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Mini Tummy Tuck New York City and New Jersey

You’ve worked hard to lose weight and to improve your muscle tone through diet and exercise programs. But when you have reached your desired weight but not your desired shape, it may be time to consider a mini Tummy Tuck. Our New Jersey and New York City patients choose this procedure when they are having trouble achieving a flat and toned tummy appearance.

A mini-Tummy Tuck is a plastic surgery procedure that is designed to remove excess sagging skin of the lower abdomen with a shorter scar than a full tummy tuck procedure. A mini Tummy Tucks can be performed for women after pregnancy, and for men after massive weight loss.

Once the excess skin is removed, the lower abdomen and love handle areas can be reshaped and contouring to give you your old waist back by flattening your stomach. The belly button (umbilicus) is not changed during a mini Tummy Tuck, but the separation of the rectus abdomini muscles (diastasis rectii or separation of the “six-pack muscles”) is performed bellow the belly button.

Frequent asked question about Brazilian Tummy Tuck:

What can a Mini Tummy Tuck do for me?
A mini tummy tuck can allow you to :

  • Achieve a firmer, thinner stomach
  • Tighten and remove loose skin
  • Smaller incision, faster recovery
  • It can be performed under local anesthesia in selected candidate paitents
  • Perfect finishing touch several months after childbirth

What is to expect during a mini Tummy Tuck plastic surgery in New Jersey and New York City?
You will undergo surgery under anesthesia at one of the fully accredited hospitals or surgery center operating rooms where Dr. John Mesa routinely performs surgery in New Jersey or New York City. The procedure takes 2 to 4 hours to complete depending on the patient. Dr. Mesa closes the incisions with dissolving stitches and places you in a supportive binder your comfort during the recovery. Generally, a mimi Tummy Tuck surgery is performed on an outpatient basis. You will need to have a close friend or family member drive you to and from the surgery center and care for you for the first 24-48 hours after surgery.

Where is the mini Tummy Tuck incision made?
The mini Tummy Tuck involve an incision in the lower abdomen in the area below the “bikini line.” For a mini Tummy Tuck, skin is separated from the abdominal wall up to the belly button. Then, underlying muscles and supportive tissues are stitched together, narrowing the waistline and strengthening and flattening the abdominal wall below the belly button. During a mini Tummy Tuck, liposuction flanks may be is performed through very small skin incisions with a small delicate liposuction cannula. Excess skin is drawn down and removed, resulting in a flatter, trimmer stomach.

What is the recovery after a mini Tummy Tuck?
Each patient is unique. Your recovery time will depend upon the total treatment plan. You will have some swelling and bruising, and may experience some discomfort and tightness for the first two weeks. We will prescribe medication to ease your discomfort. Dr. John Mesa, MD uses dissolving stitches, so they do not need to be removed. You will wear an abdominal binder during the first week post surgery until most of the swelling resolves, Then you are placed on a compression garment that is wore for 6 to 8 weeks to support your tissues as they heal. You will also have drains for several days

When can I return to normal activities after a mini Tummy Tuck?
Most of our patients are able to return to work in 2 to 3 weeks. If you were exercising before surgery, you will be in the best condition to recover most rapidly. It will take about 4 weeks to return to all normal activities and exercise.

How long will the results from a mini Tummy Tuck last?
Unless you gain weight or become pregnant, you should enjoy your taut shapely figure for years to come. Your clothes will fit better and you’ll find increased confidence in your appearance. Dr. John Mesa, MD. believes it is important to begin an exercise program to maintain your new look and to increase your health and fitness.

Why not go to an Obstetrician, Gynecologists, Internists, Primary Care Physician Dentists and “cosmetologists” for a mini Tummy Tuck?

Practitioners like Obstetricians or Gynecologist and other doctors who are not formally residency-trained and Board Certified to perform mini Tummy Tuck plastic surgery have been found to suffer a much higher rate of complications, as it’s a side interest to them, and not a treatment they’re certified to do all day long. One of the most common complaints is minimal improvement, asymmetries, etc.

Only a licensed professional with the knowledge, training and skills required to achieve optimum results should perform mini Tummy Tuck plastic surgery. Look for a plastic surgeon who is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and who has completed his training at some of the top residency and fellowship institutions.

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