Abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, is designed to improve the appearance of your entire abdomen, surgically removing excess skin and fat, and tightening your abdominal muscles. It is a great cosmetic choice if you have excess fat and skin around your belly button, or a weak lower abdominal wall.

There are two general types of tummy tucks: a partial abdominoplasty, known as a mini tummy tuck, and a full abdominoplasty, or traditional tummy tuck. In fact, there are cases where getting the mini version makes more sense. Our Board-certified plastic surgeon can help you decide if you should get a mini tummy tuck in West Orange.

Advantages of a Mini Tummy Tuck

Preparation for tummy tuck surgery is similar to the pre-op for other forms of surgery. You will be given a medical evaluation, including laboratory blood testing, and should advise your doctor about your medications and dietary supplements. You may need to avoid using these to reduce the risk of complications such as excess bleeding. Patients will be required to avoid smoking before surgery and during recovery, since nicotine can interfere with the healing processes.

A mini tummy tuck in West Orange is designed to be a less invasive surgical procedure than a traditional tummy tuck while still improving the appearance of your lower abdomen. During a partial abdominoplasty, we will make a small incision, like the one made during a Cesarean section. Through this incision, we will tighten loose muscles, removes excess fat, and trim away excess skin to flatten and smooth your abdominal wall.

A mini tummy tuck is used for patients with a small amount of excess skin and fat in the lower abdomen who do not require a full abdominoplasty. For greater results, liposuction may be performed on the entire abdomen, waist, and breast area. This procedure can be performed under local or general anesthesia, and you should be able to return to work after a few days of recovery.

Post-operative Recovery

You will need to arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery since you will be on painkillers and coming out of anesthesia. The recovery phase includes care of the affected sites, proper use of prescribed medications, and adherence to Dr. Lalla’s instructions. Results are generally long-lasting, provided you maintain a healthy weight and fitness level.

Are You a Candidate for a Mini Tummy Tuck?

If you are in good physical health, are done having children, have minimal-moderate excess skin, and have a small amount of excess belly fat, you are probably a good candidate for a mini tummy tuck in West Orange. It is important that you have realistic expectations regarding the procedure, since tummy tucks, mini or full, are not weight loss procedures. They are body contouring procedures designed to make your abdomen sleeker and  you should not expect to lose significant weight with any tummy tuck. It may be difficult to know whether you need the full or mini version, so we will talk with you at length during an initial consultation about the pros and cons of each.

Schedule a Consultation to Discuss Getting a Mini Tummy Tuck in West Orange

You do not need to get a full abdominoplasty to experience fantastic, visible results. The first step in getting a mini tummy tuck in West Orange is scheduling your consultation. In this consultation, Dr. Lalla will discuss your goals and the procedure that will ultimately be the right choice for you. Check out why many patients have entrusted Dr. Lalla with their cosmetic makeover – please call us today and schedule your personalized consultation.

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