We continue our education series this week discussing the pros and cons of a full Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) and a Mini Tummy Tuck (Mini-Abdominoplasty). The specific type of anesthesia is also an important point to consider. We believe both full Tummy Tuck and Mini Tummy Tuck can improve your quality of life, boost your self-esteem and self-confidence and is a safe procedure that Dr. Casas has performed many times over her 20+ year career as a cosmetic plastic surgeon. Please visit our informational procedure pages on Tummy Tuck, Mini Tummy Tuck as well as the respective before and after photos and patient testimonials.
We encourage you to take advantage of our expertise in different invasive and non-invasive fat reduction procedures by setting up an appointment (847-657-6884). Dr. Casas will also highlight the different fat reduction and body sculpting options (Body Lift, Liposuction, CoolSculpting, SmartLipo, Cellulaze (Cellulite Treatment), their advantages and disadvantages and what would be the optimal solution for you!
I’m in my mid-fifties and finally at a point in my life where I can focus on taking care of me. Ever since I had children, I’ve had loose abdominal skin that really bothers me. I’m interested in getting a tummy tuck, but I’m not sure which procedure would be best for me: mini tummy tuck or full tummy tuck? Do they require different types of anesthesia? I’ve only ever had an epidural when I had my children, and I’m nervous about having to go under general anesthesia.
Mini tummy tucks are best suited to those patients whose loose abdominal skin affects their lower abdomen only. For best results with a mini tummy tuck, good quality upper abdominal skin is required. If you want to test your own abdominal skin quality, bend over at the waist in front of a mirror. If a roll of loose skin forms above your waist, you may not be a good candidate for the mini tummy tuck and may want to consider a full tummy tuck instead.
Decisions about what type of anesthesia will be best for you are made in conjunction with a board-certified anesthesiologist. It is possible to perform both mini and full tummy tucks under general or local anesthesia. Local anesthesia with oral sedation often is adequate for mini abdominoplasty and the procedure is performed in the office. Smart Lipo can also be used to tighten upper abdominal skin and reduce small collections of fat. Which operation best matches your needs will be discussed with Dr. Casas at the time of your consultation.
How can I get more information?
Call now for your complimentary consultation.
You may reach us at the Chicago North Shore suburbs of Glenview (847-657-6884).
Dr. Laurie A. Casas and her team will work with you to develop a treatment plan for your cosmetic and aesthetic wishes.
Author: Dr. Laurie A. Casas, www.casas.md – MD, FACS
2050 Pfingsten Road – Suite 270 – Glenview, IL 60026
The University of Chicago Medical Center – 5841 S. Maryland Avenue – Chicago, IL 60637
Central Phone: (847) 657-6884