Why have a mini-abdominoplasty?
This surgery is best suited for men and women who are in good shape, but have excess lower abdomen skin. During your consultation, Dr. Sullivan will perform an exam and evaluate your skin, the location of any scars, the amount and location of fat, and the status of the underlying fascia to determine if you are an ideal candidate for this procedure.
A mini-abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure to remove excess skin and fat from below your belly button. This skin may be the result of a pregnancy or weight loss. As a result, you will have a tighter abdominal profile.
Generally, a short horizontal incision is placed just above the pubic area. The incision length varies depending on the amount of skin to be removed. For women, the incision is kept within the swimsuit line whenever possible. Working through this incision, Dr. Sullivan trims away excess skin from your abdomen.
A mini-abdominoplasty requires a short horizontal incision, but no belly button incision. As the procedure name implies, the mini abdominoplasty is a less invasive surgery than a full abdominoplasty. It was designed to remove excess skin of the lower abdomen.
Immediately after surgery, you will need to wear a support garment for the first few weeks to help control the swelling. You are encouraged to get out of bed soon after surgery to promote blood circulation, which will help your body heal. Over the next 12 months, your surgical scar will fade, and any feelings of numbness and tightness will disappear.
Soon after surgery, you will see a noticeable difference in the shape of your body. Although your scar may begin to fade after a few months, it is important to realize that you will always have a scar.
Unless your gain or lose a significant amount of weight, you can expect to retain your new shape for many years. Over time, however, gravity may cause your skin to loosen. If this occurs, your plastic surgeon may suggest additional treatment.
The Sullivan Difference
We know that you want to look and feel your best. Our goal is to understand your motivation and priorities and then educate, advise, and guide you to the optimal solution. Our personalized approach begins with a consultation with Dr. Christine Sullivan, a renowned plastic surgeon with more than 30 years of experience, who takes the time to listen to your concerns and works with you to determine the best approach to get the results you desire. From initial consultation through recovery, our staff is always ready to answer your questions and address your concerns.