Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Surgery
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What Does a Tummy Tuck Do?
A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures among both men and women. A tummy tuck is intended to result in a smoother, tighter, flatter abdomen. As a highly experienced Denver tummy tuck surgeon, Dr. Slenkovich removes excess abdominal fat and skin during the tummy tuck procedure. He then carefully addresses laxity of the abdominal muscles by directly suturing the muscles, thereby creating an internal corset to provide a tight, flat stomach.
Tummy tuck surgery is often recommended for women who are looking to get their before baby body back as part of a mommy makeover or as part of body contouring after massive weight loss. Tummy tuck patients benefit from the complete removal of the fat and skin above and below the belly button and if there is laxity of the abdominal wall musculature.
What is the Difference between a Tummy Tuck, Mini-Tummy Tuck & Extended Tummy Tuck?
A standard tummy tuck procedure creates a flatter, more toned abdomen by tightening laxity in the abdominal walls from the pelvic area to below the ribs. An incision is made from hip bone to hip bone – typically within the underwear line, excess skin and tissue from above and below the belly button are removed, a new belly button is created and the skin is sewn together to create a contoured waistline.
A mini-tummy tuck addresses only the lower abdominal area. Excess skin and underlying tissues below the belly button are removed and the lower abdominal muscles may be tightened. Depending on your individual conditions, the incision may extend beyond the hip bones. This is known as an extended tummy tuck.
Are You a Tummy Tuck Candidate?
If you have loose or sagging abdominal skin, or are unable to tighten your abdomen with diet and exercise, you may be a candidate for a tummy tuck. Most patients who are experience muscle and skin laxity as a result of pregnancy or massive weight loss are a candidate for the standard tummy tuck as this procedure addresses the entire abdomen. Patients with skin damage, excess fat or laxity in only the lower abdomen and have tight muscles and skin in the upper abdomen may be a candidate for a mini-tummy tuck. For many tummy tuck patients, abdominoplasty with liposuction has the potential for a more dramatic improvement than liposuction alone.
How is an Abdominoplasty Performed?
Abdominal tuck procedures are tailored to each person’s anatomy. Surgery is performed under general anesthesia. At Colorado Plastic Surgery Center all tummy tuck procedures are performed on an outpatient basis. In the majority of cases, a swath of skin with all of it’s underlying fat is removed, and additional excision of fat is performed along with contouring of the trunk with liposuction. Laxity of the muscles is carefully addressed with direct suture tightening, creating an internal corset.
What Is Recovery Like?
Abdominoplasty can be one of the more uncomfortable plastic surgery procedures. Because of this, Dr. Slenkovich uses a pain pump that slowly infuses numbing medicine into the surgery site for the first two days. While this dramatically reduces post-operative pain, abdominal tuck surgery still requires a more time consuming recovery. You will be encouraged to be moving and walking within one-to-two days. Light activity is comfortable in 10 to 20 days. For most Denver abdominoplasty patients, sports will not be comfortable for about six weeks.
Does Insurance Cover a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck is considered cosmetic and is not covered by insurance.
At Colorado Plastic Surgery Center, we will be pleased to help you obtain financing for this procedure. We are affiliated with companies that offer financing for cosmetic surgery.
To Learn More
If you are considering a tummy tuck, please contact us today to schedule your cosmetic surgery consultation with our Colorado plastic surgeon, Dr. Slenkovich.
In addition to performing Denver tummy tuck surgeries, Dr. Slenkovich offers a range of other body contouring procedures. Sometimes, he recommends and performs a combination of procedures to help patients achieve the best possible results. One of the more popular combination treatments is mommy makeover ─ a comprehensive treatment that usually consists of breast augmentation, liposuction and tummy tuck.