Mini Tummy Tuck Surgeon: Dr. Jugenburg

Do you have some excess skin below your belly button, or stubborn lower abdominal fat that isn’t responding to exercise? Do you have an unsightly skin fold following a C-section?  For many women and men who are in excellent physical shape but have excess fat and skin just above the pubic area, a mini tummy tuck performed by Dr. Jugenburg might be the right solution for you.

In contrast to a traditional tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) surgery, a mini tummy tuck only addresses the excess fat and skin just above the pubic area, and involves a smaller scar and faster recovery. This excess fat and skin is most common in women after pregnancy and C-sections, and exercise alone won’t eliminate the problem.

A traditional tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) addresses the muscles above and below the belly button, along with excessive or loose skin, But for patients who have a tight abdominal wall that doesn’t protrude significantly, and haven’t lost a significant amount of weight with resulting excessive sagging skin, a mini tummy tuck might be a better procedure.

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Differences Between a Mini Tummy Tuck and Tummy Tuck

There are many difference between a mini tummy tuck and a full tummy tuck. The main difference is that with a mini tummy tuck the area at and above the navel is not treated, so there is no scar or repositioning of the navel. Other differences include:

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Benefits of a Mini Tummy Tuck

There are many benefits that are associated with a mini tummy tuck. First, it is much less invasive than a traditional abdominoplasty, which means a much shorter recovery period for the patient. Other benefits include:

  • Less scarring than with a traditional abdominoplasty
  • No repositioning of your belly button
  • Procedure is available to a wider group of people, including patients who are not suitable candidates for a full tummy tuck because of scarring from previous procedures
  • More economical than a full tummy tuck

For those patients who don’t require any additional contour sculpting above the belly button, and do not have a significantly protruding abdominal muscle wall, the mini tummy tuck is the procedure of choice.

Am I a Candidate for a Mini Tummy Tuck?

The best candidates for a mini tummy tuck are patients with skin and excessive fatty tissue that is limited to the area below the belly button.Women who have a little pouch above their C-section scars are the ideal candidates.  Patients may have a slim abdomen, but want it sculpted into a more attractive look. The patient should also have good muscle tone to the abdominal muscles and be in good health.

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In addition, patients should have:

  • Stable weight
  • Good skin tone and skin elasticity
  • Only a small amount of abdominal skin to be removed
  • Realistic expectations from the surgery

 

You should also be in good health, as this is key for proper healing and recovery after your procedure.

The best way to determine if you are a good candidate for the mini tummy tuck surgery versus full abdominoplasty is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jugenburg. He will determine the best procedure for your specific situation.

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Your Mini Tummy Tuck consultation

Choosing a cosmetic surgery procedure is always an important decision that should never be rushed. That is why Dr. Jugenburg always takes the time to get to know his patients and their reasons for wanting a Mini Tummy Tuck during a consultation. During this meeting, you will have a general health check and discuss all the implications and outcomes of Mini Tummy Tuck surgery to ensure that you are fully informed and prepared to enter the operating theatre. This is also a time when you can ask any questions that you might have about Mini Tummy Tuck surgery in a private, but friendly clinic environment.

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A Complementary Procedure: Liposuction

Many patients opt to have liposuction done at the same time as a mini tummy tuck, to address specific areas on their bodies. These may include love handles, fat pockets above the belly button and other areas. Liposuction is usually performed in conjunction with a mini tummy tuck to help contour the waist area and de-fat the upper and lower abdomen, flanks and pubic area, helping to provide the best shape to the tummy.

Liposuction involves placing several small incisions, followed by fat extraction using a cannula. The procedure causes some bruising and swelling, along with mild discomfort at the incision sites. When done with a mini tummy tuck, it is done immediately after the mini tummy tuck procedure to contour the problem areas in one operation.

Dr. Jugenburg can discuss this procedure with you at the time of your consultation, and determine the best approach based on your goals and his physical examination.

What Can You Expect With Mini Tummy Tuck Surgery

The best way to determine if a mini tummy tuck is the right procedure for you is to have an initial consultation with Dr. Jugenburg. You will have an opportunity to discuss your goals and expectations with the doctor, and ask any relevant questions you have about the surgery.

During your initial consultation, Dr. Jugenburg will:

  • Review your medical history and any medications you are taking
  • Discuss the part of your body that you would like treated
  • Provide recommendations based on you needs and your goals

Dr. Jugenburg will listen to your needs, expectations and your desired outcome from the mini tummy tuck. The doctor will discuss the procedure with you, and answer any questions you may have. You will be able to tour our state-of-the-art surgical facility located in the beautiful Fairmont Royal York Hotel. During this time you will also be able to meet with our caring staff that will be part of your team.

Your surgery is usually performed under general anesthesia. An alternative is local anesthesia with sedation. Dr. Jugenburg will determine the best type of anesthesia based on the procedure and your specific needs.

At the time of surgery, an incision is made horizontally across the lower abdomen, just above the pubic mound. Unlike a full tummy tuck, the incision does not go from hipbone to hipbone, but rather from mid thigh to mid thigh.

The skin is then loosened from abdominal wall. The lower abdominal muscles can be pulled into a tighter position, excess fat is removed, and then the muscles are sutured.Once the procedure is completed, the incision will be sutured and bandaged. You may be given an elastic bandage or compression garment to wear in order to minimize swelling to support the abdomen as it heals.

Compared to a full tummy tuck, the mini tummy tuck is not as painful. There will be discomfort, which will be managed by the prescription pain medication Dr. Jugenburg ordered for you. After the surgery, you may want to spend the first night in one of the beautifully appointed rooms in the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, and you will be seen the following morning before being released to go home. This makes for a safer recovery and more convenient for your post-surgical appointment – in your room. Having our staff visit you in your hotel room the next day is comforting and less stressful then driving back to the clinic to be seen.

Dr. Jugenburg and his expert nurses will see you at regularly scheduled intervals during the weeks following the surgery. This is done so the doctor can personally monitor your recovery process, and to ensure that you have the best results possible.

The tummy tuck surgery will leave your abdomen bruised and swollen, which will diminish over a period of a week. Recovery from mini tummy tuck surgery requires rest and taking it easy. The first two days following the surgery are usually the most uncomfortable.  After the first two days you’ll notice a dramatic improvement in how you feel.

During your recovery you should avoid strenuous physical activity, and you may need to limit your physical activity from four to six weeks. After your mini tummy tuck procedure, you will have a flatter, firmer abdominal contour. The actual results may be hidden due to swelling at first, but you will begin to see your new slimmer profile within one to two weeks after surgery. Depending on the surgery, it may take anywhere from several weeks or months to see the final results.

During recovery it is critical that you refrain from smoking. Smoking deprives your body of oxygen, which increases the risk of wound breakdown and infection following the surgery.

Mini Tummy Tuck FAQs

  • You will discuss your medications with Dr. Jugenburg during your initial consultation, and the doctor may have you stop taking certain medications prior to your surgery. Do not smoke for at least two weeks before the procedure, and at least two weeks after. Be sure to drink a lot of water in the days leading up to your surgery.

  • After the incision is made, the muscles in the abdomen below the navel can be tightened, and excess fat removed. The skin is tightened, muscles are tightened as required, and the belly is flatter. Your incision is sutured, and bandages are applied.

  • The traditional tummy tuck is done for patients with large amounts of excess skin and fat, along with significant weakness in the abdominal wall. A “mini” tummy tuck is for patients who only have mild to moderate stomach contour changes and have minimal excess skin and little weakness in the abdominal wall. Dr. Jugenburg will determine the best procedure for your particular situation.

  • There will be pain, bruising and swelling following the surgery, but it won’t be as intense as a traditional tummy tuck.Your pain will be controlled with prescription medication. After the first two days you will notice a dramatic difference in how you feel. You will be required to refrain from strenuous activity following your surgery from four to six weeks.

  • You will notice a marked improvement immediately after your surgery. As the swelling subsides over the next week or so, the results of the procedure will be in full effect. It may take as long as several months to see final results.

  • This varies from patient to patient. If you have a job that requires physical exertion, you may have to wait from 2-4 weeks to return to work after surgery. Dr. Jugenburg will discuss this with you during your consultation.

  • If you maintain a healthy lifestyle that includes a healthy diet and regular exercise, the results you obtain with your mini tummy tuck should remain. Please remember that no cosmetic surgery procedure is a permanent solution, as your body will continue to age.

  • Although it is possible, we feel that you should wait to have the procedure until after you are finished having children, as this will help to both maximize and prolong the results achieved with the procedure.

  • The mini tummy tuck is often combined with other procedures, such as liposuction and breast augmentation. Having these procedures at the same time as a tummy tuck helps you avoid multiple surgeries. Dr. Jugenburg will be happy to discuss these procedures during your consultation.

  • All surgeries leave scars, but because of the innovative surgical techniques used by Dr. Jugenburg, you will have less discomfort, a lower and better concealed scar and a scar that is thinner than one found in a traditional tummy tuck.

  • Moderate exercise can begin within 2–3 weeks. More strenuous exercise, including running or heavy lifting, can usually begin within 4-6 weeks after your surgery.

  • As with all cosmetic surgeries, there are some risks involved. These risks include bleeding, infection and collection of fluid under the skin, swelling and blood clots. Our operating suite is state-of-the-art, and we do everything we can to minimize the risks associated with surgery. Most importantly, Dr. Jugenburg and his team have various protocols in place to prevent complications from occurring.