What Is a Partial Abdominoplasty?
Partial abdominoplasty, also known as a mini tummy tuck, is a significantly different procedure from the normal abdominoplasty, requiring much less time to perform and to recover from.
In a full abdominoplasty, a long incision is made from hip to hip above the pubic area, but low enough on the abdomen so that any resulting scar can be easily concealed by underwear or a bathing suit.Another incision is made around the navel, and excess skin is removed.The abdominal muscles are tightened, and some fat may be removed using liposuction.Then the remaining skin is reposition, with an incision made to allow the navel to be properly positioned.
A partial abdominoplasty, on the other hand, will only tighten skin between the navel and the pubic area.A short incision is made just above the pubic area, not necessarily all the way across, allowing excess skin and fat to be removed from the lower abdomen.It is also possible to tighten the muscles of the abdomen.Once the excess fat and skin have been removed, the skin is brought back together, leaving an even smaller, more discreet scar.
In addition, Dr. Rai can perform an endoscopic abdominoplasty.In an endoscopic abdominoplasty, only relatively small incisions are made:just large enough to allow the endoscope to enter the body.During an endoscopic abdominoplasty, little if any skin is removed.Instead, the primary effect of an endoscopic tummy tuck is the tightening of the abdominal muscles, which, for the right people, can create quite dramatic results with little downtime and almost no scars.
You can see some representative images of abdominoplasty results in our before and after gallery.Every person’s body is different, so every person’s abdominoplasty will be different.To learn more about YOUR abdominoplasty, contact Dr. Rai today for a detailed consultation.
Dr. Vasdev Rai
Dr. Vasdev Rai has performed more than 25,000 cosmetic surgeries over his more than 30 years in practice as a Dallas plastic surgeon. He is a board-certified plastic surgeon who was first certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery in 1983. Learn More...
Dr. Surjit Rai
Dr. Surjit Rai was born and raised in Plano, Texas. Being the son of a plastic surgeon, Dr. Rai had the unique opportunity to see first-hand the impact a plastic surgeon can have. He knew at a young age that he would dedicate his life and academic career towards the goal of becoming a plastic surgeon. Learn More...