Dr. Lloyd Van Wyck is pleased to help patients achieve their aesthetic goals. He has helped countless people in and around Ottawa look their very best, reducing the appearance of wrinkles, removing unwanted pockets of fat, and generally enhancing overall appearance in the process.
Many patients dealing with loose skin and body shape issues often inquire about tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty). We'd like to take a moment right now to consider the mini tummy tuck and why that may be an ideal treatment for you and your needs.
About a Traditional Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
A traditional tummy tuck surgery is performed in order to reduce loose skin, sagging skin, and stretch marks located around the sides and the lower abdominal area. The surgery is performed because a person's skin will stretch out a fair amount after weight gain but can only shrink back to far after weight loss.
This is the natural state of skin laxity, and the only solution to consider for these matters is the use of tummy tuck surgery.
How a Mini Tummy Tuck Differs from a Traditional Tummy Tuck
The mini tummy tuck is performed to address less serious issues with sagging, drooping, and stretch marks around the lower abdominal area. The primary difference has to do with the extent of the incisions involved.
During a traditional tummy tuck, three incisions are made: a circular incision around the belly button, a lateral incision that spans from hipbone to hipbone along the lower abdomen, and vertical incision that connects the previous two. It helps to picture the shape of a ship anchor when considering these incisions.
During a mini tummy tuck, by contrasts, only one or two incisions are made. This may mean just a single horizontal incision along the lower abdomen just above the pubic region. Through this incision, excess skin and be excised and the remaining skin can be pulled tighter to eliminate the sagging and stretchmarks.
Ideal Candidates for Mini Tummy Tuck Surgery
The best candidates for mini tummy tuck surgery are people who experience issues with drooping and sagging around the abdominal area that are the result of weight loss, aging, or pregnancy and childbirth. They should be in good overall health and not suffer from any conditions that would make the tummy tuck procedure harmful in any way.
The Mini Tummy Tuck Procedure
The mini tummy tuck is performed using general anesthetic in order to reduce serious pain and discomfort for patients. Through the incision along the lower abdomen, the plastic surgeon will remove some excess skin and perform a little bit of liposuction to address unwanted pockets of fat. After all adjustments are made, the skin is pulled tight and sutured shut to ensure optimal healing results.
The Results of Mini Tummy Tuck
The results of a mini tummy tuck can be quite effective, allowing patients to look trimmer and slimmer around their waistlines. Because of the placement of the incision along the lower abdomen, the scarring from a mini tummy tuck is generally hidden from view. Many undergarments and bathing suits can keep the scar concealed, meaning reduced self-consciousness from patients after they have fully recovered.
Contact Dr. Lloyd Van Wyck About Mini-Tummy Tuck Surgery
To learn more about mini tummy tuck surgery and other procedures that can help you achieve a trimmer and slimmer frame, be sure to contact our cosmetic plastic surgery centre today. Dr. Lloyd Van Wyck and his entire team look forward to your visit and helping you achieve your aesthetic goals.