Mini Tummy Tuck in Charleston, SC

If excess fat and loose skin cling to your lower abdominal area despite your efforts to lose weight, a mini tummy tuck may be right for you. This area is a trouble spot for many men and women who desire a smooth, flat tummy. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Brian G. Widenhouse offers mini tummy tucks for patients who live in Charleston, Daniel Island, Mount Pleasant and the surrounding communities in South Carolina.

What Is A Mini Tummy Tuck?

A mini tummy tuck is much like a full tummy tuck but is useful for patients with excess skin and fat existing between the belly button and pubic area. It requires a shorter, horizontal incision above the pubic region, producing less scarring than a full procedure. Excess skin and fat in the region are removed to create the appearance of a tighter, well-defined lower abdomen. No navel repositioning is required, as is necessary with a full tummy tuck.

Benefits of A Mini Tummy Tuck

Mini tummy tucks require less recovery time than a full procedure, as it is less invasive. Scarring is minimal compared to a tummy tuck. This procedure is useful for patients who are unable to undergo a full tummy tuck due to scar tissue from previous surgeries. It’s a more affordable approach to gaining the slim, smooth abdomen patients desire.

Who Is The Ideal Candidate For A Mini Tummy Tuck?

Ideal candidates have small deposits of fat tissue below the navel, as well as loose skin. Women who have had a C-section leaving belly fat below the navel are typically good candidates for the procedure. If you are at an ideal weight yet are still burdened by that pouch of lower belly fat, have great skin tone and skin elasticity paired with strong abdominal muscles, you’re a likely candidate for a mini tummy tuck.

 

What Do I Need To Do Before A Mini Tummy Tuck?

First, you’ll meet with Dr. Widenhouse who will perform a complete evaluation of your medical history as well as an examination of your abdominal region. He will determine if you are a candidate for the procedure and create a plan for treatment which addresses the problem area and the results you wish to gain.

You’ll be given instructions to follow to prepare for surgery. These include quitting smoking a month prior to surgery, possible discontinuation of certain medications, and other restrictions. For your safety and to promote healing, it is critical that you follow these instructions.

What Should I Expect On The Day Of My Mini Tummy Tuck?

To begin the mini tummy tuck procedure, a small incision is made horizontally above the pubic area; this incision is shorter in length than what is required for a traditional tummy tuck surgery. Next, the skin is pulled loose from the abdominal wall. Lower abdominal muscles are tightened, fat is trimmed away, and muscle tissue is sutured. Once this process is complete, the incision is sutured closed and dressed with a bandage.

How Long Does It Take To Perform A Mini Tummy Tuck?

The mini tummy tuck procedure typically takes less than two hours to complete.

What To Expect After A Mini Tummy Tuck?

The recovery period for a mini tummy tuck is shorter than with a traditional full tummy tuck, as it is a less invasive procedure. Compression garments are to be worn for a two-week period following the surgery to facilitate healing. If drains are placed during surgery, they will be removed at your follow-up appointment.

Most patients will feel comfortable returning to regular activities a week after a mini tummy tuck. Rigorous activity should be avoided for at least two weeks post-op.

Will I Have Scars After Getting A Mini Tummy Tuck?

Performing a mini tummy tuck does require an incision, so there will be a scar. One advantage of the mini tummy tuck versus a traditional tummy tuck is that it requires only one shorter incision over the pubic area, rather than a longer incision across the pubic region and another encircling the navel. The scar is placed so that it will likely be covered by most bathing suit bottoms, underwear, and pants.

When Will I See The Results?

Immediately following the mini tummy tuck, you will begin to notice the results produced by the procedure. A toned, flat stomach will be present. As swelling subsides, you’ll see more definition in the lower abdomen.

What Are Possible Complications Of A Mini Tummy Tuck?

Risks associated with a mini tummy tuck procedure include:

  • Scarring
  • Fluid accumulation
  • Hematoma
  • Infection
  • Blood or fat clots
  • Skin discoloration
  • Asymmetry
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Cardiac or pulmonary complications

How Long Will The Results Of A Mini Tummy Tuck Last?

A mini tummy tuck produces long-lasting results which last many years with proper care. Maintaining a healthy weight and diet are essential. The effects of aging and gravity are of course unstoppable. With time, the skin of the lower abdomen may be affected, detracting from the results obtained through the mini tummy tuck.

How Much Does A Mini Tummy Tuck Cost in Charleston?

A mini tummy tuck’s cost varies, depending on the needs of the patient and any complementary procedures performed. Cost will be disclosed during your consultation. We accept payments by cash, credit card, and personal check. Financing is available to assist you in paying for the procedure.

Dr. Brian G. Widenhouse is passionately committed to reflecting your inner beauty. Using the latest and most advanced procedures for cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, our team offers full body plastic surgery, emphasizing overall health and wellness to the residents of Charleston, Daniel Island, Mount Pleasant and the surrounding communities in South Carolina. Contact Port City Plastic Surgery today!