Many people consider a tummy tuck because they have saggy abdominal skin or excess abdominal fat. In some cases, though, they don’t need to undergo a full tummy tuck. Dr. Jennifer Emmett, board-certified by the American Board of Surgery, performs mini tummy tucks on Denver and Centennial area patients at Emmett Plastic Surgery in Lone Tree. With the mini tummy tuck, Dr. Emmett helps firm the lower abdomen in her patients to give them a toned appearance.
A mini tummy tuck, or mini abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic surgery procedure that interests many people when their rigorous diet and exercise routines fail to produce a firm abdomen. These individuals don’t have an excessive amount of fat or saggy skin, but they have enough that a tummy tuck would make them feel more confident in their appearance.
A mini tummy tuck involves removing excess fat and skin from the area below the belly button, and the lower abdominal muscles are tightened. This procedure is similar to a traditional tummy tuck or abdominoplasty, but there are some differences. With a mini tummy tuck, the navel is not repositioned. The incision is also not as extensive, and the entire procedure requires less time. Patients who receive a mini tummy tuck have a shorter recovery time as well.
During a mini tummy tuck, Dr. Emmett removes the excess fat and skin from the area below the belly button. She tightens the lower abdominal muscles, and then she stretches the skin across the lower abdomen. This procedure results in a flat and toned stomach without the need for re-positioning the navel. A mini tummy tuck is an outpatient surgery procedure that normally does not take longer than two hours. Dr. Emmett does not use drainage tubes during a mini tummy tuck, which means you enjoy a shorter recovery time.
The ideal candidate for a mini tummy tuck is an individual who is in good emotional and physical health. Dr. Emmett will meet with you before your mini tummy tuck procedure to make sure that you know everything there is to know about the procedure and to see if you have a positive outlook on the surgery. She always wants her patients to know that a mini tummy tuck is a way to improve one’s life, but not completely change it.
You may be a good candidate for a mini tummy tuck if you meet the following criteria:
A mini tummy tuck has an advantage over a full tummy tuck because it is a less invasive procedure. This means that recovery time is shorter. A compression garment, which helps you heal quicker, will need to be worn for two weeks following your surgery.
Your recovery time will not be extensive, but you will likely experience discomfort for a few days after your mini tummy tuck. Most patients are able to resume their normal activities within about a week. Dr. Emmett highly recommends that you don’t participate in any strenuous activity for at least two weeks after your procedure.
A mini tummy tuck will vary in cost from individual to individual, depending on the person’s anatomy and other factors. Dr. Emmett will discuss pricing with you during your free consultation. Since insurance does not cover a mini tummy tuck, she will speak with you about financing options such as CareCredit®, Key Bank, and Prosper® Healthcare Lending. Dr. Emmett’s office accepts cash, checks, and major credit cards for payment.
If you live in Centennial or the greater Denver area and are interested in a mini tummy tuck call (303) 955-7545 today! Dr. Jennifer Emmett offers complimentary body sculpting consultations. The Emmett Plastic Surgery staff wants you to feel comfortable and confident in your body.