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Choosing the Right Procedures

I have worked as a receptionist at a popular cosmetic surgery office for the past ten years, and I have seen every type of cosmetic surgery and recovery that you could imagine. Unfortunately, some patients are much better at choosing their procedures than others. For example, we had one patient that opted to have ten nose jobs in a row, which lead to a deformed bridge and a super tiny nose tip. Unfortunately, when she came back a few months later to have the problem corrected, the doctors didn't have enough tissue to work with. On my website, you will learn how to decide which procedures are right for you, so that you aren't left regretting your decisions down the road.

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A Mini Tummy Tuck Might Be The Answer For Your Stomach Bulge That Doesn't Respond To Exercise

by Michelle Austin

If you live a healthy lifestyle and are at your ideal weight, a stomach bulge can be very discouraging. A bulge can be caused by loose skin, stretched muscles, or stored fat. It seems like no matter how much you exercise, your stomach won't return to the flat position it had when you were young. If this sounds like you, a mini tummy tuck might be able to help. Here's some information about the procedure.

A Mini Tummy Tuck Repairs The Lower Abdomen

This procedure isn't right for everyone. If you have a bulge above your belly button, a lot of loose skin over your abdomen, and excess fat in the area, a full tummy tuck would probably be a better option. The mini procedure repairs a small bulge confined to the area below your belly button. It could be suitable if you don't need to lose more weight and you're not planning on becoming pregnant.

The Incision And Scar Are Small

One benefit of having this procedure is that the scar is much smaller than the scar from a full tummy tuck. It is sometimes called a scarless tummy tuck, but that's only because the scar is so small and well hidden that it's difficult to see. The incision is made low on your abdomen just above your pubic hair. Your belly button usually isn't repositioned with a mini procedure, so there won't be a scar around your navel.

Recovery Is Quicker After A Mini Tummy Tuck

During the procedure, the doctor tightens your lower abdominal muscles and skin so your abdominal area takes on a flatter shape. However, since the procedure is less invasive than a full tuck and the incision is smaller, your recovery will be quicker. The procedure may even be done as an outpatient. You'll still need to take off work and follow your doctor's instructions so your incision heals properly, but your downtime won't be as long as it would be with a regular tummy tuck.

If you're not happy with the appearance of your stomach area, visit a cosmetic doctor or clinic like Gary Takowsky MD, A Plastic Surgery Group for an evaluation. There are several approaches the doctor can take to remove fat and excess skin from the area and tighten loose muscles. If you've been overweight or pregnant, your muscles and skin may be stretched out so that exercise and diet won't help restore your flat shape. A tummy tuck may be the solution for making you happy with your appearance again.

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