For patients that require only a small amount of contouring, a mini tummy tuck may be the ideal procedure for achieving a flat, smooth stomach.
A full tummy tuck includes removing excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen and tightening the muscles of the abdominal wall. A mini tummy tuck is normally used when tightening the abdominal muscles is not necessary. A mini tummy tuck results in less scarring than a full tummy tuck; it also requires less surgery and has a shorter recovery time. It is not a substitute for a full tummy tuck, however.
With a mini tummy tuck, the incision is much shorter and the navel may not be moved. In a mini tummy tuck, the skin is separated only between the incision line and the navel. This skin flap is stretched down, the excess is removed, and the flap is stitched back into place.
A mini tummy tuck usually takes one to two hours.
A mini tummy tuck produces excellent results for abdominoplasty patients with excess skin. In most cases, the results are long lasting if you follow a balanced diet and exercise regularly.
At The Plastic Surgery Clinic we perform several mini tummy tuck operations per year. Consequently, Dr. Lista, Dr. Ahmad and Dr. Austin are among the most experienced tummy tuck surgeons in Ontario, Canada. The main philosophy of The Plastic Surgery Clinic is to achieve a soft and natural look for all our tummy tuck patients, while performing the operation as safely as possible.
In order to meet that objective, plastic surgery providers Dr. Lista, Dr. Ahmad and Dr. Austin are pleased to have pioneered a safer and more comfortable form of abdominoplasty known as a progressive tension abdominoplasty; this is a technique that eliminates the need for drains. Our no-drain mini tummy tuck surgeons use this advanced technique to maximize comfort and safety for patients during and after the abdominoplasty procedure.
The surgeons at The Plastic Surgery Clinic are proud to have helped hundreds of patients in Toronto realize their dreams of a flat, smooth stomach. Recognizing that many individuals feel apprehensive about undergoing abdominoplasty, these surgeons conduct personal consultations, during which time they explain to you exactly how your mini tummy tuck is performed and what results it helps achieve. The personalized approach relieves anxiety and helps the surgeons deliver highly satisfying results for all of their cosmetic surgery patients.