Facts on Mini-abdominoplasty
|Treatment methods:||Incision above pubic region|
|Treatment duration:||60-90 min|
|Anaesthesia:||Local anaesthetic, with sedation if required, or general anaesthetic|
|Aftercare:||Supporting garment, check-ups after 10–12 days, 6 weeks, 6 months and 1 year|
|Removal of sutures:||Absorbable sutures used|
|Costs:||From 4,200 EUR|
Many of our patients come to us because they want a flat, toned stomach. In our society, a slim torso is part of our ideal of beauty for men and women alike. Unfortunately, many people find that exercise alone isn’t enough to achieve the body shape they desire. The stomach often doesn’t form back into shape following pregnancy or significant weight loss. Excess skin and stubborn subcutaneous fat can cause a person to feel ill at ease in their own body.
If someone has tried everything and still been unable to achieve the body shape they want, we can perform abdominoplasty to help them realise their goal. For some patients, the problem areas are exclusively below the navel. In such cases, a mini-abdominoplasty is often extensive enough to create an aesthetic silhouette. A gentle, less wide-ranging method to tauten the abdomen, this smaller procedure leaves the navel untouched. What’s more, the surgical scope, costs and risks involved are considerably lower than for classic abdominoplasty.
At Central Aesthetics, we’re always happy to provide personal consultations on mini-abdominoplasty. In terms of opting for classic or simplified abdominoplasty, we always keep the patient’s wishes and requirements at the forefront of our thinking. Of course, we’d be happy to answer any queries in detail, and would be delighted to help you on the journey to your dream figure.
Frequently asked questions on mini-abdominoplasty
Mini-abdominoplasty is a reduced form of classic abdominoplasty. In this procedure, treatment is restricted to the area below the navel. Conventional abdominoplasty is a complex procedure in which the surgeon not only removes skin and fat tissue but also repositions the patient’s navel. They also work to tighten the abdominal muscles. As a result, the conventional procedure is complicated and time-intensive; it also requires a relatively long rest and recovery period.
Mini-abdominoplasty only involves removing excess skin and subcutaneous fatty tissues. To do this, the surgeon separates the skin and fat tissue from the abdominal muscles without affecting the muscles themselves. In most cases, the navel is also left in position. This shortened procedure offers various advantages for the patient: not only is it cheaper and less risky than classic abdominoplasty, the resulting surgical scars are also considerably smaller. Surgical incisions are made in inconspicuous locations above the pubic area.
Mini-abdominoplasty is a treatment option for patients with excess skin and fatty tissue exclusively in the lower abdominal area. This generally occurs in people who are only slightly overweight or who simply can’t shift the last, stubborn deposits of fat in their lower abdomen.
If, on the other hand, the patient also suffers from excess tissues in or above the navel region, a classic abdominoplasty is usually a better choice. What’s more, slackened stomach muscles are not treated in a mini-abdominoplasty. If you’d like, we’d be happy to arrange a one-to-one consultation in our practice to discuss which method would be most effective in your individual case.
The recovery period following mini-abdominoplasty is considerably shorter than that after classic abdominoplasty. In fact, you’ll be able to get back to your usual social commitments after only 1–2 days. The period of convalescence is shortened considerably by the surgical method used, which is kind to the retained tissues.
After the surgery, drains and a small compressive garment will be fitted to the wounds. You might experience a slight feeling of tightness after the operation, but considerably less than would be the case following classic abdominoplasty. This means that the patient shouldn’t be restricted in going about their daily life.
Mini-abdominoplasty allows us to achieve immediate yet long-lasting results. For the tightening effects to last, the patient must also adjust their lifestyle accordingly. After mini-abdominoplasty, you should make an effort to prevent significant weight gain by eating a healthy, nutritious diet. If you do this, it’s unlikely that any further significant fat deposits or excess skin will develop.
Mini-abdominoplasty does result in scarring; however, this scar is much smaller than is the case in classic abdominoplasty. What’s more, the scar heals better as there’s considerably less strain on the sutures. The scar runs above the pubic region and can usually be easily hidden beneath underwear or a bathing suit.
Mini-abdominoplasty is far less complex than classic abdominoplasty, thereby reducing the risks involved. Of course, as with all surgical procedures, in isolated cases general surgical complications can arise. These include secondary haemorrhages, infections, wound healing deficits or accumulations of pus and other fluids. However, when carried out competently and correctly, there are usually no serious complications to worry about in mini-abdominoplasty.
Mini-abdominoplasty involves less risk, is a shorter procedure and is less expensive than classic abdominoplasty. It also takes a far lesser physical toll on the patient involved. The same applies to the required rest period, which is usually a matter of just a few days. Most patients recover from the procedure fairly quickly. Just as is the case for normal abdominoplasty, patients do have to wear a compressive garment after surgery – though it is somewhat smaller. As a result, mini-abdominoplasty barely impacts on patients’ daily lives.
The reduced scarring is a further advantage of the smaller procedure. The scar is smaller than in major abdominoplasty, which means it can also be hidden more easily. In most cases, the surgical scars disappear completely beneath underwear or bathing suits.
The price of mini-abdominoplasty varies between €4.200, though the precise cost depends on your individual situation and the scope of treatment required.
As our services are not covered by health insurance schemes, health insurance providers will not cover the costs of mini-abdominoplasty. Generally speaking, it’s rare for statutory insurance providers to cover the costs of abdominoplasty.
If stubborn excess skin or fat deposits in the lower abdominal area don’t want to shift, mini-abdominoplasty can help you on your way to achieving your dream figure. The result is a more gentle, lower-risk procedure than classic abdominoplasty, but one which also achieves a lasting tightening effect. You can contact us via our contact form or by telephone at +49 (0)69 902 871 13. We look forward to hearing from you!