ABDOMINOPLASTY - MINI
A mini-abdominoplasty improves the appearance of the abdominal area. Lower belly fat is a common problem, and this can become worse as a person ages. A plastic surgeon performs a mini-abdominoplasty for relatively slender people who have less excess skin for removal. A mini-abdominoplasty involves a smaller incision, limited tissue elevation and removal of less tissue, compared to a full abdominoplasty. One of the benefits of this type of cosmetic surgery is that it’s less invasive and doesn’t involve a large incision near the patient's belly button.
A mini-abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) is limited to supra-pubic skin removal (skin above the pubic area) and fat removal using liposuction. The patient must have minimal to moderate skin redundancy, a small amount of abdominal fat, and minor to moderate muscle flaccidity. The surgeon aspirates the abdominal fat via liposuction, removes the supra-pubic skin redundancy, and in cases of muscle flaccidity, the medial part of the lower abdominal muscles are repaired. Finally, the skin is sutured, and the umbilicus preserved untouched.
A mini-abdominoplasty takes one to three hours.
This surgery can be performed under general, epidural or local anaesthesia with sedation, according to surgeon/patient preference.
Infection, bruising, delayed healing of the wound or keloid scarring in patients with this predisposition, and postoperative complications. Numbness of abdominal skin will recover after several months.
In young, healthy patients, the risk is low. Pulmonary embolism is possible but very rare.
Postoperative pain relief is achieved with the use of long-duration local anaesthetic. The same attention should be taken as for general or gynaecological surgery: seven to ten days of postoperative care. Elastic compression of the abdomen must be used for four weeks.
The result will last many years unless the patient gains weight or becomes pregnant.
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The Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons of Southern Africa was formed in 1956. It currently has over 169 members from all around South Africa. All our members are fully qualified Plastic surgeons that have been approved for APRASSA membership and will endeavour to provide you with excellent care throughout your plastic surgery journey.