Have you recently completed pregnancy or lost weight and are struggling to lose the stretched skin in your lower stomach area? Are you battling with a small “pooch” that won’t go away? Perhaps the natural process of aging has kicked in and even though you are in great shape, you now notice sagging skin taking residence near your lower abdomen. These are all valid reasons why Miami, FL patients of all walks of life consider tummy tuck surgery to attain a tighter, more toned abdominal area.
Dr. Jeffrey LaGrasso is a board-certified plastic surgeon that is well-renown in the Miami area. His expertise and professional cosmetic practice has provided his patients, both men and women, the option to tighten their tummy with the help of a mini procedure that still gives patients big results! Known as a mini tummy tuck, this surgery is less invasive and great for those who just need a little assistance in the lower stomach area.
Here are some general guidelines, from Dr. LaGrasso, to see if a mini tuck is the right option for you!
The perks of a mini tummy tuck vs. a traditional tummy tuck
A mini tummy tuck is a modified version of the traditional tummy tuck. During a traditional tummy tuck surgery, the incision is generally made from hip to hip. This is not the case for a mini tummy tuck where the incision is just 2 -3 inches long and resides directly under the belly button. It is for patients with moderately healthy skin tone, minimal sag, and is reserved for those whose underlying abdominal muscles still have good form. Using a milder sedation method, this version of a tummy tuck uses a smaller incision and is considered a less invasive way to attain a tighter tummy. In fact, it is often called the “scarless” tummy tuck. If you are the right candidate for a mini tuck it has several perks! So let’s see if you are.
Factors to determine if a mini tummy tuck is for me
Unfortunately when skin loses its elasticity and looks stretched out no amount of exercising or abdominal work will make that skin tight again. The main goal of any tummy tuck procedure, whether it be a full tuck or a mini tuck, is to remove excess, loose skin in order to give patients a flat, smooth stomach area. So do you need a mini or a full? A qualified, experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. LaGrasso can help determine this factor for you but here are some helpful questions to ask:
- Do you have a small area of concern in the lower abdomen area below the belly button?
- Do you have more wrinkled skin under your belly button than you did a few years ago?
- Do you have a small amount of loose, sagging skin that you would like to be removed?
- Do you have a slight issue with loose abdominal muscles?
- Do you have a small amount of stretch marks in your lower abdominal area?
- Are you close to reaching your fitness goals, but your abdomen simply cannot reach the level of tightness you desire?
The right time for a mini tummy tuck
Men or women in the Miami area that are within their ideal body weight, healthy, and have minimal excess skin in their lower abdominal area are ideal candidates for a mini or “scarless” tummy tuck procedure. As with any tummy tuck procedure, it is not the answer for weight loss, but can be a great way to get a little cosmetic help and have that flat, toned stomach you always wanted. All patients, when considering a cosmetic procedure, need to make sure the timing is right for them. There is also a level of planning and patient concern when choosing to have an elective surgery. Considering a mini tummy tuck, even though a less invasive cosmetic procedure, it is still an investment of a patient’s time and money to have it done. It is typically advised to postpone considering a mini tummy tuck is you plan on losing more weight or becoming pregnant. The results from a mini tummy tuck can be long-lasting but can be altered if a patient gains or loses weight post-surgery.
Consult a qualified plastic surgeon
Finding the right Miami, FL plastic surgeon should always be at the top of the list for a patient considering any cosmetic procedure. A patient wanting to have a mini tummy tuck doesn’t make finding a qualified surgeon a small priority. A mini tummy tuck is still a surgical procedure, that can even involve liposuction, so you want a board-certified plastic surgeon, likeDr. LaGrasso, for the best end results. Dr. LaGrasso has the expertise and knowledge to give his patients the look they always wanted and improve their self-confidence. A mini tummy tuck doesn’t mean finding a qualified surgeon should be a small task so make sure you still do your homework prior to the procedure.
A mini or “scarless” tummy tuck is an excellent option for patients in the Miami area needing a little help when all other options of a healthy diet and regular exercise have plateaued. Patients can enjoy a firmer, more-toned stomach and love the way they look without enduring a full or traditional tummy tuck. Dr. Jeffrey LaGrasso is a highly recommended plastic surgeon, in the Miami area, who can help women or men get a little help with their midsection so they feel better about how they look when hitting the town for a night out or heading to the beach! Call or schedule your mini tummy tuck consultation with Dr. LaGrasso today.