Abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, at our Denver plastic surgery center helps many men and women significantly improve the appearance of their midsection. Although surgeons across the county use a variety of surgical techniques to perform a tummy tuck, our team uses only the most advanced methods to provide you with a smooth recovery and beautiful results.
Tummy Tuck Benefits
Many of our tummy tuck patients are women who are concerned about the appearance of their abdomens after having children. Additionally, a tummy tuck is one of the most popular procedures included in a mommy makeover, a surgery that combines breast and body contouring procedures for comprehensive results. A tummy tuck can also benefit men who have experienced significant weight loss and want to improve the look of their abdomen.
A tummy tuck provides a variety of benefits:
- Flattening a belly bulge
- Repairing separated abdominal muscles
- Reducing back pain
- Improving posture
- Eliminating excess skin
- Sculpting the waistline
- Treating urinary incontinence
Drainless Tummy Tuck
Plastic surgery procedures occasionally require the placement of drains to prevent the accumulation of blood and fluids during your recovery. Sometimes these drains need to be emptied several times a day. Here at The Center for Cosmetic Surgery, we have started using a no-drain technique that makes recovery easier and more effective.
Instead of using drains, we use progressive tension sutures to prevent the development of a seroma (pocket of fluid). These sutures connect the tummy tuck skin flap to the abdominal wall to prevent fluid from accumulating and minimize the risk of infection.
Recovery is simply easier without drains. Patients can walk and move around more comfortably. Additionally, there are no tubes that can irritate the skin, which enhances your comfort and safety.
Tummy tuck surgery without drains also has cosmetic benefits. These types of sutures allow for less tension on the incision during the healing process. This results in a finer and less noticeable scar.
In addition to using a no-drain tummy tuck technique and prescribing patients with the most effective pain medication available, we offer EXPAREL for continuing pain control. This non-narcotic, non-opioid pain reliever is injected directly into the abdominal tissue, fascia, and muscles and acts as a nerve block.
We often use EXPAREL during surgery when the core abdominal muscles are tightened and brought together. This part of the procedure often creates the most discomfort post-op. However, EXPAREL contains a medication called bupivacaine, which is released slowly into the surgical site and can help manage pain for up to 72 hours post-op, making recovery more comfortable
Often oral pain medication can cause nausea, constipation, drowsiness, and other side effects. Many patients who opt for EXPAREL report less need for narcotic pain medication. This reduction can lead to reduced side effects. Additionally, EXPAREL can save you money. Purchasing additional prescription pain medications can be expensive and add hundreds of dollars to your procedure.
Tummy Tuck Results
Tummy tuck surgery can provide patients with lasting improvements to the midsection by removing excess skin and reducing the belly bulge caused by weakened abdominal muscles. However, keep in mind that to achieve optimal results, you’ll need to avoid positions that place a strain on the treated area during your recovery.
At the outset, your scar will be raised and pink, but after a few months of diligent incision care, this will flatten and fade to closely match your surrounding skin. Once your recovery period is over, the swelling has resolved, and the incision has healed, you can enjoy your new flat abdomen. By leading a healthy lifestyle, these results can be long-lasting.
Check out our gallery of real patient photos to get a better idea of your potential with tummy tuck surgery. If you want to discuss your options, request a consultation online or give us a call at (720) 279-1926.