Less is more, especially when it comes to sculpting your body to achieve the shape and contour you’ve always wanted. As one of the most-commonly requested cosmetic procedures, a tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is designed to remove excess fat and skin from around your belly. The stomach is often one of the hardest areas to target through diet and exercise, and a tummy tuck can help create a firmer, smoother contour that complements your physical frame. At our Milwaukee-area practice, Dr. Tracy McCall offers a mini tummy tuck technique that, like a traditional abdominoplasty, can reshape your belly, but focuses on a specific area to minimize the extent of treatment needed.
The Idea Behind a Tummy Tuck
Plastic surgery procedures are designed to improve your image and self-confidence by targeting areas that you otherwise can’t conquer. For instance, a tummy tuck can eliminate troublesome fatty deposits while tightening the skin on your belly and strengthening the lower abdominal wall. Still, not even a tummy tuck is a viable alternative to effective weight management through healthy dieting and regular exercise. On the contrary, the best candidates for a tummy tuck are patients who are otherwise in good health, but can’t seem to tighten a flabby abdomen. If you’ve previously had a C-section, have a weak lower abdominal wall, or if extra skin and fat around your belly button make your tummy protrude, then Dr. McCall may recommend an abdominoplasty to recreate your stomach’s outline.
What Is the Mini Tummy Tuck?
Similar to a traditional tummy tuck, a mini tummy tuck also involves surgically removing deposits of fat and tightening your belly’s skin, but the procedure is performed only on the area below your belly button. Compared to its full version, a mini tummy tuck offers a number of benefits, including;
- A smaller incision for less scaring
- Less invasive procedure for quicker healing
- More cost-effective solution for toning your tummy
Should I Opt for the Mini Tummy Technique?
Though finding the right procedure requires an examination, screening, and personal consultation with Dr. McCall, you may consider speaking with her about a mini tummy tuck if;
- You’ve tried diligently to achieve a flatter tummy, but can’t defeat your flabby abdomen
- You’re close to your ideal weight, but have plateaued with your dieting and exercise routine
- You’ve tried liposuction, but it didn’t produce the desired results
However, abdominoplasty is not advisable for everyone; if you plan on becoming pregnant in the future, or plan to lose a significant amount of weight, then a tummy tuck might not be the right option.
An abdominoplasty is typically modified to offer a more conservative plastic surgery option when the patient’s excess fat and skin is present only below the belly button. If your abdomen is flabby all over, then you may require a full tummy tuck, or another, more appropriate treatment.
Consult Your Plastic Surgeon Today
To learn more about traditional and mini tummy tucks, schedule an appointment with Dr. McCall at your earliest convenience. She and our staff our happy to answer any and all questions you have about our services, and how they can help you achieve the body you want.