Dr. Hootan Daneshmand
Mini Tummy Tuck Bakersfield, CA
Mini Tummy Tuck Bakersfield
It happens to the best of us. Throughout the natural aging process, many of us lose that hot bikini body that we once had in our early 20s due to excess fat and sagging skin in the abdominal area. It’s nothing to be ashamed of, but many women’s self-confidence suffers greatly from a less than perfect stomach. There are many ways to achieve a toned appearance – the most common ones being strenuous exercise and a healthy diet – but some women choose aesthetic plastic surgery. If you’re ready to take the plunge into cosmetic surgery, a mini tummy tuck Bakersfield may be the right option for you. Schedule a consultation today with Dr. Daneshmand by calling 949-359-8397.
What is a Mini Abdominoplasty?
A mini tummy tuck surgery, also known as a mini-abdominoplasty, basically removes excess skin from the lower abdomen. Most patients choose mini tummy tuck surgery over a full tummy tuck surgery because they want fat removal only around their bikini line, not in their whole abdominal area. Additionally, this surgery is generally less invasive than a full abdominoplasty.
Mini Tummy Tuck vs. Traditional Tummy Tuck
The main difference between mini tummy tucks and full tummy tucks is that the former surgery requires a much smaller incision than the latter surgery. Therefore, the recovery process with mini abdominoplasties is much shorter. Additionally, a mini tummy tuck surgery will mostly correct the abdominal area below the belly button, while a traditional tummy tuck corrects the entire stomach.
Who is a Good Candidate for a Mini Abdominoplasty?
This type of surgery is appropriate for both men and women who need some abdominal correction but don’t need a full tummy tuck. Many patients that Dr. Hootan Daneshmand sees for this procedure are:
- Women who experience stretched skin, stretch marks, and separated abdominal muscles after pregnancy.
- Individuals that have excess fat and skin despite following a regular exercise plan and a healthy diet.
- Older or overweight individuals with skin laxity that affects the contour of their midsections.
How Does a Mini Tummy Tuck Work?
Before your reconstructive surgery begins, an anesthesiologist will give you general anesthesia or local anesthesia so that you won’t feel any pain.
Dr. Daneshmand will begin the procedure by making a small incision near your pubic area, similar to the location of a c-section incision. In this location, the resulting scar can be easily concealed by your underwear or bikini bottom.
Then, Dr. Daneshmand will begin abdominal muscle tightening and liposuction to remove excess fat from the lower abdomen. Additionally, any loose abdominal skin under the belly button region will be pulled taut. Unlike a full tummy tuck surgery, Dr. Daneshmand won’t move or reconstruct your belly button. The entire surgery shouldn’t take more than 3 hours, according to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS).
In the several weeks post-op, you’ll notice a much smoother, more aesthetically pleasing abdominal wall.
Mini Tummy Tuck Recovery Process
Most patients who undergo a mini-abdominoplasty have a much shorter recovery period compared to those who undergo a full tummy tuck. Below, we give you a better idea of what to expect in the weeks following your surgery.
Dr. Daneshmand will likely bandage up your abdominal incision and insert small tubes in order to properly drain blood and fluid from the wound. He will give you specific instructions on how to clean and care for your wound so that you can avoid infection.
Dr. Daneshmand will also instruct you to start walking a little bit a few hours after your surgery. While you’re not supposed to do any strenuous exercise in the weeks following your abdominoplasty, it’s important to walk around every day.
You will also have a prescription for pain medication, and maybe even an antibiotic, following your surgery. During the healing process, you must wear a compression garment to prevent fluid buildup and to support your abdominal muscles.
Overall, the healing process usually lasts about 6 weeks for most patients. After that time period, you should be able to resume the majority of your normal activities.
Weight loss is not a requirement for mini tummy tuck surgery, especially if you’re already at a healthy weight. But most plastic surgeons recommend that their patients stay around their ideal weight for at least 1 year before surgery in order to receive the best possible results from their abdominoplasty. That’s because if you were to have major weight fluctuations after your surgery, you could run the risk of completely changing the aesthetic results of your abdominoplasty.
It’s important to know that you won’t lose a significant amount of weight from this surgery. In other words, this is not a weight loss surgery. Instead, a mini-abdominoplasty is designed to improve the appearance of the stomach below the belly button. That being said, most patients may experience a small weight loss of 3 to 4 pounds due to excess skin and fat removal.
Yes, you can get a breast augmentation and a mini-abdominoplasty done at the same time. This is often called a mommy makeover. The majority of patients who undergo these two procedures at the same time are women who experienced major aesthetic changes in their stomachs and breasts prior to pregnancy.
The average cost of a mini tummy tuck is typically $1,000-$2,000 less than a full tummy tuck. However, your surgery may be more or less depending on your individual needs, your surgeon's skill level, and your geographic location.
But according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the average cost of a mini-abdominoplasty is $6,154 nationwide.
While a mini tummy tuck won't offer the dramatic results that a full tummy tuck will, this procedure can provide a very satisfactory outcome for the right patient with less discomfort and downtime. Some of the advantages of a mini tummy tuck include:
- Elimination of mild to moderate loose skin
- Reduction in isolated fat areas
- Correction of mild separation of abdominal muscles
- Creation of a flatter, smoother stomach with a small incision that you can easily hide under your underwear and bikini bottoms
Mini Tummy Tuck Surgery Risks and Side Effects
While a mini-abdominoplasty is generally a very safe procedure – especially when you choose a board-certified surgeon like Dr. Daneshmand – there are still a few risks and side effects that you should know about before you go under the knife. They are:
- Noticeable scarring
- Seroma, which is fluid accumulation under the skin
- Poor wound healing
- Tissue damage
- Skin sensation changes
- Excessive bleeding
- Poor reactions to anesthesia
- Results that you’re unhappy with
Are Mini Abdominoplasty Results Permanent?
Yes, the results from both a mini and full tummy tuck are permanent. However, the body naturally changes as you age. So if you gain or lose weight after your surgery, your results will likely change, and you may dislike it. Additionally, if you’re a woman who plans on getting pregnant after this procedure, your results will definitely change. That’s why it’s best to undergo this procedure when you know that you’re done having children and also when you’re able to maintain your ideal weight long-term.
Interested in a Mini Tummy Tuck Bakersfield? Call Silhouette Plastic Surgery Institute Today
If the loose skin and excess fat underneath your belly button are causing your self-confidence to take a nosedive, a mini tummy tuck Bakersfield may be the best cosmetic surgery for you. Dr. Daneshmand is a board-certified plastic surgeon at Silhouette Plastic Surgery Institute who has decades of experience in giving his patients the bodies of their dreams. To schedule a consultation, call 949-359-8397. Be sure to check out the photo gallery of Dr. Daneshmand’s past abdominoplasty patients.