Mini Tummy Tuck in Charlotte, NC
A tummy tuck is a very effective method of eliminating excess, loose skin and tightening the skin in the abdomen to achieve a flatter and firmer appearance. For some people, however, the accumulation of inelastic skin might not be as noticeable or could be milder. Therefore, a full tummy tuck may not be necessary. At The Refine Institute, Dr. Broc Pratt performs mini tummy tucks for patients in Charlotte, Concord, and the surrounding communities in North Carolina and South Carolina, who may benefit from a more subtle abdominoplasty procedure that helps them tone the abdominal area to obtain a more fit appearance.
What Is a Mini Tummy Tuck?
In some situations, patients have trouble achieving the firm and athletic look in their lower abdomen with strict diet and exercise. Mini tummy tucks can be performed to eliminate excess skin below the belly button and to tighten the lower abdominal muscles. This surgical procedure uses many of the same principles as the full tummy tuck, but it is shorter, requires a smaller incision and usually means that the patient recovers faster. A mini tummy tuck also does not reposition the belly button or navel, which is commonly involved in traditional tummy tuck procedures.
Benefits of a Mini Tummy Tuck
Patients who undergo mini tummy tuck procedures can expect several advantages:
- There is less scarring because the lower incision does not extend to the hip like it does in a full tummy tuck, leaving a much smaller scar.
- It is more affordable because the mini procedure does not require as much surgical work as a full tummy tuck, which is a significant benefit for many patients.
- No navel repositioning is required because a smaller portion of skin is tightened (as opposed to a full tummy tuck, where an incision is usually made around the navel to shift it into a more normal position. This also avoids a scar around the belly button).
Mini Tummy Tuck Candidates
The purpose of a full tummy tuck is to tighten the skin from the ribs to the lower abdomen. A mini tummy tuck, however, targets only the muscles and skin below the belly button. This means that we might recommend that you get a full tummy tuck rather than a mini if you have a lot of excess skin or loose muscles above the belly button.
Aside from those factors, ideal candidates for tummy tucks should also:
- Maintain a stable weight
- Have realistic expectations for the results
- Have good elasticity in their skin
At The Refine Institute, we will examine your medical history and other relevant information during a consultation to ensure that a mini tummy tuck is the right procedure for you.
Mini Tummy Tuck Procedure
A mini tummy tuck is often performed under general anesthesia. Dr. Pratt then makes a small incision along the bikini line to remove excess skin and to make the lower part of the abdominal muscle wall tighter. The rest of the skin is stretched over the area to provide a more contoured and firmer overall appearance. We might recommend liposuction to enhance the results under some circumstances.
Mini Tummy Tuck Recovery
The recovery period following a mini tummy tuck is significantly shorter than a full tummy tuck, and you will not feel as much discomfort. A majority of patients can return home the same day as the procedure. You will have to wear a compression garment for several weeks afterward to help with the healing process. We will give you in-depth, postoperative instructions and follow up with you regularly to ensure that your recovery is normal.
You can do light activity, such as walking, shortly after the procedure and can expect to go back to work after about one or two weeks. However, you need to avoid heavy lifting and strenuous exercise for a month at the very least.
What is the Cost of a Mini Tummy Tuck in Charlotte?
The price of a mini tummy tuck will vary depending on the extent of surgery necessary to achieve the desired stomach appearance. The Refine Institute offers financing options to help you achieve your goals.
The Refine Institute provides personalized care to residents of Charlotte, Concord, and the surrounding communities in North Carolina and South Carolina with state-of-the-art technology for optimal health, aesthetics, and patient satisfaction. To receive more information or schedule a consultation, call 704-931-8048 to speak with our friendly staff.