Tummy Tuck FAQs
At our practice in Denver, a tummy tuck (also called an abdominoplasty) is performed to remove excess skin and fat from the abdomen. The procedure also tightens the abdominal wall muscles, resulting in a firmer, flatter tummy profile. Results of a tummy tuck can be long-term, as long as a stable weight is maintained.
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Q: Is a Tummy Tuck Like Liposuction?
A: Although both procedures can slim down the abdominal area, they are not much alike. A tummy tuck involves the removal of skin and fat along with tightening abdominal muscles, while liposuction only removes fat. Liposuction is better for localized fat deposit problem areas, while a tummy tuck is better for people with loss of abdominal muscle tone and loose skin, often following pregnancy or extreme weight loss. Both procedures grant a slimmer look, but through completely different methodology. Liposuction is often combined with a tummy tuck for more effective results.
Q: Am I a Candidate?
A: The ideal candidate for a tummy tuck is someone who is already in good health, has a stable weight and realistic expectations regarding their results. This surgery is not a substitute for a healthy diet and regular exercise. If considerable weight loss is planned, a tummy tuck should be postponed until after weight has stabilized. Also, this procedure is not suitable for women who expect to become pregnant, since stretching of the abdominal muscles and skin will greatly compromise surgical results.
Q: What Does the Surgery Involve?
A: Abdominoplasty requires general anesthesia. To begin the surgery, the surgical area is prepped and an incision is made below the belly button from hipbone to hipbone. Through the incision, the abdominal wall is surgically retightened. After that, any excess skin and fat around the lower abdomen is removed, and the incision is sutured. Patients will need help getting around for the first few days.
Q: What Results Should I Expect?
A: After surgery, your abdominal contours will be flatter and firmer. If you previously had loose or hanging folds around the stomach area, those will no longer be present. Oftentimes, skin which had stretch marks is also removed during the procedure. Your navel may be relocated and look slightly different as well.
Q: What about Recovery?
A: Right after your surgery, dressings will be applied to the incision area. It may be painful to stand up fully straight at first. However, once you are able to stand upright comfortably, you’ll see a noticeable difference in your silhouette. There may be some swelling after the surgery initially, which can disguise your final results. This should resolve in the first month or so.
Q: Will I Have Scars?
A: There is a scar any time your skin is cut, and our Denver abdominoplasty patients should expect some degree of scarring. However, every effort is made to minimize the scar, and its placement is low enough to be covered by clothing, swimsuits and most underwear. It may seem prominent at first, but with proper care should fade with time. For most patients, an unobtrusive scar is well worth the tradeoff for a slimmer appearance.
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