If you dislike the look of your stomach and waist due to moderate or severe skin laxity and excess fat accumulation, you are not alone. One of the most routine surgical cosmetic procedures for adults is a tummy tuck, but the operation is extensive and can require several weeks of recovery. Instead, you could consider the medical advantages and notable cosmetic improvements possible with a mini tummy tuck in Encino.
The procedure focuses on enhancing a localized area, the lower abdomen, which often has excessive fullness for many individuals who believe it adversely impacts their appearance. However, not everyone is a suitable candidate for a mini tummy tuck as there are some limitations to what the operation could accomplish. Arrange an assessment with the medical team at AESTHETICA LA to determine whether the procedure is the best treatment course for your ideal look.
The main cosmetic goals of a mini tummy tuck are similar to traditional tummy tuck surgery, as both procedures remove loose skin and extra fat from the abdomen. However, a mini tuck exclusively targets the abdominal areas between the pubic region and the belly button, the lower abdomen, where individuals often struggle with stubborn fat. As a result, patients should be close to their ideal weight and do not have severe skin laxity or excess fat buildup on the mid and upper abdomen.
In addition, a mini tummy tuck in Encino does not address damage to the abdominal walls that cause separation or notable weakness. Though the surgery could tighten the lower abdominal muscles for minor improvements, it is not the best choice for more substantial muscle tone enhancements.
Due to a smaller treatment area, the necessary incision along the lower abdomen for a mini tummy tuck is significantly shorter (usually by six to 12 inches) than a traditional abdominoplasty incision. However, it could remove stretch marks on loose skin in this area like the full version. Finally, because Dr. Yaghoubian avoids altering the area around the belly button, mini tummy tuck surgery does not typically include cosmetic and placement changes to that feature.
Since a mini tummy tuck operation in Encino solely focuses on the abdominal areas below the belly button, not everyone is an ideal candidate. For instance, patients must be close to their goal weight before surgery and have minimal skin laxity above the belly button. In addition, individuals with excess fat localized on the lower abdomen are better suited for a mini procedure.
The mini tuck does not repair weak and separated abdominal muscles, which is a common problem after pregnancy and only correctable with a complete procedure. Therefore, individuals who are not concerned with the strength and support of their abdominal muscles may want to consider the less-intensive procedure.
In addition, as a result of being less invasive and more localized, individuals who want to avoid extended recovery periods could benefit from a mini tummy tuck. The operation is also ideal for patients who want less visible scarring afterward since a mini tummy tuck is more easily hidden beneath clothing.
Diet, exercise, and changing your lifestyle habits could improve your upper- and mid-abdominal contours, but you may still struggle with fullness in your lower belly. Though a tummy tuck procedure could make notable differences, you may not need to enhance your entire stomach and want to avoid major surgery. If you want a less invasive option and are exclusively concerned about improving the lower abdomen, consider a mini tummy tuck in Encino.
Ask our team about the benefits of this choice by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Yaghoubian to discuss your cosmetic goals, areas of concern, and eligibility for surgery.