Serving the greater Santa Rosa area, Dr. Barry Silberg is a leader in plastic surgery and cosmetic skin care treatments. His goal is to enhance the overall appearance of his patients, helping them meet their aesthetic goals through advanced surgical means.
When patients come to the practice with major body contouring issues, one of the more ideal treatment options is typically tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty), which is ideal for the abdominal area. There are variations on the standard tummy tuck, and we'd like to consider the mini tummy tuck and what it can achieve.
About a Traditional Tummy Tuck
A tummy tuck is a type of body contouring surgery that is performed to reduce the appearance of sagging skin, stretch marks, and flabbiness of the lower abdominal area and sides. This is accomplished through three incisions:
- A circular incision around the belly button
- A horizontal incision from one hipbone to the other hipbone
- A vertical incision that connects the circular hipbone to the horizontal incision
Through these incisions, underlying layers of the abdominal structure can be adjusted and loose skin can be excised. A surgeon then pulls the remaining abdominal skin tighter to ensure optimal cosmetic results.
How the Mini Tummy Tuck Is Different
The mini tummy tuck surgery uses fewer and less extensive incisions as part of the surgical procedure. Rather than using three incisions, a surgeon will typically work through the following incision options:
- A circular incision around the belly button and a second horizontal incision that spans from hipbone to hipbone, or
- A single horizontal incision along the lower abdomen above the pubic area
The ideal incision option for you and your needs will depend on the extent of your body contouring needs as well as other factors.
Ideal Candidates for the Mini Tummy Tuck
The best candidates for mini tummy tuck surgery are patients who have just a small amount of loose or flabby skin around the lower abdominal area. They should be in generally good health and not suffer from any health problems that would make a mini tummy tuck procedure a potential health risk.
How Visible Is Mini Tummy Tuck Scarring?
Scarring is a reality after any kind of surgery, though thankfully the scarring after a mini tummy tuck is minimal. With time, the scar(s) will fade from view. Thankfully these incisions are concealed by many undergarments and bathing suits, and all effort is made to limit the size and extent of any incisions made for the mini tummy tuck.
The Results of Mini Tummy Tuck Surgery
After undergoing a mini tummy tuck, patients experience a much trimmer, slimmer, and better toned lower abdomen, with no problematic pouch. They often feel more confident about their appearance, and are glad to have achieved exceptional results without the need for a more involved surgical procedure.
Other Variations on Tummy Tuck Surgery
In addition to the traditional and mini tummy tucks, an extended tummy tuck can also be performed. This type of surgery is ideal for people who have lost a major amount of weight and have significant loose skin, stretch marks, and scarring to deal with.
Speak with Dr. Barry Silberg About Mini Tummy Tuck Surgery
For more information about mini tummy tucks surgery and how it can help you achieve a trimmer and slimmer frame, be sure to contact our cosmetic plastic surgery center today. Dr. Barry Silberg and his team will work with you to help ensure the best possible cosmetic results.