Dr. Charlotte Ann Rhee describes the mini tummy tuck as a limited incisional surgery performed below the bikini line and above the pubic mound. The skin and the subcutaneous tissue are elevated off the underlying rectus abdominis muscle, and the excess skin is removed. The remaining skin is then reapproximated with sutures.
How much is a mini tummy tuck?
The average cost of a mini tummy tuck is about $5,000. However, the final cost depends on many factors, including the surgeon’s fee, the facility fee, and the cost of anesthesia. Some surgeons may also charge a separate fee for post-operative care.
What are the benefits of a mini tummy tuck?
A mini tummy tuck can provide patients with a flatter, more toned stomach. It can also help to improve the appearance of stretch marks and scars from previous pregnancies. Sometimes, it may also be used to correct diastasis recti (separation of the abdominal muscles).
How long does recovery take after a mini tummy tuck?
Most patients report feeling well enough to return to work and other normal activities within one to two weeks after surgery. However, it is essential that you avoid strenuous activity for at least four to six weeks to allow the incisions time to heal correctly.
What are the risks associated with a mini tummy tuck?
As with any surgery, certain risks are associated with a mini tummy tuck. These typically include bleeding, infection, scarring, and adverse reactions to anesthesia. There is also a slight risk of seromas (fluid-filled sacs) or hematomas (blood-filled sacs) under the skin.
What are the side effects of a mini tummy tuck?
The most common side effect of a mini tummy tuck is temporary swelling and bruising around the incision site. This is completely normal and typically resolves within a few weeks. Other potential side effects include numbness, skin irritation, and pain. These should all improve with time.
What are the long-term effects of a mini tummy tuck?
Most patients are often pleased with their results after a mini tummy tuck. However, it is important to remember that this surgery does not prevent future weight gain or pregnancy. If you do gain weight or become pregnant in the future, your results may be affected.
How do I learn more?
Contact Dr. Charlotte Ann Rhee of Huntington Station, NY, at 631-424-6707 to request a consultation visit and initial evaluation at her practice.