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Successfully losing body fat through diet and exercise will depend on your unique genetic factors, lifestyle habits, health, and environment. Many adults struggle with excess body fat despite their numerous efforts to slim down, especially around the abdomen and waist. Since belly fat could be due to genetics, nutrition, or stress, it is one of the most common areas of the body to hold extra fat for adults.

To properly address this issue, a mini tummy tuck in Mishawaka reduces abdominal fat while improving loose, excess skin to enhance the contours of the body. Due to the smaller treatment area than with a complete tummy tuck, the procedure requires less recovery time but still provides substantial results. Schedule a consultation with a board-certified tummy tuck plastic surgeon to learn if the mini version of an abdominoplasty can make a difference for you.

Reasons to Consider a Mini Tummy Tuck Procedure

Compared to a complete tummy tuck, a mini tummy tuck surgery in Mishawaka offers several advantages. Primarily, since the procedure is more localized, patients have a shorter recovery period, often returning to work after two weeks and achieving full recovery after six weeks. In addition, mini tummy tuck surgery will result in fewer and less visible scars that are easily hidden by clothing.

Another notable advantage of a mini tummy tuck is that women could become pregnant after surgery without impacting their results since it does not correct the entire abdomen. It should be noted that pregnancy could still result in the return of excess fat and stretched skin on the lower stomach.

Possible Results from a Mini Tummy Tuck

Since a mini tummy tuck procedure in Mishawaka focuses on a specific, smaller abdominal area, there are fewer cosmetic corrections involved than with a complete procedure. Specifically, a mini tuck removes excess fat and skin from below the belly button and extends to the top of the pubic area, which is a general problem area for adults. Therefore, the surgery does not remove excess fat or sculpt the muscle contours from the mid and upper abdominal area.

In addition to lower abdominal fat removal, mini tummy tuck surgery could tighten and strengthen the lower abdominal muscles. Further, a mini procedure cannot repair any separated and weakened abdominal muscles from pregnancy and childbirth. For some people, this may not be an issue, and the smaller procedure makes sense for what their personal goals are.

Lastly, a mini tummy tuck reduces loose, excess skin due to weight loss or declining collagen production from the lower abdomen. For some women, trimming excess skin from this area could remove stretch marks and reduce additional scarring by using previous C-section scars for incision points.

Learn More About a Mini Tummy Tuck in Mishawaka

If you are debating between a full tummy tuck or a mini tummy tuck in Mishawaka, the areas where you carry excess stomach fat will likely be the deciding factor. A mini procedure exclusively removes excess fat and loose skin from the lower abdomen below the belly button. Though the surgery results in less scarring and recovery time, a mini procedure is not ideal if you want abdominal enhancements on your upper abdomen and rib cage. For those who only want to see an improvement in a smaller area, this provides a smart alternative to the full surgery.

Weight gain after the procedure could undo the surgical results, so follow a balanced diet and engage in exercise regularly to maintain your definition. The experienced plastic surgeons at The Centre, P.C. can sit down with you during a consultation and provide insight as to which type of tummy tuck will get you to your ideal body.

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Dr. Downs
Dr. Downs

Ronald K. Downs, M.D., F.A.C.S. founded The Centre, P.C. in Elkhart, Indiana in 1992. He is an active member in the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Downs is also a member of The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, The American Medical Association, The Ohio Valley Plastic Surgery Society, The Rush Surgical Society, and The Indiana State Medical Association where he serves on the board of directors and has served as the president from 2003 to 2004.

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Dr. Macias

Dr. Macias completed her plastic and reconstructive surgery residency training at Spectrum Health/Michigan State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is currently Board-Eligible with the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

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Dr. Viscardi
Dr. Viscardi

Patrick J. Viscardi, M.D. has been part of the surgical team at The Centre, P.C. since 1998. Dr. Viscardi graduated from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, as a summa cum laude. He received his Doctor of Medicine Degree from the University of Rochester in New York. Dr. Viscardi completed his internship and general surgery residency at the University of Louisville, where he served as chief resident from 1994 to 1995.

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