It is not always strictly necessary for a patient to undergo a full-scale tummy tuck. In certain circumstances, the procedure can be carried out in its partial (or ‘mini’) form on an outpatient basis under a localised anaesthetic. When consulting your surgeon prior to surgery, it is advisable to ask whether you would be suited to a mini-tummy tuck which will mean a smaller scar, reduced recovery time and a less major operation.
The mini-tummy tuck is suited to those in largely good health with minor complaints regarding small amounts of loose skin as a result of weight loss or pregnancy. It is by no means a minor operation, and still requires a degree of after care and attention to ensure a smooth and painless recovery process. Again, it is wise to research the alternatives, which may reveal a more suitable procedure for your needs.
With a mini-tummy tuck, the initial incision is significantly smaller and does not extend from hip to hip as with its full scale counterpart. Additionally, it may not even be necessary to make the navel incision, although this can lead to an odd shape or positioning of the abdomen after surgery. The process takes a similar course as a regular operation, only on a smaller scale, and allows the patient the luxury of not having to face a general anaesthetic.
Under the localised anaesthetic, the patient will not feel any pain although may feel the occasional tugging or pulling sensation. When combined with a sedative, the patient will feel fairly relaxed and will benefit from not having to be fully anaesthetised.
The risks associated with a mini-tummy tuck procedure are the same as those with the orthodox procedure, although even rarer. Because the operation is literally a scaled down version of the full scale procedure, it carries the same risks although the benefits are not as pronounced and the surgery is not suitable for more severe skin excesses. The preparatory procedures are still recommended to follow the same course; that is primarily no smoking for at least two weeks prior and the arrangement of some assistance for driving home. Again, with a healthy balanced diet and some mild exercise, the recovery period will be as short and straightforward as possible. It is still a good idea to remain alert to any swelling or feelings of discomfort in the abdomen and is, as always, advisable to consult your medical practitioner before undergoing any surgical procedure. The surgeon will be able to embellish on the risks and potential complications of the operation, and offer instructions on how best to minimise the problems associated.
As with prior to any procedure, the best thing a patient can do is consult their physician. That way they will help to alleviate anxieties and build a relationship of trust with the man or woman carrying out the surgery. Even in a less severe operation such as this, it’s important to feel informed and the best way to feel informed is to be informed.