Mini Tummy Tuck Before and After – Is a Mini Right For You?

You probably hear about tummy tuck procedures all the time, whether it’s on Instagram, Facebook, or from those in your social circle. If the idea of a full tummy tuck is daunting, you will be relieved to know that you have other options.

In partnership with his team of surgeons at Qazi Cosmetic Clinic, Dr. Nadir Qazi is now offering mini tummy tucks for all Orange County patients!

What Does a Mini Tummy Tuck Before and After Look Like?

When people hear “mini” before a procedure, they often think that the procedure is ineffective or too minor to give them real results. A mini tummy tuck is not like that. 

A mini tummy tuck is just as effective for a body transformation as a full tummy tuck. The key difference is that a mini is best for people who do not have as much belly fat or loose skin. This means that it is ideal for anyone who:

  • Is 5 or fewer pounds away from losing the baby weight and can’t quite get there
  • Have less than a handful of loose skin on their abdomen
  • Want to smooth their figure subtly
  • Likes their waist size but doesn’t like the loose and crepey skin on their belly
  • Considers themselves “skinny-fat” and just wanted to be “skinny”
  • Wants to go down several pant sizes

When you get a mini tummy tuck, the before and after is not as transformative as a full tummy tuck. The benefit of this is that you will still look and feel like yourself. When you return to work or attend social events after your procedure, everyone will be asking how you did it. Because the results look like something that could be achieved through dieting, no one will ever guess that you skipped the juice diet.

What’s a Mini Tummy Tuck?

Most people are familiar with tummy tuck procedures. It is a type of cosmetic surgery where loose skin and extra stomach fat are removed while the patient is under general anesthesia. A mini tummy tuck is very similar to a full tummy tuck, the only difference is that less tissue is removed and the recovery is slightly easier.

During a full tummy tuck, the abdominal muscles are tightened or repaired, if they had been separated during pregnancy or exercise; this extra step does not occur in a mini tummy tuck. This means that a mini tummy tuck is not recommended for patients who want the procedure primarily to fix their diastasis recti.

Mini tummy tucks are ideal for slimmer patients because they are not as invasive. Because this abbreviated procedure does not remove as much tissue, it means smaller incision scars. Instead of walking away with a light scar that runs from hip to hip, you will have a mini scar that is only a few inches along in the middle of your lower belly. Smaller scars are easier to hide, often heal better, and open up more possibilities for the sexy outfits that you can wear without revealing the scar.

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    12 Reasons Why You Should Consider a Mini Tummy Tuck

    Dr. Qazi and his team of plastic surgeons see all kinds of patients for mini tummy tucks. It is a common misconception that only severely overweight people can benefit from a tummy tuck procedure. The truth is that almost anyone may be eligible for the procedure if they want it.

    Even if you appear slim when dressed, a mini tummy tuck may be right for you. It’s common for people to lose a large amount of weight on their own. They put in the work, stayed focused, and dreamed of the day when they could wear a bikini at the pool or go shirtless to the gym. But then, after all that hard work, they have reached their goal weight and are still not comfortable shirtless or in a bikini because they have loose skin on their abdomen. 

    You did the work, and sweated it out. You skipped donut Friday in the office and went months without a cheat day. Don’t you deserve to show all your stunning figure like everyone else?

    It isn’t your fault that you have some loose skin; no amount of celery juice or intermittent fasting can prevent skin from getting loose after weight loss. This is where a mini tummy tuck comes in. The procedure can get rid of all that unsightly loose skin and make you confident enough to strip down at the beach too!

    Patients at Qazi Cosmetic Clinic love their results after their mini tummy tucks.

    Here are the top 12 reasons why they were so glad that they got the procedure:

    1. It’s like the icing on the cake after a big weight loss for how it transforms the body.
    2. Getting rid of a little extra padding makes clothes fit better.
    3. It can help your career if you are trying to make it as a performer.
    4. A tightened belly can help you achieve your physique goals, especially for muscle competitors.
    5. A mini tummy tuck is much more affordable than the full version of the procedure.
    6. Moms feel better about themselves after they get their body back.
    7. A little smoothing in the belly area can make all kinds of clothing more flattering on you.
    8. It’s one of the best procedures out there to treat being “skinny-fat.”
    9. A mini tummy tuck can address stubborn pockets of belly fat that are not being fixed through diet and exercise alone.
    10. The procedure is ideal for men who want to go down a pant size.
    11. Being happy in your body usually translates to greater confidence, both in the workplace and in dating. 
    12. A trimmer figure makes people view you as more energetic, more competent at your job, and the kind of person who can pivot effectively.
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    Mini Tummy Tuck vs Full Tummy Tuck: Which Procedure is Right for Me?

    The ideal candidate for any type of tummy tuck is someone who is in overall good health and has a stable weight. To get either version of the procedure, you will need to have one of the following concerns, which is severe enough to justify surgery: 

    • Diastasis recti (separated abdominal muscles)
    • Excess belly fat
    • Loose skin on the abdomen

    If you think that you are a good candidate for a type of tummy tuck, there are a few ways to determine if a full or a mini is right for you.

    Do You Have Diastasis Recti?

    This is a condition in which the abdominal muscles become separated. It can happen during pregnancy or as an injury during exercise.

    Common symptoms include:

    • Bulging of the belly
    • Abdominal and pelvic pain
    • Abdominal weakness
    • Difficulty lifting objects or walking
    • Lower back pain
    • Poor posture
    • Constipation 

    In some cases, diastasis recti will resolve on its own. If it does not, you may need to see a physical therapist in order to heal your abdominal muscles through exercises. If physical therapy is unable to fix the diastasis recti, then it will be necessary to get a tummy tuck to surgically bring the abdominal muscles back together. 

    Diastasis recti cannot be fixed during a mini tummy tuck; the condition requires the full version of the procedure. If you have diastasis recti, you will need to undergo a normal tummy tuck. 

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      How Much Belly Fat Do You Want to Lose?

      The next consideration that determines full vs mini tummy tuck is the amount of fat on your abdomen. Patients with a small pouch are good candidates for a mini tummy tuck. However, if you have multiple rolls or if you have more than 5 pounds to lose, you will get the best results from a full tummy tuck. 

      A mini tummy tuck before and after can be very similar to the results that you see before and after liposuction. Like lipo, mini tummy tucks are best for subtle, natural-looking adjustments to the figure. A mini tummy tuck isn’t always a weight loss procedure; it is usually most effective for body contouring.

      While it varies by patient, a full tummy tuck can take you down 2-3 dress sizes. On the other hand, a mini tummy tuck normally only takes you down 1 dress size, if that. For some patients, a mini tummy tuck doesn’t affect their dress size, but it makes their current clothing look better on them.

      When in Doubt, Ask the Experts!

      Are you sorta in the middle and unsure if a full or mini tummy tuck is right for you? That’s okay! 

      The hands-down best way to get expert answers to your tummy tuck questions is to schedule a consultation at Qazi Cosmetic Clinic. This consultation will be with Dr. Qazi; while Dr. Qazi is not a plastic surgeon, he works closely with a team of in-house plastic surgeons who will be the ones performing your procedure. 

      Dr. Qazi works with his team to make expert recommendations to patients. This means that you will get exactly what you want when it comes time to take the mini tummy tuck before and after photos.

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      Mini Tummy Tuck Before and After: What to Expect

      If a tummy tuck sounds big and intimidating, don’t worry! Dr. Qazi and his team work with a lot of first time patients. It may seem like a lot, but we are happy to walk you through the process. 

      During the consultation, Dr. Qazi will give you an idea of what to expect for your procedure. Because medical procedures are a little more invasive than things like RF microneedling, you will need to do a few things to prepare in advance. 

      6 Ways to Prepare for a Mini Tummy Tuck

      1. If you smoke, quit at least 4 weeks before the procedure.
      2. Stop taking blood thinning medications, including aspirin and herbal supplements, at least 1 to 2 weeks out. 
      3. When you are 2 days before the procedure, start taking stool softeners. 
      4. Arrange for a friend or family member to drive you home from the procedure and take care of you for the first 24 hours.
      5. Stock up on groceries and supplies because you will not want to go out much during the recovery.
      6. Arrange to have 2 weeks off work and ensure that no one will bother you with any quick questions.

      What Happens After a Mini Tummy Tuck?

      Immediately after a tummy tuck, it is completely normal to be sore and swollen. You will be sent home with a compression garment that you should wear as much as possible for the first 3 weeks. 

      In the 24 hours immediately after the procedure, your job is to rest as much as possible. It will not be safe for you to shower until 48 hours have passed since you woke up in the recovery room.

      Most patients who get a mini tummy tuck can resume virtual work or return to sedentary jobs after 1 week. If you have a physically demanding job, you should plan on taking 2-3 weeks off. At the 2 week mark, you will be able to resume light physical activity, including walking, light cardio, and weight training that does not engage the trunk.

      It is normally around week 3 or 4 that patients can safely resume moderate exercise. At this point, it is safe for you to stop wearing the compression garment. A full recovery can take 6 to 8 weeks. Once Dr. Qazi and his team give you the go-ahead, you can resume heavy lifting and strenuous weight training.

      Are the Results of a Mini Tummy Tuck Permanent?

      Dr. Qazi’s answer to this common question is yes, but also no

      Here’s how it works: a mini tummy tuck is a surgical procedure; it isn’t like PDO threads or fillers where the materials will be dissolved in 6 months. Once your body has been fine tuned in a procedure like this, it won’t wear off. 

      However, a mini tummy tuck is not a magic pause button. It may rewind your body to its pre-pregnancy appearance, but it does not stop the consequences from weight gain, aging, or additional pregnancies. 

      Once you recover from your mini tummy tuck, you can maintain the results by eating a healthy diet, keeping your exercise habits consistent, and staying hydrated. It is also recommended that you avoid starving yourself or participating in 1200-calorie crash diets. After periods of restriction, the body normally gains the weight back and then some; this will adversely affect your results.

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        Get Ready for Your Mini Tummy Tuck Before and After Photos!

        Those people in the mini tummy tuck before and after photos look good, don’t they? You can look that good too! All you have to do is schedule a consultation at Qazi Cosmetic Clinic. 

        By: Dr. Nadir Qazi

        Dr. Nadir Qazi is a board certified physician specializing in minimally invasive cosmetic procedures. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and an instructor for advanced injections and laser techniques.

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