The traditional tummy tuck (also known as a full tummy tuck) is a surgical procedure that involves:
As such, the traditional tummy tuck is a major surgery that needs to be performed in a hospital setting, usually under General Anaesthesia. This particular surgery is recommended for patients with noticeably excess abdominal skin, significant fat deposits and loose abdominal muscles resulting in a bulging belly.
A Mini Tummy Tuck, on the other hand, is a much less invasive procedure. It is best suited for otherwise fit and healthy females who happen to accumulate a small amount of loose abdominal skin (and accompanying stretch marks) post-pregnancy. These patients usually have good muscle tone with no underlying muscle laxity or abdominal hernias.
The Mini Tummy Tuck involves surgical removal of the loose skin below the belly button and just above the bikini line. Liposuction is often carried out first to remove any excess fat under the skin. It is important to note that this procedure does not involve abdominal muscle tightening or any belly button relocation.
Hence, the Mini Tummy Tuck can be carried out safely in a day surgery set-up under local or twilight sedation, without the need for hospitalisation.
Most surgeries, including a tummy tuck, have traditionally been performed by surgical scalpels. The latest trend in cosmetic dermatological surgeries is the use of CO2 Lasers and Radiofrequency surgical incision devices for cutting all kinds of soft tissue.
CO2 Lasers excise the skin with far better control of bleeding, as compared to the traditional scalpel techniques. Hence, there is minimal tissue trauma and a lesser chance of scarring.
CO2 Laser offers:
A Mini Tummy Tuck is a far less invasive procedure and therefore, entails a lesser risk of complications. However, some minor surgeries may carry some risks. These include:
Another uncommon risk is the collection of fluid in a small pocket under the skin (seroma). Your doctor will discuss all these risks with you in detail at the time of consultation.
The answer is yes. Any stretch marks present on the skin removed during a mini tummy tuck is automatically removed with the skin. Remaining stretch marks can be treated by Fractional CO2 Lasers skin resurfacing.
As described above, the Mini Tummy Tuck is a day surgery procedure suitable for healthy and fit individuals seeking to remove unsightly loose skin in their lower abdominal area. Ideal candidates are those who do not require a full tummy tuck. Your doctor will assess you at the time of consultation to determine whether this procedure is suitable for you.
Patients are reviewed the next day as well as the one week after following their surgery. The third review is scheduled to be after the next 4 to 8 weeks.
While most patients tolerate the surgery exceptionally well, pain can be controlled with oral analgesia. We strongly recommend bed rest for the first 3 days after your surgery.
To be considered suitable for undergoing any elective cosmetic procedure, you have to:
People unfit to undergo this procedure are:
The resulting scar from a Mini Tummy Tuck is far less significant than that of a full tummy tuck. If scarring were to occur, it is likely to be concealed in the natural demarcation zone between the lower abdomen and pubic area (similar to the area where a Caesarean section scar sits). Such scarring can be further reduced by using CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing.
At Medisculpt™, we have the most extensive range of Fractional CO2 Lasers to help reduce any scarring, whether related to a surgery or trauma.
Once the treatment area has been numbed, you will be unable to feel any pain. At Medisculpt™ we make every effort to ensure that every procedure we perform entails minimal pain or discomfort.
Most people are quick to recover from the Mini Tummy Lift exceptionally well. Since no general anaesthesia is administered, patients can go home straight after the surgery and do not require prolonged post-surgical hospital admission or monitoring.
Light activity is suitable after 72 hours, while light exercise is usually acceptable after two weeks provided recovery is going well. Most patients can also return to office-based work within 7 to 10 days.
Please ensure that you avoid blood-thinning medication such as Nurofen, Aspirin, Heparin and Warfarin. Please discuss this with your General Practitioner in detail and make sure you are aware of any side effects of your current medication.
Herbal medication and nutritional supplements such as St John’s Wart, garlic, ginger, ginseng, fish oil, and homeopathic or herbal tonics should also be ceased for at least two weeks before your surgery. These substances are known for their potential to thin blood and as such, may cause excessive bleeding during and after the surgery.
It is imperative that you follow the pre-surgical instructions given to you by our staff. Alcohol consumption and cigarette smoking are two primary culprits when it comes to increasing potential risks associated with any surgery. Please avoid these harmful agents for at least two weeks (or more) before your surgery.
Consumption of alcohol and cigarettes:
We recommend that you organise a friend or family member to give you a lift back home as driving is not recommended for the first few days of recovery. You also must consider organising a family member or friend to stay with you for the first 3 days after any surgery.
In clinical practice, we have found that a herbal substance called Arnica is helpful in reducing bleeding during or after the surgery. It also aids healing and minimises bruising. This naturally occurring herb is available in the form of oral supplements and is found in most health food stores and pharmacies in Australia.
Above all, a healthy lifestyle, good sleep and a balanced nutritional diet after surgery are essential factors for optimum healing.
Important: Please inform your GP and seek professional medical advice before stopping any regular medication or starting any new medication.
Prices for this procedure start from $6,800 to $7,500 (all inclusive).
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"Art, indeed, consists in the conception of the result to be produced before its realisation in the material." - Aristotle
The practice of aesthetic medicine and surgery is as much an art as it is a science. The aesthetic sense of a clinician in evaluating a patient is as important as his or her clinical skills. At Medisculpt®, our philosophy is to artistically enhance your appearance in a way that stresses elegance over glamour.
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