How do I know if I'm a mini tummy tuck candidate?

Is there a way to find out if I'm a candidate for a mini tummy tuck before seeing a doctor? I'm haven't decided yet if I want to have this surgery or not, and I don't want to spend money for nothing. What should I look for? Are the skin laxity and the amount of belly fat the most important factors in determining if I'm a candidate or not? How do I measure these two?


F, 39, New York

Tags:woman age 35-44 belly excess fat candidate

I wanted a tummy tuck but was not sure which one would work the best for my situation. I'm 38 and in the past five years have had two kids. I'm an athlete, so I was in great shape before both pregnancies. I didn't have a lot of excess skin and fat, just a little bit of loose skin on my lower abdomen. At my initial consultation, my doctor gave me a physical examination. Because my loose skin was only on the lower part of my abdomen and my muscles weren't separated, a mini tummy tuck would work. If I had more loose, extra skin that was higher on my abdomen, I would have needed a full tummy tuck surgery.

I had a mini tummy tuck instead of a full tummy tuck because I had excess fat in my lower abdomen, under my navel. I wasn't sure which type of surgery I would need until I met with a board certified plastic surgeon for a consultation. During the consultation, the surgeon asked me about my goals and expectations, examined me and reviewed my health history before providing me with his medical recommendation, which was the mini abdominoplasty. I had some muscle repair done as well as liposuction in my lower abdomen. This type of surgery requires a shorter recovery time and a smaller incision. A full tummy tuck would have treated both my upper and lower abdomen, and it would have necessitated that my navel be repositioned.

A consultation is the best way to find out if you are a mini tummy tuck candidate. Ask to see before and after photos from previous patients and let the surgeon know what you're looking to accomplish with a tummy tuck. If you are close to your ideal weight and have access belly fat and lax muscles primarily under your belly button, then the mini tummy tuck is probably right for you. Most consultations are free and most offices offer payment plans. I am so happy with my mini tummy tuck results and with my newly flattened and firmed stomach.

Most plastic surgeons recommend the mini tummy tuck for women that are finished becoming pregnant. I wanted the mini tummy tuck too, and my surgeon told me that the results that could be gained would affect only my lower abdominal region. I hadn't yet lost all of the belly weight that I gained during pregnancy. I was advised to wait and do an intensive exercise program that focused on my abdomen and hip areas. I was able to lose 17 pounds, and my abdomen following my mini tummy tuck looks so much better.

I had a mini tummy tuck procedure completed, and I'm really happy with the results. Skin laxity and the amount of belly fat definitely determine which surgery is best for you. A full tummy tuck or a mini tummy tuck can be completed depending on the amount of fat and muscle laxity that you are experiencing. The best way to find out if you qualify for a mini tuck surgery is to see an experienced plastic surgeon.

When I saw the surgeon, he asked me about my medical history and my goals and desires. I explained to him that I wanted my stomach to be flat and despite exercise and diet I hadn't been able to achieve this goal. The surgeon then showed me before and after photos of mini tummy tuck patients, and he explained the results that I could meet with the surgery. The consultation was free, and I learned so much from the consultation. I recommend that you see a surgeon to get a professional opinion. If you're worried about the price, ask the surgeon about payment options that are available. My surgeon said that I qualified for the mini tuck because I only had that protruding in the area under my bellybutton. I also did exercises before the surgery to get in the best shape possible and to get the best results.

The amount of skin and muscle fat are important factors when determining if the plastic surgery will benefit you. I had a mini tummy tuck, and I went to see a surgeon for a consultation. During the consultation, the surgeon examined me to determine if the mini tuck would benefit me. My surgeon was able to show me after photos of other patients that he had provided the surgery for, and I saw that they were able to achieve the results that I have been seeking with diet and exercise. I just couldn't get the results without the surgery.

My mini tummy tuck has tightened my abdominal muscles and removed the excess skin and fat from my lower abdomen. If you are looking to remove excess skin from below your belly button, this treatment is right for you. If you are looking to remove inches of fat from around your waist, you would be a good candidate for a full tummy tuck. Most consultations are free, so you wouldn't have to put out any money to find out if the surgery would benefit you.