Mini Tummy Tuck Recovery
Recovery after a mini tummy tuck generally takes two weeks to three weeks. Strenuous activity and exercise can resume at least six weeks after the procedure. You’ll receive a personalized recovery plan with instructions to follow before leaving. These will tell you how to care for the surgical site, what medications to take for pain management, and when to follow up with Dr. Tyrone.
Who Is A Good Candidate For A Mini Tummy Tuck?
The mini tummy tuck is a popular procedure among men and women. Good candidates for this type of surgery:
- Are physically healthy;
- Can maintain a stable weight;
- Have realistic expectations about the procedure; and
- Do not smoke.
A mini tummy tuck is not recommended as an alternative to traditional forms of weight loss, such as diet and exercise. For optimal results, it is recommended that women postpone this procedure until after they’re done having children.
If you believe you are a good candidate for a Gainesville tummy tuck, call John W. Tyrone M.D. Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery.
Mini Tummy Tuck Consultation
Before any mini tummy tuck in Gainesville, FL, Dr. Tyrone has a consultation with each patient. This one-on-one meeting is a discussion regarding your goals and expectations of the procedure, your full medical history, including conditions and medications, and the details of the surgery. Dr. Tyrone then creates a personalized plan with the ultimate goal of giving you the smooth abdominal profile you desire.
Plastic Surgeon In Gainesville, FL
If it feels as if you’ve plateaued with diet and exercise while trying to achieve a smooth lower abdomen, a mini tummy tuck can help you break out of this rut. Dr. Tyrone is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Gainesville, FL, who applies first-rate surgical techniques and a personalized approach to every procedure. Contact John W. Tyrone M.D. Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery today to schedule a consultation!
Mini Tummy Tuck Frequently Asked Questions
Below are a few of the commonly asked questions regarding liposuction surgery. We understand that patients often have many other questions, and we strongly encourage you to write them down and bring them with you to your consultation. Dr. Tyrone is happy to answer any question you may have, and believes the most informed patients are the most satisfied patients.
During your consultation, Dr. Tyrone will discuss the differences between a mini tummy tuck and a standard (or full) tummy tuck. Generally, the best candidates for a mini tummy tuck are those patients with skin and fatty tissue excess that is confined to the area below the belly button. The patient should also have good muscle tone to the abdominal muscles.
During your initial mini-abdominoplasty consultation, Dr. Tyrone will inquire about your medical and surgical history including current medications and allergies. It is important to be thorough when discussing your medical history as safety is Dr. Tyrone’s top priority. Your full disclosure of all pertinent medical information prior to surgery will reduce the incidence of unwanted complications after surgery. You will discuss your concerns and motivations for seeking a mini-tummy tuck. Details of the mini-abdominoplasty will be discussed including incision placement as well what is expected of you preoperatively and postoperatively. The risks of surgery will also be discussed in detail. Numerous before and after photographs of actual patients will be reviewed during your consultation.
You will then be asked to put a gown on. Dr. Tyrone will then carefully examine the areas which concern you. Proposed incisions will be demonstrated. The length of the incision for a mini-abdominoplasty is typically much shorter than for a traditional abdominoplasty. A surgical plan customized to your needs will then be discussed with you by Dr. Tyrone. Dr. Tyrone encourages you to ask any questions during you consultation. Following your consultation, you will meet with Dr. Tyrone’s patient coordinator to discuss scheduling your surgery and answer any questions you may have forgotten to ask.
Body contouring surgery is not an exact science. Although the majority of patients experience no complications, Dr. Tyrone will discuss potential risks and complications of mini-abdominoplasty surgery at the time of your consultation. Prior to undergoing mini-tummy tuck surgery with Dr. Tyrone, it is important for you to fully understand the risks and potential complications associated with your procedure.
Once you have scheduled your mini-abdominoplasty surgery with Dr. Tyrone, you will be given preoperative instructions which discuss everything from finances to follow-up visits after your surgery. Prior to your mini-tummy tuck surgery, you will need basic blood work and medical clearance form your primary medical doctor. You will receive prescriptions form Dr. Tyrone’s patient coordinator prior to surgery. It is important to have the medication prescriptions filled in the days prior to your surgery so they are waiting for you when you return home from surgery.
You will receive a list of medications (i.e. aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) to avoid for 14 days prior to your mini-abdominoplasty surgery with Dr. Tyrone. Additionally, though there is no scientific proof that certain medications reduce bruising, swelling and pain after mini-tummy tuck surgery, you will be asked to obtain Arnica Montana, Bromelain and Vitamin A pills to take prior to and after your procedure. Finally, the night before surgery, shower and wash as you would normally and do not eat or drink after midnight.
Assuming you were a good candidate for a mini-tummy tuck, you will see a noticeable improvement in your body’s contour soon after surgery. Improvement continues for up to six months after surgery as the swelling subsides and skin contraction becomes maximal. Provided you maintain a stable weight by eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly, you will be able to maintain your new shape.
Dr. Tyrone performs tummy tuck surgery in Gainesville, Florida at the state of the art Laser and Outpatient Surgery Center, located in the physician park behind North Florida Regional Medical Center. The Surgery Facility is certified at the highest level by American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities. Our entire staff is dedicated to your comfort and satisfaction. A beautifully decorated reception area, comfortable exam rooms, private dressing rooms for patients preparing for surgery, and attentive care from our staff through all phases of your recovery help to make your entire surgical experience a pleasant one. Every measure has been taken to ensure your safety and comfort.
When you arrive at the surgical facility for your liposuction surgery with Dr. Tyrone, you will check in and be escorted to the surgery suite. Dr. Tyrone and his nurses will meet with you prior to your surgery.
If Dr. Tyrone feels a hospital is a more appropriate setting for your surgery, he has full privileges at North Florida Regional Medical Center.