If you have a sagging tummy after giving birth, then you may be concerned about your appearance. However, a serious and invasive cosmetic procedure may not be exactly what you are looking for either. In this case, you can often opt for something other than a traditional tummy tuck. There are a few options available to you, so keep reading to learn about them.
Scarless Tummy Tuck
A scarless tummy tuck procedure is a special type of cosmetic surgery that uses extremely small incisions. These incisions allow your cosmetic professional to insert a small endoscopic tool into the abdominal region. Once inside, the tool is used to pull on the abdominal muscles to tighten them. In most cases, sutures secure the muscles after they are positioned. This is similar to the way a facelift is performed.
Scarless tummy tucks are not actually scarless, but the incision used is about one-quarter to one-eighth of the length of a traditional procedure. This greatly minimizes the scar and it may not be noticeable once healing is complete. And, the healing time is significantly reduced due to this.
This sort of surgery is ideal if the abdominal muscles have separated during pregnancy. This condition is called diastasis recti and it is common for individuals who have become pregnant over the age of 35 or who have carried multiple babies at once. You should know that the procedure will not produce significant results though if you have more than a moderate bulge along the abdomen.
Mini Tummy Tuck
If you have some bulging fat in addition to sagging musculature, then a mini tummy tuck might be a better option than a scarless procedure. You will still get the same muscle tightening as you would with the endoscopic procedure. However, in addition, a small section of fat is removed and the skin is tightened as well.
Unlike a full tummy tuck procedure that extends above the belly button and across to each pelvis bone, the mini procedure is completed below the naval. Also, a smaller sliver of fat is removed and this may be a quarter of what is released during a full operation. The incision will extend along the full length of the abdomen, but it will not reach the pubic bones. This means an incision that is a few incisions shorter on each side.
While the incision is longer, it is much thinner than that of a full tummy tuck. This means that there is less of a chance of discoloration and the appearance of the incision area when wearing underwear or a bathing suit.