Monday, May 25, 2009

"Mini" tummy-tucks may not fully address all abdominal issues

"Mini" abdominoplasty or tummy tuck is a term often used to comfort those who are apprehensive about surgery that their recovery will be less than that of a standard procedure.

Often "mini" implies that the entire procedure will not be done - i.e. shorter scar, less surgical dissection, less downtime, etc. as compared to a "standard" procedure.

However, a tummy tuck often requires addressing the entire abdomen, from xyphoid process (just below your sternum) to just above the pubic bone.

A mini-abdominoplasty often only addresses the lower abdomen, risking leaving the upper abdomen still bulging and less tight.

Ensure your Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon performs a complete examination of your belly, including evaluation of "rectus diastasis" (separation of the rectus abdominis muscles) that is common after pregnancy or weight gain.

A full abdominoplasty is usually what I recommend in order to correct the entire abdominal wall. This will ensure the best possible result is achieved, often with similar downtime and recovery to the "mini" operation.