The tummy can be an incredibly challenging area to shape, even if you eat well and exercise regularly. As someone looking for a proven way to achieve a firmer, flatter, and tighter abdominal region, you may want to consider a tummy tuck. When performed by our Denver area board-certified plastic surgeons, a tummy tuck can improve the contour of your midsection while enhancing your confidence.
Learn if this body contouring procedure is right for you by scheduling a consultation at 303-706-1100. Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery proudly serves patients from Denver, Lone Tree, and nearby areas of Colorado.
- What is a Tummy Tuck?
- Benefits of Abdominoplasty
- Common Reasons to Pursue a Tummy Tuck
- Ideal Candidates for Tummy Tuck Surgery
- Full vs. Mini Tummy Tuck
- What to Expect from the Tummy Tuck Procedure
- Tummy Tuck Recovery
- Your Tummy Tuck Results
- Our Surgical Center
- Schedule Your Complimentary Consultation
What is a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure to remove excess fat and skin from the stomach area while restoring weakened or separated abdominal muscles. The surgery tightens and reshapes your midsection to achieve a slimmer, better-toned appearance.
Tummy tucks are not a one-size-fits-all procedure. Your individualized abdominoplasty surgery will be tailored based on your unique body goals and physical characteristics. A tummy tuck is sometimes combined with liposuction to remove isolated deposits of fat, enhancing the definition of the waist, abs, hips and overall abdominal area.
Benefits of Abdominoplasty
At the most basic level, a tummy tuck can transform the appearance of your abdominal profile. However, most abdominoplasty patients would tell you that the benefits don’t end there. This procedure has wide-reaching advantages.
For example, you may find that it’s much easier to find flattering, well-fitting clothing options after your abdominoplasty. You may experience a significant confidence boost, find your workouts to be more satisfying, and notice an improved quality of life. As an additional bonus, a tummy tuck even has the potential to remove stretch marks if they are located in the treatment area.
A tummy tuck can also offer potential medical benefits, such as:
- Correcting a ventral hernia
- Reducing stress urinary incontinence
- Decreasing back pain
- Improving posture
Common Reasons to Pursue a Tummy Tuck
A tummy tuck is a popular option for both men and women. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, over 100,000 patients underwent the surgery in the United States in 2018 alone. Like you, these people all had unique reasons for pursuing a tummy tuck.
Generally speaking, people pursue a tummy tuck because exercise and weight loss methods were not enough to achieve a flat, toned abdominal profile. This is a common struggle, as numerous factors beyond your control contribute to a loose, sagging, or protruding abdomen. These factors include:
- Significant weight loss
Arguably, pregnancy is the most common reason that patients elect to undergo abdominoplasty. That is because pregnancy dramatically alters the appearance and functionality of a woman’s midsection. Many women choose to combine their tummy tuck with other aesthetic procedures in a customized treatment plan known as a mommy makeover.
Ideal Candidates for Tummy Tuck Surgery
Our surgeons understand the very real concerns that affect men and women, such as excess skin, stretch marks, and muscle laxity or bulging in the lower abdomen. They take pride in carefully educating each patient about their options and empowering patients to make their own decisions in an informed manner. A tummy tuck is a significant procedure and is not the right choice for everyone, but for thousands of patients each year this surgery affords the opportunity to move from camouflage to confidence.
The only way to know for sure if a tummy tuck is capable of achieving the goals you have in mind is to meet with one of our experienced plastic surgeons. Together, you can discuss aspects of tummy tuck candidacy including:
- Your overall health and medical history
- The specific body characteristics with which you are dissatisfied
- The result you want to see from plastic surgery
- Whether any other procedures are better suited to your goals
Ideal tummy tuck candidates are men or women that have loose abdominal muscles, excess fat, loose skin & stretch marks around the stomach, or women that did not recover their figure after pregnancy.
Abdominoplasty is a good option if you are physically healthy and at a stable weight, you have realistic expectations, and you are a non-smoker. We provide complimentary cosmetic consultations so you can learn more about the tummy tuck procedure and decide if it is right for you.
Full vs. Mini Tummy Tuck
The tummy tuck procedure creates a flatter abdominal area, and there are a couple of different tummy tuck techniques used to achieve the final outcome. The most common methods are a full tummy tuck and a mini tummy tuck, each offering unique benefits to the right patient.
Full Tummy Tuck
A full or complete tummy tuck has several advantages, including:
- Skin, fat, and muscle are all reshaped and tightened
- Separated, stretched muscles of the abdominal wall are repaired and tightened
- The incision is most often hidden well beneath underwear and swimsuit bottoms
In the full tummy tuck technique, the incision typically extends from hip to hip, curving toward the pubic bone. In many cases, an incision may also be made around the navel. The belly button incision may be necessary to reposition the belly button once the skin has been tightened.
A full tummy tuck may be a good option for you if you want to remove excess skin and fat throughout the abdominal region. This type of excess fat is often the result of pregnancy, weight loss, and aging. Full tummy tucks are often combined with liposuction to remove stubborn deposits of fat around the abdominal area or other areas of the physique.
Mini Tummy Tuck
If you have only a minimal amount of bulging fat and skin localized to the area beneath your navel, then a mini tummy tuck is likely capable of creating a flatter abdominal area. The ideal candidate for this procedure is someone with a small amount of excess skin in the lower abdomen and tight abdominal musculature. This procedure usually has a slightly shorter scar, but the ability to sculpt and tighten the abdomen is more limited.
A mini tummy tuck can be a good option for the right patients, but a full tummy tuck is often the most beneficial and effective choice for our patients who are unhappy with a protruding abdomen. During your consultation, you can speak with one of our experienced plastic surgeons, who will help you decide which of these procedures will produce the outcome you want to see.
What to Expect from the Tummy Tuck Procedure
A tummy tuck is performed under either IV sedation or general anesthesia. We are proud to care for your anesthesia needs with one of our board-certified anesthesiologists from South Denver Anesthesia. Our board-certified anesthesiologists will be with you, from beginning to end, ensuring your comfort and safety during the procedure.
Our board-certified plastic surgeons will begin by making a horizontal incision below the belly button, across the pubic region. The length of this mark will depend on the type of tummy tuck.
Next, excess fat and skin are skillfully removed. A full tummy tuck may also involve repairing weakened abdominal muscles, as well as the creation of a new belly button opening. With either option, the skin in the area will be repositioned to create a smoother appearance. To finish the procedure, our surgeons will close the incision or incisions.
Tummy Tuck Recovery
Everyone recovers from surgery at a different pace. Factors that affect your recuperation include your age, overall health, body weight, and the type of tummy tuck that you have. Generally speaking, recovery from a mini tummy tuck is faster than recovery from a full tummy tuck.
Our surgeons will discuss what to expect during your recovery period. They will provide you with detailed care guidelines and activity restrictions.
Depending on your career and your rate of healing, you should be able to return to work within 2 to 3 weeks of surgery. Patients are encouraged to begin walking the day of their surgery to facilitate healing. After 4 weeks, you may perform moderate activities, and after 6 weeks you may resume more strenuous activities.
Your Tummy Tuck Results
Tummy tuck surgery can give you a firmer, slimmer abdominal profile. Initially, the results of your surgery may be hidden by swelling and bandages or compression garments. As the swelling fades over several weeks, you should see that your tummy area looks more flattering and well-proportioned.
Although a tummy tuck leaves a scar, our plastic surgeons offer scar revision and reduction options if you wish to minimize its appearance. Innovative adhesive silicone sheets known as embrace® can be worn after surgery to dramatically reduce the appearance of your scar. The sheets work by stabilizing the skin, which prevents pulling and skin tension. By addressing the root cause of scars, embrace® is highly effective. It can also be combined with scar revision surgery.
The results of tummy tuck surgery should be long-lasting as long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle. Weight gain after surgery can negatively impact your results. These considerations are not an issue for many patients, as it is common to feel increased motivation to eat well and exercise after tummy tuck surgery.
View our photos of Tummy Tuck in our Before & After Gallery.
Our Surgical Center
At Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery, our Denver plastic surgeons are committed to providing you with not only the latest surgical advancements in tummy tuck surgery but also a safe environment in which to have your surgery. Because a tummy tuck is a significant operation, some patients will desire to stay overnight at our state-of-the-art surgery center where they are cared for by our nursing staff.
Not only is Park Meadows Outpatient Surgery one of the state's only dedicated cosmetic surgical facilities that is both state licensed and The Joint Commission Accredited, but it is also licensed by the State of Colorado to care for patients overnight. Most patients can go home the same day as their surgery, but for others who may be combining another procedure with their tummy tuck or who desire a little more care, an overnight stay is a good option.
Schedule Your Tummy Tuck Consultation in Lone Tree
To learn more about tummy tucks, contact Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery at 303-706-1100 to arrange a complimentary visit to our office in Lone Tree. Our board-certified plastic surgeons welcome patients from Lone Tree and Denver, Colorado, as well as out-of-town guests.