Tummy Tuck in Houston
What is a mini tummy tuck procedure?
Life events such as pregnancy or significant changes in weight can cause a separation of the abdominal muscles, making them weak. Patients who experience these conditions may find that they have greater difficulty losing weight, especially if their goal is to restore their pre-pregnancy physique. A mini tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) slims and contours the belly, giving the patient a more aesthetically pleasing and sculpted look.
While standard abdominoplasty procedures address issues in both the upper and lower portions of the stomach, a mini tummy tuck is specially designed to treat the lower area of the belly, defined as the area from the navel and below. Issues in the area above the pubic region can be addressed with this technique.
Who is an ideal candidate for a mini tummy tuck procedure?
A mini tummy tuck is a fully customizable procedure that can be adjusted to all patients’ individual needs. As with any cosmetic procedure, patients should only undergo this procedure for their own personal aesthetic goals and not those prescribed to them by others.
Some determining criteria for a mini tummy tuck include:
- Being of sound body and mind
- Being able to remain at a stable weight
- Having pragmatic expectations for the results of the procedure
- Being a non-smoker
- Feeling dissatisfied with the state of one’s abdomen
- Being free of any serious medical conditions that could impact the procedure or recovery process
What are the benefits of a mini tummy tuck?
Mini tummy tuck procedures come with a litany of benefits, including:
- Giving the body a restorative boost
- Addresses excess skin that has resulted from pregnancy or major weight loss
- Gives a smoother and firmer look to the abdomen
- Addresses bulge related to C-section scars
- Comes with less scarring than the standard tummy tuck
- A faster treatment
Prepping for surgery
Before undergoing the treatment, patients will be required to complete the following steps:
- Undergo a full lab test (with blood panel) from a licensed practitioner
- Cease or begin the use of certain medications
- Quit smoking (if applicable)
- Refrain from taking any blood thinners such as aspirin, Advil, Aleve, or Motrin, which can cause excess bleeding during the procedure.
What does the procedure entail?
Mini tummy tuck procedures are performed with the patient under general anesthesia and can take one to two hours. The incision is made just below the bikini line, ensuring that any remaining scars will be obscured from vision.
During the procedure, excess skin is detached from the underlying tissue and removed from the area. If any work on the muscles is required, Dr. Vitenas can incorporate that and liposuction. These methods are effective at further slimming down the waist. Patients will have an opportunity to learn more about these options during their private consultation.
Two drains will be placed on both sides of the incision sites. This is essential to drain out any fluid that may accumulate in the treatment area following the procedure. The drains will need to be kept in place for a period of about one week.
What is the recovery process like?
During the private consultation, patients will receive ample information and specific instructions regarding the recovery period from a mini tummy tuck.
While mini tummy tuck procedures are performed on an outpatient basis, patients will need to arrange to have someone help them around the house during the first week of recovery. Prior to the surgery, patients are fitted with a compression garment to aid in the healing process. It is to be worn for at least six weeks following the treatment.
Patients are usually able to get back to work in just 10 to 14 days following their tummy tuck procedure, provided that the work isn’t overly strenuous. Vigorous exercise and heavy lifting must be avoided for the first six weeks, after which patients will be mostly healed and able to return to their usual activities.
“Dr. Vitenas and his staff are the best.”
Why choose Dr. Vitenas?
With years of experience providing elite cosmetic care, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Vitenas is well-known as one of the most skilled and respected aesthetic practitioners in Texas and beyond. His record of satisfactory and remarkable results has brought thousands of patients to his practice. He curates individualized treatment plans for every patient, allowing them to achieve the look of their dreams.
Founder of various facilities, including Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery, Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique, and the Houston Surgery Center, Paul Vitenas, Jr., M.D., F.A.C.S. has connected with thousands of patients from all over the world. His state-of-the-art facility Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery has a 15,000-square-foot cosmetic surgery center and medical spa, enabling patients to have a restorative and memorable treatment.
Contact us today to schedule a private consultation and learn more about our mini tummy tuck procedure.