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Mini Tummy Tuck in Worcester, MA

If you suffer from weakened abdominal muscles and folds of excess skin below your belly button, a mini tummy tuck may be right for you.  A mini tummy tuck can tone abdominal muscles and eliminate excess skin and fat from the lower abdomen. Salisbury Plastic Surgery in Worcester, led by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Deborah K. Ekstrom, provides mini tummy tuck surgery for residents of the Shrewsbury area in Massachusetts who want to rejuvenate their appearance through a more streamlined body contour.

What Is A Mini Tummy Tuck?

A mini tummy tuck is similar to the conventional tummy tuck but is less comprehensive and leaves a shorter scar. If you have excess skin and sagging tissue located exclusively below the navel, a mini tummy tuck may be sufficient to resolve the problem with only a single hairline incision running horizontally above the pubic area. A mini tummy tuck also requires less time to recover and costs less than the conventional tummy tuck.

Benefits of a Mini Tummy Tuck

The tummy tuck is a less comprehensive procedure than the full tummy tuck, and this reduces the amount of discomfort, risk of complications, and the period needed to recover from the procedure. Additional benefits include:

  • A shorter scar than with full tummy tuck
  • No need to reposition the belly button
  • Patients who are disqualified from a full tummy tuck because of accumulated scar tissue from previous surgeries may be good candidates for a mini tummy tuck
  • Less costly than a full tummy tuck

Am I a Good Candidate for a Mini Tummy Tuck?

The mini tummy tuck is recommended for those patients who have smaller areas and volume of loose skin and fat to remove from the lower abdomen, and all of it is located below the belly button. It may also be ideal for women who have a slightly protruding belly just above the scar from their C-section or for patients who are at their ideal weight, but seek a more sculpted contour and have retained some elasticity in the skin and good muscle tone in the abdominal wall.  Anyone considering this procedure must be an adult and in good health.

How is the Mini Tummy Tuck Performed?

The mini tummy tuck is performed through a hairline incision running horizontally along the lower abdomen, although this incision is much shorter in length than the incision required for a full tummy tuck. The doctor will use this incision to pull and tighten the muscles of the lower abdomen and extract excess fat.

Recovering from a Mini Tummy Tuck

Immediately following the tummy tuck, patients are urged to get up and walk, although some report a bit of soreness and discomfort during this period. After two days, there is typically a dramatic improvement as swelling begins to subside and the patient begins to feel stronger. After a week you may return to non-strenuous daily activities, and you may gradually return to more strenuous activity after four to six weeks following your surgery.

Mini Tummy Tuck vs. Tummy Tuck

These two procedures are very similar with the primary difference being that the tummy tuck is more invasive and comprehensive, removing more skin and fat, and requiring a longer recovery period. The mini tummy tuck targets only the area below the navel, requiring no repositioning of the navel, and causing less scarring. The full tummy tuck targets separation of muscle tissue above and below the navel and removes loose skin in the entire abdominal region.

How Much Does A Mini Tummy Tuck Cost in Worcester, MA?

This procedure is personalized and unique to each patient and may be combined with other procedures, causing the price to vary between patients. Since most health insurance providers do not cover cosmetic procedures such as the mini tummy tuck, our office provides flexible financing and payment options.

For residents of Worcester and the surrounding communities of Massachusetts who want to eliminate loose, sagging skin below the belly button, a mini tummy tuck may be the solution. Dr. Deborah K. Ekstrom has performed mini tummy tucks and other cosmetic procedures for many satisfied patients at Salisbury Plastic Surgery in Worcester. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation.