Tummy Tuck Transformation

Many patients devote themselves to dieting and exercise but are still unable to achieve the toned, streamlined stomach contours they desire. After pregnancy, women may encounter a condition called diastasis recti or diastasis recti abdominis. This refers to the separation of the abdominal muscles after childbirth and only a cosmetic intervention can restore a sense of normalcy. A tummy tuck is performed alone or in combination with a mommy makeover to boost self-confidence, expand clothing options, and complete an already healthy lifestyle. 

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Why Choose The LaVie Institute of Plastic Surgery?

We provide the skilled, precision-oriented expertise of four board-certified plastic surgeons who go above and beyond to create personalized, successful results for each patient. We empower our clients to achieve their ideal appearance, experience a new lease on life, and obtain the self-confidence they have always desired. Every procedure takes place in our state-of-the-art facility, optimized for your safety and comfort.

What is a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is among the most requested and frequently performed surgeries in the world. Our tummy tuck in Denver is designed to remove excess skin that has accumulated in the midsection after aging, pregnancy, or weight loss. The underlying muscles are tightened, and the belly button is repositioned in a more youthful and attractive location. Many surgeons will use liposuction in tandem with excision to remove pockets of stubborn fat that don’t respond to dieting and workouts, further sculpting and contouring the area.

Who is a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?

The best tummy tuck candidates are in good mental and physical health, are free from any uncontrolled medical issues, are at a stable weight, and are realistic in their expectations. They have tried dieting and exercise yet have found that they still struggle with sagging skin, excess fat, and weakened abdominal muscles.

It is advised that patients have already completed their families before pursuing a tummy tuck, as additional pregnancies can alter the results. While most tummy tuck candidates are women, men are also good candidates and frequently undergo abdominoplasty to complement their already active and fit lifestyles. 

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Abdominal Muscle (Rectus Diastsis) Correction

While pregnancy is a life-affirming event, it can also take a significant toll on the figure. Bulging contours, and excess drooping skin are among the cosmetic results of childbirth. A common problem is diastasis recti, or the separation of the six-pack muscles (rectus abdominis.) This can not only create aesthetic concerns but can also cause lower back pain, herniation, incontinence, and digestive disorders. 

Diastasis recti repair surgery can help restore a woman’s comfort, peace of mind, and quality of life. It is performed in combination with a tummy tuck to comprehensviely rejuvenate the midsection. Through abdominoplasty, the defect is permanently corrected, bringing the two sides of the rectus abdominis together, tightening and reshaping the belly. If a hernia repair is also required, it can be completed at this time.

Types of Tummy Tucks

Full Abdominoplasty

A full tummy tuck delivers dramatic contouring results by removing redundant skin folds, firming the abdominal muscles, and trimming excess fatty tissue. It can also address stretch marks that lie below the navel.

Mini Abdominoplasty

A partial, or “mini” tummy tuck, is performed with a shorter incision and addresses skin folds below the navel. The belly button is not repositioned as it is during a full abdominoplasty. 

Extended Abdominoplasty

This procedure combines a traditional tummy tuck with contouring for the flanks, hips, and lateral thighs to create dramatic changes from every angle. Liposuction can be used to further sculpt and refine the torso. 

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When can I see my results?

What will scarring be like after abdominoplasty?

When can I see my results?

Swelling will gradually decrease over the span of 3-4 months with results slowly emerging. Some patients may even see changes within a matter of weeks. After one year, you will feel as though your flatter, more toned belly is just a natural aspect of your physique that has always been there.

What will scarring be like after abdominoplasty?

All surgeries come with scars, but our surgeons will do everything possible to place incisions in areas where they can be well-hidden. A full tummy tuck has a scar stretching from hip to hip across the lower abdomen. The scar is typically low enough that it can be concealed by the bikini or panty line.

The Tummy Tuck Procedure

Our abdominoplasty in Denver typically calls for two incisions. One stretches from hip to hip across the lower belly near the pubic area, and another encircles the navel. Once the skin is separated from the underlying structures, the surgeon will tighten the abdominal muscles, restoring a toned, sculpted midsection. 

Liposuction may be used to remove stubborn pockets of fat. The skin is then redraped over the stomach and excess skin folds are trimmed. The belly button is repositioned in a more youthful-looking location. Finally, the incisions are closed and a sterile dressing is applied to the sutured areas.

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After surgery, you will need a responsible adult to escort you home and assist you for the first 24-48 hours of your recovery. A compression garment is placed to help reduce swelling and you may be fitted with temporary drains that help remove excess blood and fluids from the body. Gentle walks are encouraged right away, as they can help boost circulation and minimize complications.

Most clients can return to work within about 2 weeks, provided that their jobs are sedentary. Patients should postpone strenuous activities for up to 6 weeks. You will receive prescription pain medications as well as a detailed aftercare plan. Our team is always here to answer any questions and guide your healing process. We will schedule follow-up visits to ensure your recovery remains on track.

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