed "mini" due to the fact that less skin is removed and the scar is slightly shorted than that of a full tummy-tuck. As a mini tummy-tuck removes less skin than a full tummy-tuck, there is less tightening of the abdomen compared to a full tummy tuck. A mini tummy tuck does not tighten the skin above the umbilicus. The incision of both mini and full tummy-tuck are designed low in the bikini line to be hidden by even minimal clothing. A full tummy tuck will give a better result when:
1 There is more than just a little bit of looseness due pregnancies or weight loss.
2. Significant abdominal muscle weakness due to separation (diastasis)
3. Stretch marks in the lower abdomen.
4. Distortion of the belly-button
5. Significant fatty accumulation is the abdomen requiring more liposuction
The incision for a full tummy tuck is slightly longer than that of a mini, but the abdomen is much tighter. Mini tummy tuck is an excellent option for candidates who meet these criteria. For the majority of women, a full tummy tuck is a better option. On this site, the patient satisfaction rate for a full tummy tuck is 97%. This compares to 89% for mini tummy-tucks. A mini tummy-tuck is an excellent option for an appropriate candidate. The difference in satisfaction rates most likely represents our attempts to stretch the indications and offer a mini-tummy tuck for individuals who would have done better with a full tummy tuck. I am currently using two new technologies for skin tightening that are very promising for tightening the skin of the tummy, avoiding a scar altogether. The J-plasma (Cool Helium Plasma) and Bodytite radiofrequency are minimally invasive techniques combined with liposuction that are producing significant tightening. I would recommend a consultation with a plastic surgeon who is board certified by the American Board of Plastic surgery and has extensive experience in body contouring.
Best of Luck,
Andrew Lyos, MD, FACS
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Thank you for the pictures and questions. Based on the pictures you submitted it looks as if you would benefit from a full tummy tuck. I suggest consulting with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in your area. Best of Luck!
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Mini tummy tuck
Thank you for your question and posting appropriate pictures. You seem to be a good candidate for a mini abdominoplasty Tummy tuck, you would need a consultation to discuss your options and be given precise recommendations. In a mini tummy tuck plication and muscle repair is performed as well.
Best wishes and good luck.
Richard G. Reish, M.D.
Harvard-trained plastic surgeon
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