Healing After A Mini Tummy Tuck | What Is The Recovery Like?

A mini tummy tuck, or partial abdominoplasty is fast becoming a popular cosmetic surgery procedure to beautifully transform the stubborn pockets of fat and excess skin that often plague the lower abdomen following multiple pregnancies or significant weight loss. If you are seeking a mini tummy tuck to improve your abdominal contour and achieve the flattened stomach of your dreams, you may wonder what is involved in the recovery. One of the advantages of a Toronto mini tummy tuck is that it is a less invasive option than a full tummy tuck, which means that patients often experience reduced scarring, fewer side effects, and a quicker recovery.

Reduced Scarring

Although scars can be expected after any surgical procedure, individuals who undergo a mini tummy tuck will typically experience less scarring than those who opt for a full tummy tuck, because a much smaller incision is necessary. While a full abdominoplasty makes an incision from hip to hip across the abdomen, a partial abdominoplasty only requires a small incision, which is strategically placed in the lower abdomen above the pubic area, making it much less prominent. Provided that you follow all aftercare instructions carefully, this scar will take approximately one year to heal, during which time it will gradually become less visible.

Fewer Side Effects

While each patient has a unique tolerance for pain, the less invasive nature of a mini tummy tuck means that the recovery time is typically easier because the upper abdomen is not impacted and the required incision is much smaller. Patients should expect to experience swelling, bruising, and tenderness in the treatment area. In most instances, however, these symptoms resolve themselves within two weeks of the procedure and a medication will be prescribed to ensure that you are comfortable throughout your recovery.

Shorter Recovery Time

Because of the less invasive nature of a mini tummy tuck, the recovery time required is typically shorter than that necessary for a full tummy tuck procedure. The surgery itself can often be completed in as little as two hours and patients can return home shortly afterward, on the same day. In most cases, light work and other activities can be resumed within one to two weeks of the surgery. However, strenuous exercises should be avoided for six weeks in order to allow your body sufficient time to heal. You will be required to wear an abdominal support garment for three to six weeks following the procedure to reduce swelling and compress your abdomen.While recovering from a mini tummy tuck is typically easier than recuperating from a traditional abdominoplasty procedure, it is crucial to follow all aftercare instructions that your surgeon provides so you can see optimal results and a speedy recovery. To learn more about healing after a mini tummy tuck in Toronto, please contact our clinic today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jerome Edelstein or Dr. Kunaal Jindal, leading body contour plastic surgeons dedicated to helping patients achieve their aesthetic goals.




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