For many women and men, and despite their best efforts with diet and exercise, some parts of the body simply remain problematic. For many women, in particular, the lower part of the stomach under the belly button can be extremely difficult to tone and shape.
Women in Austin may notice this after pregnancy or even after significant weight loss. The pouchy, sagging belly area simply does not go away, despite all efforts to tone and remove stubborn fatty tissue. Additionally, to make things even more difficult, both men and women can have a genetic predisposition to putting on weight in this area, which cannot be removed through exercise or diet.
The Mini Tummy Tuck
A full tummy tuck is known as an abdominoplasty, and the smaller version is known as a mini abdominoplasty. This is a process to remove excess skin and fatty tissue from the area of the abdomen below the belly button. This process can also be highly effective in removing stretch marks in this area.
Many plastic surgeons now use a drainless procedure, which is easier for recovery. The process involves a very small incision either around or just under the belly button. The placement of the incision is based on several factors and is specific to each patient.
The mini tummy tuck is a procedure completed under general anesthesia and typically lasts about two and a half hours. It can be combined with other procedures, most commonly with liposuction to remove excess fatty tissue and to contour the area.
Swelling, bruising and discomfort from a mini tummy tuck typically lasts about one to two weeks, with limited movement throughout the initial healing process. For most people in Austin, they can return to work within two weeks, provided their job does not include a lot of physical activity. Full range of movement and activity is typically allowed four to six weeks after the procedure.