When you sit down with a plastic surgeon on your initial consultation, they will often give you a thorough physical assessment and plan to address your areas of concern. The key to any good body contouring procedure is measuring the amount of extra fat vs extra skin.
The high definition liposuction body scale was designed to train surgeons in an objective way to address skin and fat and create a personalized plan for each patient. As part of the body scale, patients that score a 5 or 6 show moderate skin redundancy and require a mini tucking procedure. So what is a mini tummy tuck?
Mini Tummy Tuck
As opposed to a full tummy tuck, a mini tuck involves a smaller incision line hidden in your bikini line and does not address muscle looseness. A mini tummy tuck is used when the skin redundancy is too severe for just VASER liposuction and RENUVION skin tightening.
The High Definition Mini Tummy Tuck
At your initial consultation with Dr. Mowlavi, he will provide you with your high definition liposuction body scale score. The end goal for every patient at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Institute is to reach a perfect 9 or 10 score on the scale.
A mini tummy tuck is used simultaneously with high definition VASER liposuction to bring an abdomen of 5 or 6 to 9/10 points. A high definition mini tummy tuck includes using VASER liposuction to comprehensively remove all of the fat from your abdomen while also excising and redundant skin below the belly button to truly highlight the abdominal muscles.
The keys to a successful high definition mini tummy tuck includes creating strong, straight lines in the abdomen (linea alba, semilunar line) by completely removing any fat in the area, removing enough skin below the belly button to create a vertical oval-shaped belly button and placing the incision in a position that will be hidden in the bikini line.
If you want to know your HDL Body Scale score and if the high definition mini tummy tuck is the right procedure for you, contact us to schedule your in-person or virtual consultation with Dr. Mowlavi M.D. FACS today.