A tummy tuck procedure is one of the most sought-after plastic surgery procedures. It delivers noticeable and impressive results and gives many people their confidence back, especially after childbirth or significant weight loss.
However, a tummy tuck is a major procedure that some people may not be prepared for. Here is where the Mini Tummy Tuck comes into play. A mini tummy tuck is a less invasive and extensive version of a tummy tuck procedure. The main difference being instead of a massive amount of excess skin being removed from the abdominal area, only a small amount in the lower abdomen is removed. The only downside is it means the muscle repair involved in a tummy tuck cannot be performed.
While skin is somewhat separated from the underlying muscle and pulled downward, it is not done to the same extent as in an original tummy tuck procedure. Because a lot less skin is removed, the mini tummy tuck can be combined with more extensive liposuction techniques, which ultimately helps to contour the entire abdomen.
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Who is a Good Candidate for a Mini Tummy Tuck?
Although a mini tummy tuck procedure has a narrower margin you have to fit into in order to be approved for the surgery, you may be a good candidate for a mini tummy tuck procedure if you:
– Have no muscle separation (diastasis recti)
– Have tight upper-abdomen skin
– Are physically fit and in good health
– Have a small amount of excess skin on the lower abdomen
– Have realistic expectations of results
As previously mentioned, a mini tummy tuck is less invasive than a complete tummy tuck procedure, but the recovery and restrictions after surgery are pretty similar.
After undergoing a complete tummy tuck procedure, you may feel tighter and more sore in the abdominal area. Still, the recovery period is going to be the same with a mini tummy tuck. Drains and/or compression garments are involved in both recovery processes, and heavy lifting is a no-go for approximately six weeks.
To see more information on the recovery process after a tummy tuck, click here.
There may be a slight difference in how long you have to wait before resuming your everyday activities after surgery with the mini tummy tuck. Many people who undergo a full tummy tuck procedure usually wait around one to two weeks before heading back to work, as they need the rest and recovery time to let their body heal correctly. After a mini tummy tuck, many people return to work between four to seven days as the procedure is not as invasive or extensive.
What Does the Mini Tummy Tuck Scar Look Like?
The difference between a tummy tuck scar and a mini tummy tuck scar is that the mini tummy tuck scar is significantly smaller. With a full tummy tuck procedure, the incision site and scar usually span from hip to hip.
A mini tummy tuck incision/scar is usually located in the middle of the lower abdomen, above the bikini line. It is roughly only ten to twelve centimeters long.
How Much Does a Mini Tummy Tuck Cost in Canada?
The cost of a mini tummy tuck depends on the surgeon and the vicinity in which you live. However, mini tummy tucks take about half the time to complete compared to a full tummy tuck, so this may lower the cost. In Canada, the price of a mini tummy tuck surgery ranges between $1500-$5000.
How Can Beautifi Help?
A mini tummy tuck is an exciting procedure that can transform your body and self-esteem. Make sure you are serious about the healing process to get great long-lasting results!
The Beautifi team is always here to help when choosing a surgeon or financially planning for a cosmetic procedure. Learn how our process works or fill out an application to start your procedure journey!