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Mini Abdominoplasty [Mini Tucking]

Procedure:

A mini-abdominoplasty is limited supra-pubic skin removal. This procedure is not suitable for everyone; the patient must have minimal to moderate skin redundancy, a small amount of abdominal fat, and minor to moderate muscle flaccidity. The surgeon aspirates the abdominal fat, removes the supra-pubic skin redundancy, and in cases of muscle flaccidity, the medial part of the abdominal skin is removed. Finally the skin is sutured with the umbilicus preserved.

Length:

One to three hours.

Anesthesia:

This surgery can be performed under general, epidural or local anesthesia with sedation, according to surgeon/patient preference.

Inpatient/Outpatient:

Either

Possible Side Effects:

Infection, bruising, delayed healing of the wound or keloid scaring in patients with this predisposition, and post-operative complications. Numbness of abdominal skin will recover after several months.

Risks:

In young, healthy patients the risk is low. Pulmonary embolism is possible but very rare.

Recovery:

Post-operative pain relief is achieved with the use of long-duration effect local anesthetic. Elastic compression of the abdomen must be used for 4 weeks.

Results:

The result will last many years, unless the patient gains weight or becomes pregnant.