The skin that covers the abdominal area can get loose and sag for several reasons. Unfortunately, this can alter how clothing fits and possibly interfere with your self-confidence or how you feel about your appearance. A mini tummy tuck for loose skin may be an option. This less extensive version of a tummy tuck can work well for patients with less skin and fat to remove, and the results can be profound.
Dr. Schaffer at Schaffer Plastic Surgery is a recognized plastic surgery expert who can help you achieve a tighter, more aesthetically pleasing abdominal area through a mini tummy tuck for loose skin. Take a closer look at what causes loose skin in the abdominal area and how a mini tummy tuck could be the ideal solution.
Understanding Loose Skin: Causes and Solutions
The abdominal area is covered with multiple layers of muscle, skin and fascia. This area is complex because it acts as a protective layer for the vital organs and supports the core or trunk of the body. However, the skin in the abdominal area can become loose and droop due to changes in the abdominal area. Weight loss, pregnancy and even simply aging and loss of collagen can lead to loose skin around the abdomen.
Individuals who experience loose skin may be able to do small things to reduce the issue. However, these efforts may only produce minimal changes. A few options can include:
- Core-strengthening exercises to enhance muscle mass in the area
- Skin-firming products formulated with retinoic acid or adapalene
- Weight loss to reduce the amount of subcutaneous fat
- Massage to enhance blood flow to the area
Non-surgical cosmetic treatments are also an option for some patients. For example, focused ultrasonic skin tightening may be recommended to stimulate collagen production beneath the skin.
While trying things like exercise and weight loss before opting for a surgical procedure is always good, the mini tummy tuck is a good option if you do not see satisfactory results.
The Expertise of Dr. Christopher Schaffer in Mini Tummy Tuck Procedures
Dr. Christopher Schaffer is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon recognized nationally for his innovative approach to aesthetics and reconstruction. His commitment to excellent outcomes and passion for meeting patients’ aesthetic preferences have made him a leader in his field. Schaffer Plastic Surgery provides personalized care for every procedure, including procedures like the mini tummy tuck for loose skin. Dr. Schaffer leads the way to exceed every patient’s expectations.
Schedule a consultation by calling 205-619-9905.
The Mini Tummy Tuck Procedure: A Focused Solution for Loose Skin
A mini tummy tuck for loose skin involves similar steps as a traditional tummy tuck. The only difference is the patient does not have as much skin or fat to remove. The word “mini” is used in reference to the lower amount of tissue removed.
- During a mini tummy tuck, Dr. Schaffer will:
- Make a small incision in the lower abdomen
- Remove excess fat in the area
- Tighten loose muscle tissues
- Remove excess skin
The incision is typically just a few inches long and rests at the bikini line. Therefore, any resulting scar will be small and easy to conceal. The smaller incision and less tissue removal tend to involve a shorter recovery time.
During a full tummy tuck, the incision is larger, the belly button may have to be moved and there can be more scarring. There may even be multiple incisions. Further, recovery can be more extensive because healing takes a bit longer.
Discussion of Ideal Candidates for This Procedure
The ideal candidate for a mini tummy tuck for loose skin is an individual who is in relatively good physical health. It is also best if the patient does not intend to have more children. A mini tummy tuck works well for patients with minimal-to-moderate issues with loose skin and typically only small amounts of fat around the abdomen. The mini tummy tuck is not the best option for those who have more weight left to lose or have a substantial amount of loose abdominal skin.
Enhancing Your Results: Combination Procedures
The mini tummy tuck can also be combined with other procedures to further enhance the end results. For example, the procedure can be combined with CoolSculpting® or SculpSure® for heightened levels of fat removal, and power-assisted liposuction can be used to provide faster results.
Patient Testimonial: Real-World Success
Take a look at what one of our mini tummy tuck patients had to say about her experience with Dr. Schaffer and the procedure:
“Dr. Christopher Schaffer performed a tummy tuck on me in January. Dr. Schaffer was comforting, professional, and very informative. He made sure I understood the procedure and took the time to answer any questions I had about the surgery and the aftercare. Dr. Schaffer did an excellent job on my stomach and I love it! I’m very very happy with it and would highly recommend Dr. Schaffer! He is a great plastic surgeon I could not be happier with my decision.”– Haydee W.
Taking the First Step towards Your New Look
If you feel that you would be a good candidate for a mini tummy tuck for loose skin, scheduling a consultation with Dr. Schaffer is the perfect place to start. Dr. Schaffer will discuss your concerns and expectations, look at your medical history and status and help you decide whether the treatment is right for you.
Revitalize Your Abdomen with a Mini Tummy Tuck
A mini tummy tuck can be an excellent option for patients with minimal to moderate loose skin around their abdominal area. Further, this procedure can be combined with other methodologies to achieve the most pleasing results. Ready to say goodbye to loose skin and hello to a tighter, toned abdomen? Schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Schaffer today by calling 205-619-9905.