Mini Tummy Tuck in Beverly Hills

What is a Tummy Tuck?

If you’ve been dieting and exercising, yet still can’t get rid of excess fat around your abdomen, then a tummy tuck, also called an abdominoplasty, may be for you. A tummy tuck is an involved surgery, that requires several hours of operation time and significant preparation and recovery time. To make the procedure simpler, you can opt for a mini tummy tuck.

A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure to remove excess skin and fat from the abdomen. It is suitable for both men and women. It is particularly helpful for women who have recently been pregnant and do not plan to have more children, as well as individuals who have undergone extreme weight loss and may have loose flaps of hanging skin.

Typically, a tummy tuck involves making an incision from hip bone to hip bone above the pubic area, as well as another incision to reshape the navel. The surgeon removes excess skin, tightens muscles and fascia with sutures, and may use liposuction to refine the waistline. Often, the belly button must be repositioned to suit your new body shape.

What is the difference between a standard tummy tuck and mini tummy tuck?

A mini tummy tuck has the same goal as a standard tummy tuck, though it focuses on the lower abdomen below the belly button, requiring a smaller incision and less reshaping. This procedure is ideal for people with fat deposits low on their abdomen. It is less complicated since the surgeon does not reposition your belly button. Unlike other types of abdominoplasty which may take up to five hours, the mini-abdominoplasty only takes around two hours.

No matter the type of tummy tuck, expect a recovery period of about two weeks. The procedure is performed under general or local anesthesia, but does not require staying overnight in the hospital. You will experience bruising and swelling in your abdomen, and will need to have drainage tubes for about a week. Avoid strenuous physical activity, but do walk around every few hours to prevent blood clots from developing in your legs.

Contact the office of Julie Edween, DO, if you’re interested in a mini tummy tuck in Hollywood, Beverly Hills, or the Los Angeles area.