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The mini tummy tuck (or partial abdominoplasty) is for men and women who have a small amount of abdominal skin to be removed and do not have a significantly protruding abdominal muscle wall. If your tummy is beginning to sag due to ageing or you have a slim abdomen that you wish to sculpt into a more desirable shape, then you may find that a mini tummy tuck is ideal for you.

What else should I know?

A mini-tummy tuck may be a good option for you if you have: 
  • Realistic expectations: An optimal candidate will understand not only what a mini tummy tuck can accomplish, but also the limitations of the procedure.
  • Good overall health: An optimal candidate will be generally healthy and will inform his or her surgeon of any pre-existing medical conditions well in advance. A mini tummy tuck is an invasive surgical procedure that requires significant healing and recovery, so it is essential that the patient be physically prepared for surgery.
  • Consulting with a qualified plastic surgeon can help a patient attain the information needed to make the right decision about mini tummy tuck surgery.

What is my first step?

Your initial consultation should clearly set out your expectations and whether the operation can give you the results you desire.

Your reasons for wanting a mini tummy tuck, and your suitability for this type of procedure will be carefully discussed. Also, your medical history will be taken to ensure that there are no reasons why you shouldn't have this operation. Fortunately, significant complications from mini tummy tuck are extremely rare. Every year, this surgery has produced satisfying results for an increasing amount of men and women.

Patients should be aware that risks may more often occur among persons who smoke, are overweight, have diabetes or other health problems, or have scarring from previous abdominal surgery.

The complications associated with the procedure include:

  • Bleeding and haematoma - Blood may accumulate under the skin and the tubes may not drain all the blood. Sometimes, a blood clot (haematoma) is formed. If this occurs the patient has to undergo another operation in order to have the haematoma drained and the bleeding stopped.
  • Wound infection - This type of complication may occur after any surgery, although it is quite infrequent. Prior to the operation, the patient can be given antibiotics.
  • Skin or fat necrosis (death) - Tissue loss along portions of the horizontal incision is a rare complication. This risk, which delays healing, is more common in patients who smoke.
  • Serum collection - Removal of this serum is a painless process but may require several visits to the plastic surgeon's office.
  • Pulmonary embolism - This means that a blood clot travels to the lungs. Various prophylactic techniques are used to prevent this uncommon risk and cessation of hormone treatment may be necessary. Additionally, the surgeon recommends early mobility and anti-coagulant medication.

 

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