A mini tummy tuck will most often use on the incision line near the pubic region. Because the mini tucking procedure only addresses excess skin below the belly button, the traditional belly button incision is often not necessary. The main factor that determines the extent to a surgical excisions scarring is the skin tension.
With a mini tummy tuck scar, there is far less tension because the excess skin is localized to the small region below the belly button. In addition, Dr. Mowlavi utilizes layered closure to further reduce tension off of the skin layer. This occurs by closing the muscle layer first, followed by skin closure.
Post-operative care also aids in maintaining the ideal abdominal contour that patients receive following any mini tummy tuck procedure. It is important to keep an incision line clean and dry after surgery.
As early as one month following surgery, you will be recommended topical silicone gel treatment of your incisions. This gel will be applied to your incision line(s) daily during the second month of healing.
If Dr. Mowlavi feels that your incision line is redder than desired, then he will recommend a series of laser treatments using IPL. If your incision line is raised, Dr. Mowlavi will recommend steroid injection of the lines performed at 6-week intervals until the incision lines are flat.
This 53-year-old female 1-month following mini tummy tuck resulting in narrowing of her torso and improved figure in clothes. This patient demonstrates a jump from 6 to 8 points. Additional VASER liposuction is needed to bring her to 9-10 points.