Tummy Tuck FAQ

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Q: Will a mini-tummy tuck get rid of the saggy skin under my belly button?

A: A mini-tummy tuck is an ideal option for improving loose, saggy skin underneath your belly button as well as stretch marks. The length of the incision ranges from person to person and depends on the amount of skin that needs to be excised, but it is can be expected to be moderate in size.

Although the incision is smaller than the one used to perform a full tummy tuck, the most important aspect is its position and the manner in which the procedure is carried out. A full tummy tuck heals great and yields the best results with an incision that is hidden beneath the bikini line. However, the mini-tummy tuck is still a great option if you fit the bill and will not need to reposition your belly button. Schedule a consultation with a body plastic surgeon to determine which procedure is best suited for your situation.

Q: What is best for my post-pregnancy abdominal sagginess: a mini or full tummy tuck?

A: The mini-tummy tuck is a specially designed procedure for people who have a small amount of excess skin in their lower abdominal area. It also doesn’t require as large of an incision or for the surgeon to reposition the naval like a traditional tummy tuck procedure does. However, following pregnancy, the abdominal muscles tend to be weaker and a full tummy tuck would be required to tighten and flatten your stomach completely. Schedule a consultation with an experienced plastic surgeon for a complete examination that will reveal which option is best for you.

Q: Hello, I’m a 34-year-old mother of two children who were both delivered via C-section and I’m not happy with the condition of my abdominal area. What are my options?

A: The majority of patients who have experienced childbirth would benefit from an abdominoplasty. Bearing children often stretches the abdominal muscles, leaving behind lax skin that displeases most. If you’ve attempted to lose the weight and cannot do so, abdominoplasty can still be used to produce great improvement, however, these results would be even better if you could get as close to your target weight as possible first. A popular option for most is having liposuction performed initially and then an abdominoplasty 6 weeks later. We suggest scheduling an appointment with your plastic surgeon to discuss your options before making a decision.

Q: Will I need a mini or full tummy tuck after pregnancy?

A: A consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon is a necessity when it comes to determining if it’s a mini or full tummy tuck that you need. If you only have a small amount of loose skin below the belly button then a mini-tummy tuck may be all that you need to achieve the results you desire. This procedure requires a shorter incision and the belly button doesn’t require repositioning. Meanwhile, a full tummy tuck is designed for situations where a lot of skin needs to be removed and muscles require tightening.

Q: Am I a good candidate for a full tummy tuck?

A: Ideally, you would not be planning to have additional children so that your results would not be compromised by another pregnancy. We also suggest that you get as close to your target weight as possible and be physically healthy. The amount of excess skin you have can be smoothed nicely with this procedure. We would also recommend liposuction of the hips in addition to the tummy tuck when you are ready to improve your overall contour.

For a free consultation to discuss your tummy questions, please contact Allure Plastic Surgery online or call (212) 661-2563 today.