One of the most persistent complaints people have is having loose skin in the abdomen area. This is more prominent if you’re a woman that’s had children or you’ve lost a large amount of weight. A mini tummy tuck can help you take care of this unsightly skin. Dr. Leslie Smith of Sapphire Advanced Aesthetics, a Plymouth, MN liposuction and cosmetic procedure provider, explains the process and benefits of a mini tummy tuck.
What is a Mini Tummy Tuck?
The mini tummy tuck is also called the Avelar Tummy Tuck after its founder. A mini tummy tuck focuses on the lower abdomen and Dr. Smith puts her own twist on the procedure, utilizing Tickle Lipo as well. Tickle Lipo works to remove any excess fat and thin out the abdominal wall. Then, the excess loose skin will be removed and you’re stitched up.
The Benefits of a Mini Tummy Tuck
But why should you choose a mini tummy tuck? There are many benefits to this procedure. First, it’s a less invasive procedure compared to a full tummy tuck. This is because it specifically targets the lower abdomen, the area below the belly button. The incision used is much smaller than a full tummy tuck and your belly button remains intact.
Since Dr. Smith is an expert in the skin and how it heals, she can help make sure you’ll have the smallest scar possible. Her goal is to make sure it’s as short as it can be while still providing the treatment you need. As your scar heals, it’ll continue to fade over time. By the time it’s completely healed, you should only have a small, white hairline scar.
Since Dr. Smith starts with Tickle Lipo, it helps to accelerate the healing process. You’re able to do the procedure without being under general anesthesia, which helps as well. The Tickle Lipo removes any excess fat, giving you a more contoured result. Without the liposuction component, it’s solely the excess skin that’s removed.
The Mini Tummy Tuck Process
While a mini tummy tuck is done while you’re awake, it’s understandable to be nervous about undergoing a procedure. That’s why we offer Pro-Nox. This utilizes nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, to keep you relaxed and calm throughout the procedure. You’ll be able to drive yourself to and from the appointment because the impacts of Pro-Nox take effect and disperse quickly.
A small incision is made in the lower abdomen. The Tickle Lipo procedure is performed to get rid of excess fat. Then, excess skin is removed and the incision is stitched. You’ll have a brief recovery period in our office when the procedure is over. You’ll experience some pain for the next 2-3 days and can return to work in 5-7. The effects are immediate and improve over the course of 3-6 months.
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