Mini Tummy Tuck
Partial Abdominoplasty for the Philadelphia Area
Stubborn fat or loose, excess skin in your abdominal area can cause you to feel frustrated about the look of your midsection. Major weight loss, pregnancy, or genetics may cause abdominal skin to lose elasticity and to weaken or separate abdominal muscles. A mini tummy tuck, also referred to as partial abdominoplasty, is similar to the more involved traditional tummy tuck procedure. However, mini abdominoplasty only treats the lower portion of the abdomen (the area beneath the belly button). It is an ideal option for those who have smaller deposits of fat and excess skin around the abdomen area and do not require as extensive of a procedure as a traditional tuck. The advantages of the mini tummy tuck are that the procedure requires fewer incisions, leaves a smaller scar, and involves a shorter recovery time than its traditional counterpart.
A mini tummy tuck can yield beautiful results in those who eat healthy and exercise regularly, but are unable to eliminate excess skin and stubborn belly fat below the belly button. However, if you are pregnant, plan to get pregnant, or plan to lose or gain a substantial amount of weight, you should consider postponing a mini tummy tuck procedure until afterward.
A mini tummy tuck can:
- Reduce stubborn lower abdominal fat that is resistant to diet and exercise
- Remove excess skin in the lower abdominal region
- Firm and flatten the lower abdominal region
Our Customized Approach
Dr. Scott D. Chapin offers a full range of body contouring procedures, including a mini tummy tuck. Many patients opt for the full corrective result that a traditional abdominoplasty provides. However, those who do not require comprehensive surgical correction are better candidates for a less-invasive mini tummy tuck. At your consultation, Dr. Chapin will explain the traditional and mini tummy tuck procedures in detail, perform a physical examination of your abdomen, and learn about your concerns and goals. He will recommend the best-suited approach to meet your individual aesthetic goals.
During a mini tummy tuck, Dr. Chapin makes a C-section-like incision right above the pubic area and removes excess skin and fat from the lower abdomen (below the belly button). He will re-drape the remaining skin more tightly over the contours of the abdomen and close the incisions with sutures. Keep in mind that unlike the full abdominoplasty, mini tummy tucks do not address weakened or separated abdominal muscles, so these muscles would not be altered in any way. The results will produce a flatter, tighter, and enhanced lower abdomen contour.
Meet Dr. Scott Chapin
Dr. Scott D. Chapin blends medical science, artistry, and humanity in every procedure he performs. As a board-certified plastic surgeon, he specializes in aesthetic surgery, with a particular focus on breast surgery. His national reputation and commitment to excellence make him a top choice for Doylestown and beyond.
The Day of Your Procedure
Your procedure will be performed under general anesthesia at a Bucks County or Montgomery County AAA Certified Facility. On the day of your procedure, Dr. Chapin and his highly skilled team will meet with you to review all details and answer any questions before surgery. Generally, a mini tummy tuck procedure itself is generally shorter than a traditional abdominoplasty procedure, because it addresses a limited area of the abdomen through a smaller incision. You will receive exceptional and comprehensive care following your procedure to ensure your comfort.
Mini Tummy Tuck Recovery
Mini tummy tuck is an outpatient procedure that will require you to have a driver to and from the surgical facility. In rare cases, Dr. Chapin may recommend that you stay the first night following the procedure at a hospital to monitor your progress.
A mini tummy tuck requires a shorter recovery than a traditional abdominoplasty. Immediately following surgery, Dr. Chapin or his staff will dress the incision sites and place a compression garment around your midsection to minimize swelling and offer added support as you heal. You will need to wear a compression garment for two to three weeks or as directed. You may also notice that Dr. Chapin may place a tiny tube under the skin to drain excess fluid from the area.
Drainage tubes are temporary and will be removed a day or two following mini tummy tuck surgery. Dr. Chapin will explain to you how to care for the incision sites and treated area. He will also recommend any needed medications.
Your abdominal area may be red, swollen, or bruised at a mini tummy tuck. It may also feel tender, uncomfortable or numb for several days while your body heals. Dr. Chapin will provide a prescription for pain medication to take if you experience any discomfort during your recovery. Although some patients notice results immediately after surgery, it typically takes one to three months to see the full aesthetic results after the swelling subsides. You can expect to take about two weeks off from work. You should get plenty of rest and avoid any strenuous activity during that time. He will also schedule several post-operative visits to check your healing progress, and he will advise when it is safe for you to return to work, exercise, and your regular routine. During your mini tummy tuck recovery, try to remember that it’s important that you listen to your body as it heals. Dr. Chapin will provide complete preoperative and postoperative care instructions. He will monitor and advise when patients can gradually resume their daily activities including exercise.
Dr. Scott Chapin serves patients in Philadelphia, Bucks, and Montgomery counties and beyond. To learn more about a mini tummy tuck in the Philadelphia area, or to schedule a complimentary cosmetic consultation, contact Chapin Aesthetics in Doylestown today by calling 267.880.0810 or sending a message online.