Classic Mini Tummy Tuck
This 40 year old, referred to Dr. Parker by word of mouth, was bothered by the laxity in her lower abdomen and fullness in her hips. Dr. Parker discussed the options of a full tummy tuck versus a mini-abdominoplasty. The patient wished to limit the length of the lower abdominal incision and selected a mini-abdominoplasty along with liposuction of her hips. The patient is 5’6″ tall and weighs 135 pounds. During surgery, Dr. Parker suctioned 400 cc of fat from the abdomen, 275 cc from the right hip and 325 cc from the left. The patient was pleased with her quick recovery from surgery and the improved appearance of both abdomen and hips.
Patients with limited excess skin and muscle laxity in their lower abdomen are candidates for “mini abdominoplasty.” A low horizontal incision, similar to that used in a C-section, provides excess for skin removal and muscle tightening.