We all want to look and feel our best, yet we don’t always have the money or time to do so, especially in this down economy. Luckily, there are still ways you can still look young, fresh, and fit, such as with mini plastic surgery procedures.

WHAT IS A MINI PLASTIC SURGERY PROCEDURE?

A mini plastic surgery procedure is just as it sounds—a minimized and more pinpointed version of a full plastic surgery procedure. For example, a mini tummy tuck is much like a full tummy tuck in that excess skin and fat are removed from the abdomen. However, in a mini tummy tuck procedure, no abdominal tightening is required and the muscles do not need to be stitched together. This means that a smaller incision is required (which means less scarring) and that the downtime after the procedure is much shorter.

However, mini procedures are not for everyone. For example, in the case of a mini tummy tuck, the patient needs to have relatively tight skin and only a moderate amount of fat and skin that needs to be removed. A good candidate would be someone who does eat healthily and exercise but just can’t seem to get rid of that tummy pooch. Or, perhaps, a mother who has been trying to lose her ‘mummy tummy’ but is finding that sit-ups and a strict diet just aren’t giving her the flat abs she desires.

Someone who wouldn’t fit for this mini procedure would be someone with very loose skin (for instance, someone who recently lost a dramatic amount of weight in a short period of time, such as through gastric bypass surgery) and with a lot of fat which needs to be removed. In this case, a full tummy tuck would be needed in order to give the patient the results they desire.

WHAT ARE THE OTHER TYPES OF MINI PROCEDURES THAT ARE AVAILABLE?

The Mini Neck Lift

People who have a “turkey neck” (which occurs when the skin on the neck and chin becomes loose due to aging) might want to consider a mini neck lift. A middle-aged patient with this problem is a good candidate for a mini neck lift, as they do not need as much of a lift as someone who is more advanced in years.

The Mini Lipo Procedure

People who want to fine tune a few problem areas on their body, but not need a dramatic amount of skin and fat removed, might consider a mini lipo procedure. With mini lipo, the instruments used are smaller and more focused, which means that the surgeon has more control, and is thus better able to contour the body for a more natural and pleasing result.

The Mini Arm Lift

People who have lost weight often struggle with excess skin on the upper arms, and a mini arm lift might be a good option for these people. The mini arm lift is a minor revision of the upper arms, in which excess skin and fat are removed to create a more toned and firm appearance. One of the benefits of a mini arm lift is that the scar can be hidden quite well inside the patient’s armpit, whereas a full arm lift leaves an unavoidable scar along the inside of the upper arm.

Remember, if you are considering plastic surgery, speak to a licensed plastic surgeon about what procedure is right for you. You might be a great candidate for a mini-procedure, with a smaller cost, less downtime, but with the same beautiful results!