If you’re frustrated because you can’t lose those last 5-10 pounds of tummy fat, or you have excess skin following weight loss or pregnancy, a tummy tuck is the procedure you need to achieve the flat, well-toned tummy you dream about. Chike Obianwu, MD, at Alliance Cosmetic Center specializes in mini tummy tucks, which are conveniently performed in the office and focus on contouring your lower abdomen. To learn more about mini tummy tucks, schedule an appointment online or call the office in Hainesport, New Jersey.
A tummy tuck, also called an abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure to improve the appearance of your abdomen. Some patients choose to get a tummy tuck because they have excess skin after losing weight, or they have a problem pocket of fat that won’t go away even when they diet and exercise. It’s also possible to end up with unattractive tummy fat due to aging, genetics, and after a pregnancy.
When you decide to get a tummy tuck, it’s important to be within 10-15 pounds of your healthy weight. A tummy tuck can produce exceptional results, but you can quickly reverse those results by gaining or losing weight after your surgery.
Dr. Obianwu specializes in performing mini tummy tucks in the office. A mini tummy tuck improves the appearance of your lower abdomen while using less extensive surgery.
You may be a good candidate for a mini tummy tuck if you have a small-to-moderate amount of excess skin, a minimal amount of fat, and moderate muscle weakness. As a general guideline, your problem area should be limited to the small zone above your pubic bone and below your belly button, because your navel and the area above it remain untouched.
If you need more extensive work done, the team at Alliance Cosmetic Center is affiliated with hospitals where they can perform full and extended tummy tucks.
Dr. Obianwu makes a small, horizontal incision just above your pubic bone, similar to the type of incision used during a cesarean section. Then he performs liposuction to remove fat, repairs and tightens your abdominal muscles, and removes any excess skin.
Since a mini tummy tuck is limited to your lower abdomen, and the amount of tissue removed is moderate, recovery from a mini tummy tuck is usually much shorter compared to a full tummy tuck. Depending on how quickly you heal, you’ll need to plan for at least several days of downtime before you’ll be able to resume light activity. Most patients can get back to more strenuous activities in about one month after their mini tummy tuck.
If you’re embarrassed by the appearance of your lower belly, call Alliance Cosmetic Center or schedule a consultation online to learn whether you’re a good candidate for a mini tummy tuck.