Mini Tummy Tuck Jacksonville
Select patients that have some of the same issues as full tummy tuck patients may benefit from a “Mini Tummy Tuck.” The mini tummy tuck (mini-abdominoplasty) is designed for patients who have a small amount of excess skin and /or stretch marks in the lower abdominal area. These patients have minimal separation of the rectus abdominus muscles and their predominant need is skin removal.
The procedure is similar to the full abdominoplasty, however, the incision is smaller. There is no incision around the umbilicus. The abdominal skin and fat is separated from the underlying muscles. The extra skin is removed and the incision is closed with fine sutures. This procedure is shorter that the full abdominoplasty and typically lasts between 1 and 2 hours. This procedure is performed in a certified surgery center in order to assure the highest facility standards.
The recovery for this procedure is less than the full abdominoplasty. Quite often you will have a small drain that removes fluid from the incision. This drain usually remains in place for 5-7 days. You will need to wear a compressive garment for approximately 4 weeks after surgery. Any minor postoperative pain is controlled with a small pump which administers local pain medicine into the incision for maximal comfort, oral pain medicine in also made available.