Dr. Shawn Birchenough is a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in breast surgery and aesthetics. Dr. Katherine Birchenough is only the fourth physician in South Carolina to be board-certified in functional medicine, and she is certified in peptide therapy, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, emergency medicine, and pediatrics. At OptimalSelf MD, we offer tummy tuck and mini tummy tuck surgery for men and women in Greenville, Simpsonville, Greer, Spartanburg, and the surrounding communities in South Carolina.
What is a Tummy Tuck and Mini Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck is recommended if a large amount of skin and fat needs to be removed from the abdominal area, or if the skin and fat and muscles above the umbilicus need to be addressed. Take a look at our tummy tuck before and after photos. A mini abdominoplasty (or “mini tummy tuck”) may be all you need if the shape of the lower abdomen has been changed by weight loss, pregnancy, or aging. Typically, patients are not pleased with the way their lower abdomen bulges when they are sitting or bending over. Be sure to browse our mini tummy tuck before and after photos.
How Much Does a Tummy Tuck and Mini Tummy Tuck Cost?
At OptimalSelf MD, we understand that you want to feel good about yourself, yet cost may be a primary consideration. We recommend that you schedule a consultation as a first step. As part of the consultation, we explain your tummy tuck or mini tummy tuck cost, and payment can be made by cash, check, and credit card. We also work with CareCredit® and Alphaeon® to offer our patients financing options.
Who is a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck and Mini Tummy Tuck?
The best candidates for a tummy tuck or mini tummy tuck are ones that are in good physical condition. If you have a small area that bothers you under your belly button, a mini tummy tuck is ideal, and if you have areas above and below your belly button, then a full tummy tuck is best, especially if these areas don’t respond to diet and exercise. And while it is impossible to not have some laxity here (to allow us to stand, stretch and move!), skin and fat can be removed and the muscles can be tightened to help improve the contour.
Women who plan to have children are advised to delay their mini tummy tuck until after pregnancy. Patients who intend to lose a lot of weight are also encouraged to wait until they reach their “sustainable weight” (the weight that they can maintain with an appropriate diet and reasonable exercise).
What Can I Expect During a Tummy Tuck and Mini Tummy Tuck?
If the muscle and fascia (tough tissue that connects our muscles together) have stretched out due to pregnancy, then this can be tightened. A single small roll of loose skin and fat, limited to the area between the pubis and the umbilicus, can be removed during a tummy tuck and mini tummy tuck. A mini tummy tuck usually takes about one a half hours to two hours, and is usually performed with oral sedation or with general anesthesia. The full tummy tuck procedure takes a bit longer.
An incision is made just above the pubic area, and excess fat and skin are removed and the muscle is tightened if needed. Liposuction of the flanks can be added on and performed through this incision. The skin is brought down and sutured closed. A drain may be placed, but typically comes out after three to seven days. For a regular tummy tuck and mini tummy tuck, liposuction can be used during the surgery to help contour the oblique areas (“love handles”) to give the best shape possible around the entire waist and hips!
How Long Will It Take Me to Recover from a Tummy Tuck and Mini Tummy Tuck?
Mini tummy tuck recovery is shorter than tummy tuck recovery because of the smaller incisions, no scars around the belly button, less-invasive surgery, shorter downtime, and quicker return to exercise. Social downtime is minimal, and patients can go out and do normal social activities within five days. Physical downtime usually is about three to four weeks, prior to doing strenuous exercise or stomach activities. Tummy tuck scars take about one year to fade, and the skin will be slightly darker than your natural skin color. A mini tummy tuck scar is the same as a normal tummy tuck scar.
Can I Schedule a Consultation for a Tummy Tuck and Mini Tummy Tuck?
If you are considering tummy tuck surgery, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Shawn. You can have a free 15-minute consultation by phone or schedule an in-office consultation for a fee.
OptimalSelf MD is the first center in South Carolina to offer plastic surgery, aesthetics, and wellness for men and women in Greenville, Simpsonville, Greer, Spartanburg, and the nearby areas of South Carolina. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to discuss your tummy tuck and mini tummy tuck options. Dr. Shawn Birchenough is a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in breast surgery and aesthetics. Dr. Katherine Birchenough is only the fourth physician in South Carolina to be board-certified in functional medicine, and she is certified in peptide therapy, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, emergency medicine, and pediatrics. At OptimalSelf MD, we offer tummy tuck and mini tummy tuck surgery for men and women in Greenville, Simpsonville, Greer, Spartanburg, and the surrounding communities in South Carolina.