Have some extra or sagging skin, but not enough for a full-blown abdominoplasty? A mini tummy tuck from Dr. Ralston could be the perfect answer, removing a smaller amount of skin and toning up your midsection.

WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE?

Women or men with a small amount of extra or sagging skin on their abdomens. Anyone looking for results similar to those of a tummy tuck, but on a smaller scale.

THE PROCEDURE

A mini tummy tuck is similar to a tummy tuck but differs in that it targets only the lower portion of the abdomen. Anesthesia is first administered, after which the surgeon will make a small incision just above the pubic region. Any loose skin is cut away and liposuction may be used to remove excess fat. Unlike a full tummy tuck, this procedure will not require moving the belly button. The incisions are sutured and your surgeon may insert drainage tubes to decrease fluid buildup and shorten healing time.

RECOVERY

After the procedure, you will wear a compression binder for approximately four weeks during healing. During those four weeks, you will also need to avoid all strenuous activity. Your posture will be also affected during this period, preventing you from standing up straight. Until fully healed, the incision cannot be soaked.

RESULTS & BENEFITS

A tummy tuck will help firm up and flatten your abdomen. While not a weight loss procedure, a tummy tuck will remove some excess skin and fat, resulting in a firmer, flatter midsection.