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Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

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At our plastic surgery practice serving Denver and Golden, Colorado, abdominoplasty (in our case, almost always without drains) is among our most frequently performed cosmetic surgery procedures. Often called a tummy tuck, this procedure is the choice of patients from Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, and surrounding areas in search of a flatter stomach and a tighter, slimmer abdomen. Ideal for the removal of loose, sagging skin and excess fat, tummy tuck surgery leaves behind a low, fine scar that can be easily hidden beneath the bikini line.

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Tummy Tuck Case 639 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
BEFORE / AFTER (3 months)
Case: 1 of 100

Case #639

This 40 year-old woman standing 5'6" and weighing approximately 175 pounds presented after having had 3 children (2 by C-section), and was left with predictable changes to her abdominal area, which were resistant to both exercise and diet/weight loss. I advised her that she was a perfect candidate for a formal abdominoplasty, which would... Read More
Surgeon: Paul M. Steinwald, M.D.
Mommy Makeover Case 417 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 2 of 100

Case #417

This 37-year-old mother of two underwent a Mommy Makeover consisting of an abdominoplasty and a breast augmentation with a vertical mastopexy. Her implants are 300cc low profile saline filled to 330cc. She is a 36DD, and is 5'4" and 165 lb. After photos were taken 8 months postoperatively. Read More
Surgeon: Andrew J. Wolfe, M.D.
Mommy Makeover Case 11307 Before & After Front | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before & After
Case: 3 of 100

Case #11307

This is a 36 year old, 6'2", 252 lb. woman who complained of tummy rolls and unattractive, deflated breasts. She underwent an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and a breast augmentation with circumareolar mastopexy which is an areolar lift. The tummy tuck created a much better abdominal contour and attractive, natural belly button. She had breast implants... Read More
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.
Tummy Tuck Case 490 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 4 of 100

Case #490

This 34-year-old woman presented with significant laxity of her abdomen after losing weight.  She underwent an abdominoplasty with liposuction of her flanks.  She is shown before and 2 years after her surgery, with a marked improvement in her shape and a refined, athletic abdomen. Read More
Surgeon: Andrew J. Wolfe, M.D.
Tummy Tuck Case 298 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 5 of 100

Case #298

This 29-year-old mother of two underwent an abdominoplasty by Dr. Wolfe.  She is 5'4" and 125 lbs.  Photos were taken 4 months after her procedure.
Surgeon: Andrew J. Wolfe, M.D.
Mommy Makeover Case 11366 Before & After Right Oblique | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before & After
Case: 6 of 100

Case #11366

This is a 41 year old, 5'5", 175 pound woman who was bothered by her tummy and her breasts after having children. She was the perfect candidate to benefit tremendously from a mommy makeover by Dr. Steven Vath. Despite the prominence of her tummy, her issue was not having excess fat as much as having loose muscles and skin after the stretching of... Read More
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.
Tummy Tuck Case 11404 Before & After Front | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before & After
Case: 7 of 100

Case #11404

This is a 52 year old, 5'4", 180lb. woman who underwent a tummy tuck with some hip liposuction by Dr. Steven Vath. Post-operative are from 6 months after surgery.
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.
Mommy Makeover Case 475 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 8 of 100

Case #475

This 43-year-old woman underwent a Mommy Makeover consisting of a breast augmentation and abdominoplasty.  After 2 C-sections, she was left with a relaxed abdomen with a prominent scar that she wanted to improve.  For her augmentation, she chose 304cc silicone implants which were placed through an inframammary incision into a subpectoral... Read More
Surgeon: Andrew J. Wolfe, M.D.
Mommy Makeover Case 817 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 9 of 100

Case #817

This is a 37 year old woman who complained about having a loose and prominent tummy and also saggy breasts that were not as full as she likes. She also complained about some extra fat on her hips. She underwent a breast augmentation with 340 cc low profile round silicone gel implants and a mastopexy (breast lift) to improve her breast shape. She... Read More
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.
Mommy Makeover Case 240 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 10 of 100

Case #240

This is a 30 year old, 5'8", 137 pound woman who complained of loose abdominal skin and muscles as well as "deflated" breasts after having children.  She underwent a "mommy makeover" including an abdominoplasty to tighten her tummy and a breast augmentation to fill out her breasts.  Notice that she had... Read More
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.
Tummy Tuck Case 11393 Before & After Front | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before & After
Case: 11 of 100

Case #11393

This is a 40 year old, 5'8", 165 lb. woman who underwent a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) by Dr. Steven Vath. Post-operative pictures are from one year after her procedure. 
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.
Tummy Tuck Case 343 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 12 of 100

Case #343

This is a 45 year old, 5'4", 128 pound woman who complained about sagging skin and stretch marks on her tummy after having children. She underwent an abdominoplasty in order to tighten and flatten her abdomen. Not only is the excess skin and stretch marks removed during this procedure, but the muscle which were stretched apart... Read More
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.
Mommy Makeover Case 428 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 13 of 100

Case #428

This 52-year-old woman presented for improvement in the shape of her abdomen and breasts after having 2 pregnancies and losing 65 pounds. She underwent a Mommy Makeover consisting of a breast augmentation with vertical mastopexy and an abdominoplasty with liposuction of her inner thighs. Her implants are low profile 300cc silicone and are in a subpectoral... Read More
Surgeon: Andrew J. Wolfe, M.D.
Tummy Tuck Case 11399 Before & After Right Oblique | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before & After
Case: 14 of 100

Case #11399

This is a 35 year old, 5'4", 148lb. woman who underwent a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) by Dr. Steven Vath in Denver, Colorado. Her post-operative pictures are from 1.5 years after surgery. 
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.
Tummy Tuck Case 903 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After (6 months)
Case: 15 of 100

Case #903

30 year-old mom of 4 who had lost approximately 20 lb since her last pregnancy, and which to address her mid-section areas of fullness. She underwent an extended abdominoplasty/tummy tuck, with adjuvant power-assisted liposuction to the flanks (400-500 cc each), and continued to exercise and lose weight post-op (shown here at 6 months post-surgery). Read More
Surgeon: Paul M. Steinwald, M.D.
Tummy Tuck Case 328 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 16 of 100

Case #328

This is a 27-year-old mother of 2 who underwent a Mommy Makeover consisting of a breast augmentation with vertical lift and an abdominoplasty.  She is 5'4' and 127 lbs.  Her implants are moderate profile silicone in a subpectoral plane, with volumes of 286 cc on the right and 304 cc on the left.  Photos were taken... Read More
Surgeon: Andrew J. Wolfe, M.D.
Mommy Makeover Case 11313 Before & After Front | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before & After
Case: 17 of 100

Case #11313

This is a 26 year old, 5'1", 137 lb. woman who underwent a mommy makeover by Dr. Steven Vath. She underwent a breast lift with augmentation in order to fill out and improve her breast contour. She also underwent a tummy tuck to achieve a prettier abdominal contour. She had 220cc low profile silicone gel implants placed beneath the pectoralis muscle... Read More
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.
Tummy Tuck Case 195 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 18 of 100

Case #195

This is a 44-year-old woman who underwent an abdominoplasty.  She is 5'9" and 133 lbs. Photos are from 9 months after her surgery. 
Surgeon: Andrew J. Wolfe, M.D.
Tummy Tuck Case 551 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
BEFORE / AFTER
Case: 19 of 100

Case #551

This 44 year-old woman was scheduled to undergo a hysterectomy, and came to me curious about her options for undergoing a concomitant "tummy tuck" as well. She had delivered 3 children naturally, and had lost a majority of her baby weight (down to the 130 range), but was bothered by the persistent laxity of her lower abdominal tissues.The... Read More
Surgeon: Paul M. Steinwald, M.D.
Mommy Makeover Case 152 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 20 of 100

Case #152

This is a 33-year-old woman who lost 100 pounds after undergoing a gastric banding procedure.  This weight loss resulted in loose abdominal skin and sagging,  "deflated" breasts.  She underwent a breast augmentation with lift (mastopexy) and an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck).  375 cc silicone implants were used for the... Read More
Surgeon: Andrew J. Wolfe, M.D.
Tummy Tuck Case 11401 Before & After Front | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before & After
Case: 21 of 100

Case #11401

This is a 35 year old, 5'5", 176 lb. woman who underwent a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) by Dr. Steven Vath. Post-operative pictures are from 6 months after her surgery.
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.
Mommy Makeover Case 115 Before & After View #2 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 22 of 100

Case #115

This is a 41 year old, 5' 3", 117 pound woman who underwent a Colorado "mommy makeover" including a breast augmentation and an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck).  She received 320 cc smooth, round saline implants placed through a periareolar incision into a subpectoral position.  Post-operative pictures are from 2 years after surgery. Read More
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.
Mommy Makeover Case 11380 Before & After Front | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before & After
Case: 23 of 100

Case #11380

This is a 38 year old, 5'5", 135 lb. woman who underwent a mommy makeover after having children. Dr. Steven Vath performed an abdominoplasty to flatten and tighten her tummy and a breast augmentation to achieve more breast fullness and shape. She chose 280cc, low profile, smooth, round, silicone gel implants to achieve a natural enhancement. Post-operative... Read More
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.
Mommy Makeover Case 413 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 24 of 100

Case #413

This is a 42 year old, 5'0", 200 pound woman who wanted to get rid of her tummy and hip rolls and reduce the size of her breasts.  She underwent a mommy makeover to include a breast reduction, an abdominoplasty, and liposuction to her hips. Her post-operative pictures are from 3.5 months after her surgery. Her scars will significantly... Read More
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.
Mommy Makeover Case 425 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 25 of 100

Case #425

This is a 32-year-old mother of 2 who underwent a Mommy Makeover consisting of a breast augmentation with vertical mastopexy and an abdominoplasty. Her implants are 300cc low profile silicone, and increased her bra size from a 34B to a full C. The patient is 5'3" and 140 lbs. Photos were taken one year postoperatively. Read More
Surgeon: Andrew J. Wolfe, M.D.
Mommy Makeover Case 11358 Before & After Front | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before & After
Case: 26 of 100

Case #11358

This is a 33 year old, 5'3", 128 pound woman who underwent a mommy makeover by Dr. Steven Vath. She underwent a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) to flatten and tighten her abdomen. She also had a breast augmentation with 265cc low profile, smooth, round, silicone gel implants and a mastopexy (breast lift) to improve her breast shape and perkiness. Post-operative... Read More
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.
Tummy Tuck Case 800 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After (1 year)
Case: 27 of 100

Case #800

This 51 year old mother of 1 had lost nearly 80 pounds, but was discouraged because her abdomen was not reflecting her efforts. She underwent an extended tummy tuck (where the incision continues slightly past the hip bones to manage the redundant skin on her flanks) and adjunctive liposuction of the flanks as well. She is thrilled with her new, flat... Read More
Surgeon: Paul M. Steinwald, M.D.
Tummy Tuck Case 791 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After (6 months)
Case: 28 of 100

Case #791

This is a 46 year old, 5'0", 158 lb  mom of 2 who lost nearly 30 pounds in about a year. She felt that the loose skin on her abdomen did not accurately reflect the hard work she put in with diet and exercise to attain her lower weight. She underwent a tummy tuck to tighten the bowed muscles in her abdomen and remove the loose skin from... Read More
Surgeon: Paul M. Steinwald, M.D.
Mommy Makeover Case 470 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 29 of 100

Case #470

This is a 45 year old, 5'4", 145 pound woman who had two children and was frustrated about her body. She complained of sagging breasts and a loose tummy and wanted it fixed. She was unable to make any further progress with diet and exercise so she sought out Dr. Vath to see what plastic surgery could offer. She chose to undergo an abdominoplasty... Read More
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.
Tummy Tuck Case 11403 Before & After Left Oblique | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before & After
Case: 30 of 100

Case #11403

This is a 39 year old, 5'8", 168 lb. woman who underwent a tummy tuck by Dr. Steven Vath in Denver, CO. Her post-operative pictures are from 6 months after surgery.
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.
Tummy Tuck Case 953 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After (10 months)
Case: 31 of 100

Case #953

Surgeon: Paul M. Steinwald, M.D.
Tummy Tuck Case 11400 Before & After Front | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before & After
Case: 32 of 100

Case #11400

This is a 31 year old, 5'3", 158 lb. woman who underwent a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) with liposuction to her hips. Post-operative pictures are from two months after surgery.
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.
Mommy Makeover Case 299 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 33 of 100

Case #299

This 35-year-old woman wanted to improve the shape of her breasts and body after four pregnancies.  She underwent a "mommy makeover" consisting of a breast augmentation with lift and an abdominoplasty with liposuction of her flanks.  She chose 339 cc silicone implants, and had a vertical mastopexy at the same time.  Her bra... Read More
Surgeon: Andrew J. Wolfe, M.D.
Mommy Makeover Case 11315 Before & After Left Oblique | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before & After
Case: 34 of 100

Case #11315

This is a 34 year old woman who underwent a mommy makeover by Dr. Steven Vath. She had a tummy tuck to tighten her abdomen and give it a more attractive contour. She had a breast lift to improve her breast shape and 220cc low profile silicone gel implants placed to help achieve a fuller appearance. Post-operative pictures are from 6 months... Read More
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.
Mommy Makeover Case 11314 Before & After Front | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before & After
Case: 35 of 100

Case #11314

This is a 44 year old mother, who wanted to get rid of her extra tummy skin and saggy, deflated breasts. She underwent a mommy makeover by Dr. Steven Vath in order to flatten and tighten her abdomen and lift her breasts into a more attractive, youthful shape. She did not have breast implants placed. Rather, her natural breast tissue was used to achieve... Read More
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.
Mommy Makeover Case 777 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After (3 months)
Case: 36 of 100

Case #777

45 year-old woman who had breast fed 3 kids for 6-12 months each, now in a DD cup range (weight approximately 180 lb down from a maximum of 210lb), with an extensive "diastasis recti" stretching of the abdominal musculature, and signficant overlying stretch marks.She was treated in our outpatient surgical facility near Denver with a Mommy... Read More
Surgeon: Paul M. Steinwald, M.D.
Mommy Makeover Case 393 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 37 of 100

Case #393

This is a 39 year old, 5'0", 118 pound woman who decided to have cosmetic surgery to get rid of her loose tummy and deflated breasts. She underwent an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) to flatten and tighten her abdomen. She also underwent a breast augmentation with smooth, round, 304 cc silicone gel implants placed through an inframammary fold... Read More
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.
Tummy Tuck Case 271 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 38 of 100

Case #271

This is a 33-year-old mother of two who presented with significant laxity of her abdomen.  She is shown before and 11 months after an abdominoplasty.  She is 5'3" and weighs 130 lbs.
Surgeon: Andrew J. Wolfe, M.D.
Mommy Makeover Case 366 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 39 of 100

Case #366

This is a 52 year old, 5'2", 138 pound woman who wanted perkier breasts and a flatter, tighter tummy. She previously underwent breast augmentation at another facility with 535 cc saline implants She wanted these removed and replaced with significantly smaller, gel implants and to have a mastopexy (breast lift) to achieve a perkier appearance... Read More
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.
Mommy Makeover Case 11310 Before & After Front | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before & After
Case: 40 of 100

Case #11310

This is a 44 year old, 5'5", 135 lb. woman who underwent a mommy makeover by Dr. Steven Vath. This included a tummy tuck to flatten and tighten her abdomen and a breast lift with implants (230cc low profile silicone gel) in order to achieve a more attractive shape to her breasts and better symmetry. The scars will fade considerably and become inconspicuous... Read More
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.
Tummy Tuck Case 190 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 41 of 100

Case #190

This 33-year-old woman wished to correct the laxity she developed after having 2 children.  She is 5'3" and weighs 138 lbs.  She underwent an abdominoplasty with a small amount of liposuction in her flanks.  After the surgery, she is quite happy with the toned appearance of her abdomen, and actually feels that her athletic... Read More
Surgeon: Andrew J. Wolfe, M.D.
Tummy Tuck Case 853 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After (6 weeks)
Case: 42 of 100

Case #853

This is a 49 year-old woman who had delivered 2 children at least 16 years prior, and had undergone abdominal liposuction soon after. She now weighed 10 lb under her max (currently 150 lb), but was still bothered by the muscular laxity and fullness of her midsection.  I advised her that a formal abdominoplasty was a more appropriate procedure... Read More
Surgeon: Paul M. Steinwald, M.D.
Tummy Tuck Case 958 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After (3 months)
Case: 43 of 100

Case #958

This is a 46 year old, 5'8", 165 lb mother of 3 who wanted to get rid her lower abdominal "pooch." She was a great candidate for a tummy tuck, which removed excess skin and fat from her belly button to her pubic bone, and also repaired the underlying bowed muscles from breast bone to pubis. For additional contouring,... Read More
Surgeon: Paul M. Steinwald, M.D.
Tummy Tuck Case 491 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 44 of 100

Case #491

This 54-year-old mother of three underwent a tummy tuck.  She is shown before and 1 year after her procedure.  She is 5'4" and 115 lbs.
Surgeon: Andrew J. Wolfe, M.D.
Mommy Makeover Case 367 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 45 of 100

Case #367

This is a 45 year old, 5'5", 122 pound woman who complained about sagging breasts that were somewhat asymmetrical in size, and a loose tummy. She underwent a Colorado mastopexy to lift the breasts along with a small reduction of her right breast to achieve better symmetry. She also underwent a Colorado tummy tuck to flatten and tighten her abdomen.... Read More
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.
Best Denver Drain-free Tummy Tuck Abdominoplasty
Before / After (6 months)
Case: 46 of 100

Case #950

34 year-old mom of 2 who had lost 30+ pounds from her maximum weight (now 128lb) wished to address her loose skin and somewhat lac musculature. She underwent a drain-free abdominoplasty (with liposuction to her flanks, approximately 400cc each), and did very nicely, with photos here representing her results at 6 months. If you have similar issues... Read More
Surgeon: Paul M. Steinwald, M.D.
Tummy Tuck Case 945 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After (3 months)
Case: 47 of 100

Case #945

This is a 47 year old mother of 2 who wanted to get rid of the excess skin and fat on her abdomen. She underwent an extended tummy tuck in which the incision was carried out slightly past the hip bones on either side to remove all of the redundant skin. She also opted to have power-assisted liposuction to further smooth the appearance of the flanks.She... Read More
Surgeon: Paul M. Steinwald, M.D.
Mommy Makeover Case 382 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 48 of 100

Case #382

This is a 34 year old, 5'10", 156 pound woman who, after children, complained of deflated breasts and a loose tummy. She underwent a Denver breast augmentation by Dr. Steven Vath. She chose 339 cc, smooth, round, silicone breast implants placed through an inframammary (breast crease) incision into a subpectoral position (beneath the... Read More
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.
Breast Augmentation Case 325 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 49 of 100

Case #325

This is a 25-year-old mother of 4 who wanted to regain the shape she had prior to childbearing.  Although she was quite fit, her breasts were small and relaxed, and her abdomen had loose skin and muscle.  She underwent a mommy makeover consisting of a tummy tuck and augmentation with a vertical mastopexy.  Her implants are round,... Read More
Surgeon: Andrew J. Wolfe, M.D.
Tummy Tuck Case 11391 Before & After Front | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before & After
Case: 50 of 100

Case #11391

This is a 46 year old, 5'5", 113 lb. woman who underwent a tummy tuck by Dr. Steven Vath. Notice the natural  contours that give a feminine appearance to her tummy and the attractive belly button after surgery. Post-operative pictures are from 3 years after her surgery. Read More
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.
Mommy Makeover Case 11309 Before & After Front | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before & After
Case: 51 of 100

Case #11309

This is a 47 year old, 5'1", 130 lb. woman who underwent a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), breast lift (mastopexy), and some liposuction to the hips. Post-operative pictures are from 6 months after her mommy makeover.
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.
Tummy Tuck Case 487 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 52 of 100

Case #487

This is a 41-year-old Denver mother of 3 who underwent a no-drain Tummy Tuck.  She is shown before and 6 months after her procedure.  She is 5'3" and 150 lbs.
Surgeon: Andrew J. Wolfe, M.D.
Tummy Tuck Case 192 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 53 of 100

Case #192

This 38-year-old woman came in seeking improvement of her loose abdomen and full thighs.  She underwent an abdominoplasty and liposuction of her hips.  She weighs 132 lbs and is 5'3" tall.  Photos were taken 2 years after her surgery. Read More
Surgeon: Andrew J. Wolfe, M.D.
Tummy Tuck Case 955 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After (9 months)
Case: 54 of 100

Case #955

This is a 33 year old, 5’5’” 160 pound mother of two who wanted to get rid of the loose skin on her abdomen. She underwent a tummy tuck which removed the excess skin and fat from her belly button to pubic bone, as well as repaired the bowed muscles of her abdomen. She also had liposuction of the hips and flanks for additional... Read More
Surgeon: Paul M. Steinwald, M.D.
Mommy Makeover Case 234 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 55 of 100

Case #234

This 23-year-old mother of two came to see Dr. Wolfe for a "mommy-makeover".  She felt that her breasts were "deflated" after breastfeeding, and she had significant laxity of her abdomen.  She underwent a breast augmentation and an abdominoplasty.  Post-operative pictures were taken 4 months after her surgery, and... Read More
Surgeon: Andrew J. Wolfe, M.D.
Mommy Makeover Case 373 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 56 of 100

Case #373

This 45-year-old mother of three underwent a "mommy-makeover" consisting of a breast augmentation and an abdominoplasty.  Her implants are 390-420 moderate-profile saline filled to 445 cc, and were placed into a subpectoral plane via an inframammary incision.  Her breast size increased from a 34B to a D.  She is 5'7"... Read More
Surgeon: Andrew J. Wolfe, M.D.
Tummy Tuck Case 11392 Before & After Right Oblique | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before & After
Case: 57 of 100

Case #11392

This is a 39 year old, 5'2", 140 lb. woman who wanted to get her pre-pregnancy tummy back after having children. She had a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) by Dr. Steven Vath to flatten her tummy muscles and tighten her skin to contour abdomen. Post-operative pictures are from 2 months after surgery. Read More
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.
Mommy Makeover Case 683 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
BEFORE / AFTER (3 mo)
Case: 58 of 100

Case #683

This patient is a 41 year-old local health care professional who had delivered 2 children approximately 20 years earlier, one via C-section.  She also breastfed for 2 years, going from a B cup to a D cup, and then "deflating" a fair amount.  As is common with other women in and near Denver, a "Mommy Makeover" is essentially what she... Read More
Surgeon: Paul M. Steinwald, M.D.
Mommy Makeover Case 418 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 59 of 100

Case #418

This is a 37-year-old woman who underwent a Mommy Makeover consisting of a breast augmentation and abdominoplasty. Her implants are 240cc low profile silicone and were placed via an inframammary incision. She was a 34A and is now a 34B. She is 5'2" and 107 lbs. Postoperative photos were taken 1 year after her surgery. Read More
Surgeon: Andrew J. Wolfe, M.D.
Tummy Tuck Case 11396 Before & After Right Oblique | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before & After
Case: 60 of 100

Case #11396

This is a 31 year old, 5'8", 130 lb. woman who underwent a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) by Dr. Steven Vath in Denver, Colorado. Post-operative pictures are from three years after her procedure.
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.
Tummy Tuck Case 426 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 61 of 100

Case #426

This is a 57-year-old man who lost 80 pounds after a gastric banding procedure. He underwent an abdominoplasty to correct the lax skin and muscle that resulted from his massive weight loss. He is 5'9" and 170 lbs. Photos were taken 8 months after his procedure. Read More
Surgeon: Andrew J. Wolfe, M.D.
Mommy Makeover Case 720 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 62 of 100

Case #720

This is a 33 year old, 5'4", 130 pound woman who underwent a Denver mommy makeover. This included a breast augmentation to fill out her breasts and an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) to flatten and tighten her tummy. She chose 371cc, smooth, round silicone gel implants placed through an inframammary fold incision into a subpectoral position. She also... Read More
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.
Tummy Tuck Case 11387 Before & After Left Oblique | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before & After
Case: 63 of 100

Case #11387

This is a 37 year old, 5'6", 125 lb. woman who underwent a tummy tuck in Denver, CO with Dr. Steven Vath. This gave her a bikini tummy, with a smoother, flatter contour, a low hidden scar and a pretty belly button. Post-operative pictures are from 2 months after surgery. Read More
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.
Tummy Tuck Case 946 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After (6 months)
Case: 64 of 100

Case #946

Surgeon: Paul M. Steinwald, M.D.
Tummy Tuck Case 197 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 65 of 100

Case #197

This is a 20-year old woman who wished to improve the shape of her abdomen after having twins.  She is 5'3" and 118 lbs.  Photos were taken 11 months after her surgery
Surgeon: Andrew J. Wolfe, M.D.
Best Denver Tummy Tuck Abdominoplasty
Before / After (3 months)
Case: 66 of 100

Case #948

34 year-old who had delivered several children and was left with significant skin damage and a moderate diastasis-recti deformity, nicely addressed via a formal abdominoplasty (with minor flank liposuction). The patient did very nicely and is shown here approximately 3 months post-op. If you have similar issues and live in or around Denver, a tummy... Read More
Surgeon: Paul M. Steinwald, M.D.
Tummy Tuck Case 439 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 67 of 100

Case #439

This is a 35 year old woman who wanted to flatten her tummy and hips after having children. She underwent an abdominoplasty with liposuction to her hips. Post-operative pictures are from 2 years after surgery.
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.
Mommy Makeover Case 11379 Before & After Front | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before & After
Case: 68 of 100

Case #11379

This is a 34 year old, 5'8", 146 lb. woman who wanted a tighter tummy and perkier breasts after having children. She underwent a mommy makeover by Dr. Steven Vath. For her breasts, she chose to have a mastopexy (breast lift) without implants which reshaped her breasts into a more attractive, youthful contour. She had an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)... Read More
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.
Tummy Tuck Case 11390 Before & After Front | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before & After
Case: 69 of 100

Case #11390

This is a 32 year old, 5'1", 122 lb. woman who underwent a tummy tuck by another surgeon. She was upset about the results and didn't like the contour of her tummy or her very irregular, high scar. A complete tummy tuck revision was performed by Dr. Steven Vath to improve her abdominal appearance and lower her scar. Post-operative pictures... Read More
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.
Tummy Tuck Case 947 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After (3 months)
Case: 70 of 100

Case #947

This is a 37 year old, 5'2," 114 lb,  mother of 3 who, although very fit, complained that her abdomen still looked "full." She underwent a tummy tuck during which the bowed abdominal muscles were tightened, and excess skin was removed. She also had an umbilical hernia which was easily repaired at the same... Read More
Surgeon: Paul M. Steinwald, M.D.
Tummy Tuck Case 11405 Before & After Front | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before & After
Case: 71 of 100

Case #11405

This is a 37 year old, 5'3", 135 lb. woman who underwent a tummy tuck by Dr. Steven Vath. Post-operative pictures are from 9 months after her procedure. 
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.
Tummy Tuck Case 11394 Before & After Front | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before & After
Case: 72 of 100

Case #11394

This is a 34 year old, 5'4", 180 lb. woman who underwent a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) with power-assisted liposuction of the hips by Dr. Steven Vath. Post-operative pictures are from 10 months after surgery.
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.
Best Denver Tummy Tuck Abdominoplasty
Before/After (6 months)
Case: 73 of 100

Case #11457

39 year-old who had had 2 kids in her early 20's, currently at 5'4", 150lb. She underwent a standard drain-free abdominoplasty and did nicely overall, with photos here representing her results at 6 months post-op. If you have similar post-pregnancy issues and live in or near Denver, a drain-free tummy tuck such as this might nicely benefit you as... Read More
Surgeon: Paul M. Steinwald, M.D.
Mommy Makeover Case 270 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 74 of 100

Case #270

This is a 36-year-old woman who wished to improve the shape and size of her breasts and regain the athletic shape that she had prior to having children.  She was a B cup, and underwent submuscular breast augmentation with saline implants placed via an inframammary approach.  Her right implant is filled to 365 cc, her left to 380 cc, and... Read More
Surgeon: Andrew J. Wolfe, M.D.
Tummy Tuck Case 302 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 75 of 100

Case #302

This is a 32 year old, 5'5", 140 pound Colorado woman who complained of some extra tummy skin and lower fatty roll that she couldn't get rid of after having children. Additionally, her abdominal muscles had separated during pregnancy creating a rounder tummy than she wanted. She underwent a Denver abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and... Read More
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.
Mommy Makeover Case 392 Before & After View #2 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 76 of 100

Case #392

This is a 30 year old, 5'4", 148 pound woman who underwent a Colorado "mommy makeover" which included an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and mastopexy (breast lift) without implants. She wanted to achieve a flatter, tighter tummy and a lifted, rounder, perkier breast contour. The post-operative pictures are from 4 months after surgery. The... Read More
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.
Tummy Tuck Case 207 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 77 of 100

Case #207

This is a 38-year-old woman who desired improvement in her abdominal shape.  She underwent an abdominoplasty, and photos were taken 5 months later.  She is 5'8" and 160 lbs.
Surgeon: Andrew J. Wolfe, M.D.
Tummy Tuck Case 550 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
BEFORE / AFTER
Case: 78 of 100

Case #550

32 year-old young mother who had delivered 2 children, and currently had lost a majority of her "baby weight" (and was approximately 5'6", 140'), but wished to address her resistant areas of fatty fullness as well as abdominal contour irregularities.  I recommended she undergo a formal abdominoplasty with a neoumbilicoplasty... Read More
Surgeon: Paul M. Steinwald, M.D.
Tummy Tuck Case 11539 Before & After Front | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before & After
Case: 79 of 100

Case #11539

This is a 57 year old, 5'4", 170 lb. woman who underwent an abdominoplasty by Dr. Steven Vath. Post-operative pictures are from 6 weeks after surgery.
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.
Mommy Makeover Case 11349 Before & After Front | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before & After
Case: 80 of 100

Case #11349

This is a 37 year old, 5'4", 165 pound woman who underwent a mommy makeover by Dr. Steven Vath. She had a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) with liposuction to the hips as well as a mastopexy (breast lift). Her natural breast tissue was used to create a pretty, perky breast shape without the use of breast implants. Post-operative pictures are... Read More
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.
Tummy Tuck Case 191 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 81 of 100

Case #191

This 29-year-old woman presented with a relaxed abdomen after losing a significant amount of weight.  She is 5'7" and weighs 145 lbs.  She is shown before and 11 months after her abdominooplasty.
Surgeon: Andrew J. Wolfe, M.D.
Mommy Makeover Case 11357 Before & After Front | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before & After
Case: 82 of 100

Case #11357

This is a 44 year old, 5'7", 145 pound woman who previously underwent breast augmentation and then had children. She developed a deflation of her left saline breast implant and presented for a mommy makeover. A mommy makeover generally means a combination of surgeries to include a tummy tuck and breast surgery. In this patient's situation, her breast... Read More
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.
Mommy Makeover Case 276 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 83 of 100

Case #276

This is a 41 year old, 5'5", 132 pound woman who underwent a "mommy makeover" including a breast enhancement and a tummy tuck. In order to fill out her breasts and achieve more upper pole fullness, she underwent a breast augmentation using 339 cc smooth, round silicone gel implants placed through an inframammary (breast crease) incision into... Read More
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.
Tummy Tuck Case 11402 Before & After Front | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before & After
Case: 84 of 100

Case #11402

This is a 35 year old, 5'3", 145 lb. woman who underwent a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) to tighten her abdominal muscles and remove loose skin and excess fat.Post-operative pictures are from 6 months after surgery.
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.
Tummy Tuck Case 554 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
BEFORE / AFTER
Case: 85 of 100

Case #554

This 42 year old woman who had had several children was having trouble losing weight post-pregnancy, and was concerned about the fullness in her upper mid-abdominal area, as well as the "hanging effect" above her waistline. She currently weighed approximately 175 pounds (standing approximately 5'5").I advised her that she was an... Read More
Surgeon: Paul M. Steinwald, M.D.
Tummy Tuck Case 36 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 86 of 100

Case #36

This is a 44 year old, 5'1", 110 pound female who underwent an abdominoplasty. Post-operative pictures are from 4 months after surgery.
Surgeon: Andrew J. Wolfe, M.D.
Tummy Tuck Case 951 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After (9 months)
Case: 87 of 100

Case #951

Surgeon: Paul M. Steinwald, M.D.
Tummy Tuck Case 444 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 88 of 100

Case #444

This is a 47-year-old mother of three who underwent an abdominoplasty with liposuction of her flanks.  She is 5'7" and 157 lbs.  She is shown before and 14 months after her surgery.
Surgeon: Andrew J. Wolfe, M.D.
Mommy Makeover Case 11346 Before & After Left Oblique | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before & After
Case: 89 of 100

Case #11346

This is a 36 year old woman who underwent a mommy makeover by Dr. Steven Vath. This included a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) with some liposuction to her hips and a breast augmentation (implants) with mastopexy (breast lift). She had 350cc, smooth, round, low profile gel implants placed. Post-operative pictures are from one month after... Read More
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.
Tummy Tuck Case 956 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After (6 months)
Case: 90 of 100

Case #956

This 42 year old, 5'6", 170 pound mother of 2 wanted to get rid of the lax skin on her abdomen as well as repair the diastasis recti deformity that was a result of pregnancy. She was a great candidate for a tummy tuck, which removed excess skin from her belly button to her pubic bone, and also repaired the underlying lax muscles.... Read More
Surgeon: Paul M. Steinwald, M.D.
Tummy Tuck Case 552 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
BEFORE / AFTER
Case: 91 of 100

Case #552

A 42 year-old who had previously undergone a split-earlobe repair and returned asking about options for her persistent lower abdominal fullness, having delivered 2 children, most recently approximately 15 years prior. As she did not have a significant amount of lower abdominal skin excess (and tone remained good), liposuction alone was... Read More
Surgeon: Paul M. Steinwald, M.D.
Mommy Makeover Case 11375 Before & After Left Oblique | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before & After
Case: 92 of 100

Case #11375

This is a 38 year old, 5'9", 145 pound woman who underwent a mommy makeover by Dr. Steven Vath. She had 325cc, smooth, round, silicone gel implants placed followed by a breast lift (mastopexy) to fill out and lift her breasts into a prettier, perkier shape. She also had a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) to flatten and tighten her tummy and achieve an... Read More
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.
Tummy Tuck Case 799 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After (6 months)
Case: 93 of 100

Case #799

This is a 41 year old,  5'9", 180 lb mother of 2 who wanted to get rid of the excess skin on her abdomen. She underwent a tummy tuck at our Apex surgical facility in Golden, CO. Her abdominal muscles were tightened from her breast bone to her pubis, and a significant amount of skin was removed from her belly button to her pubic bone.After... Read More
Surgeon: Paul M. Steinwald, M.D.
Mommy Makeover Case 712 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 94 of 100

Case #712

This is a 38 year old, 5'4", 136 pound woman who complained of large, pendulous breasts and a loose tummy after having children. She underwent a breast reduction to lift and reduce her breasts to a perkier, more attractive and balanced appearance. She also underwent an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) in order to flatten and tighen her tummy. Her post-operative... Read More
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.
Breast Lift Case 141 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 95 of 100

Case #141

This is a 44 year old, 5' 9", 148 pound Colorado woman who lost 70 pounds prior to surgery.  She decided that she wanted a breast lift (mastopexy) without breast implants, understanding that this would create the sense of having slightly smaller breasts after the skin was tightened.  She also underwent an abdominoplasty... Read More
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.
Mommy Makeover Case 349 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 96 of 100

Case #349

This is a 37 year old, 5'6", 179 pound woman who underwent a mastopexy (breast lift) and abdominoplasty. Her goals were to have lifted, perkier breasts and a flatter, tighter tummy. Post-operative pictures are from 3 months after surgery. Read More
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.
Body Lift Case 785 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 97 of 100

Case #785

This 5'2", 145 lb mom of 3 lost a significant amount of weight which left her with loose skin on her abdomen. While a tummy tuck would have remedied that problem, she also wanted to lift her buttocks and outer thighs, so a circumferential body lift (or belt lipectomy) was performed. In a lower body lift, the tummy tuck incision (usually hip... Read More
Surgeon: Paul M. Steinwald, M.D.
Mommy Makeover Case 11385 Before & After Left Oblique | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before & After
Case: 98 of 100

Case #11385

This is a 39 year old, 5'3", 122 lb. woman who underwent a mommy makeover by Dr. Steven Vath. This surgery included a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), breast lift (mastopexy) with implants and some liposuction on her outer thighs. She chose 220cc, low profile, smooth, round, silicone gel implants. The breast lift improved her shape while the implants... Read More
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.
Tummy Tuck Case 40 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 99 of 100

Case #40

This is a 37 year old, 5'6", 130 pound Denver, CO woman who underwent an abdominoplasty and liposuction of her flanks. Post-operative pictures are from 10 months after surgery.
Surgeon: Andrew J. Wolfe, M.D.
Mommy Makeover Case 11377 Before & After Front | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before & After
Case: 100 of 100

Case #11377

This is a 36 year old, 5'2', 125 pound woman who underwent a mommy makeover by Dr. Steven Vath. She had a tummy tuck to flatten her tummy and create a more attractive abdominal contour. She had some liposuction of her hips as well to refine the appearance of her torso. For her breasts, she underwent a mastopexy (breast lift), using her own natural... Read More
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

Am I a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?

An ideal tummy tuck candidate has excess abdominal skin and bowed, or lax, abdominal muscles, which are typically caused by pregnancy or weight loss. Good candidates also have a few things in common:

  • They are at or near their ideal weight.
  • They maintain a regular diet and exercise routine.
  • Skin and muscle laxity seems unaffected by workouts.

For these patients, a tummy tuck can both sculpt the waistline and repair weakened muscles in the abdominal wall. Some excess abdominal fat is removed, as well, but a patient with significant tummy rolls may want to consider liposuction. Patients who have both excess fat and skin may benefit from a combination of the 2 procedures.

What Is a Mini Tummy Tuck?

You may be familiar with the concept of a “mini” tummy tuck, which is a modified version of the traditional (“full”) tummy tuck. Our surgeons perform the mini tummy tuck at our Denver practice using a slightly shorter incision. This procedure focuses only on the area below the navel, which is a common location for unwanted fat and skin to accumulate. While most patients require a full tummy tuck, certain patients may achieve satisfactory results by limiting the surgery to this area.

During your consultation, your surgeon thoroughly examines your abdomen and helps you determine if this approach is likely to give you the results you’d like.

How Is a Tummy Tuck Performed?

tummy tuck incisionsThe tummy tuck procedure slims the waist and flattens the stomach by removing excess skin and tightening the muscles of the abdominal wall. During your procedure, the surgeon begins by making a horizontal incision along the lower abdomen. Depending on the extent of the tummy tuck, a slightly longer incision or an additional incision at the navel may be necessary.

In a traditional tummy tuck, fluid can accumulate in the “open space” that the procedure creates between the abdominal flap (the skin and fat) and the abdominal wall. Some surgeons insert drains to avoid this. Dr. Wolfe, Dr. Steinwald, and Dr. Vath perform a specialized “no-drain tummy tuck,” which uses progressive tension sutures to essentially eliminate the open space, removing the need for a drain. Patients are unable to feel the sutures, and they dissolve over time. In addition to eliminating the need for drains, this form of suturing removes tension from the incision resulting in a very fine-line scar when healed.

What Is Tummy Tuck Recovery Like?

After the procedure, many patients report a tighter feel to the abdomen right away. This tight feeling does diminish in the weeks that follow, because the initial swelling decreases and your body readjusts to the new shape of your midsection.

Because our surgeons practice the no-drain tummy tuck, there are no drain tubes to manage or remove later in the process. It also reduces discomfort and the risk of infection.

When Can I Exercise After a Tummy Tuck?

Even on the day of your surgery, it’s very important to get up and move around a bit, because it prevents blood clots and encourages your body to heal more quickly. Resuming normal activity is more gradual: Most patients can resume light activity after 10 to 15 days, but you will need to wait at least 6 weeks before any rigorous exercise.

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Keys to Attractive Results

Placing the incision low for an inconspicuous scar.

Because the length of the incision required by a typical tummy tuck can extend from hip to hip, it’s imperative that the surgeon places it as low as possible on the abdomen and uses a meticulous technique to ensure a smooth healing process.

Although the resulting scar will not fully disappear, with proper aftercare, it can fade and flatten significantly until it’s quite hard to see. As with any other surgical procedure, abdominoplasty patients should be careful to avoid exposing their incisions to sunlight until they’re fully healed.

Selectively using liposuction to “blend” the abdomen with the hips.

Tummy tuck surgery isn’t simply a matter of removing excess skin. For natural-looking, aesthetically pleasing results that last, you need careful shaping and smoothing of the entire torso. This often includes selective liposuction of the flanks, hips, and other areas to reduce fat and sculpt the improved abdomen along with the rest of the body. This creates an overall improved appearance that matches your own natural proportions and contours.

Paying special attention to the navel.

Rebuilding and improving the navel is an integral part of the abdominoplasty procedure. A normal belly button blends with the rest of the abdomen, with a natural-looking “funneled” appearance that you feel comfortable showing off. Abdominoplasty does require a small incision made within the navel, but careful sculpting and reshaping of the area create an attractive appearance that’s neither too taut or too round — a perfectly natural-looking dimple.

How to Choose a Tummy Tuck Surgeon

For optimal safety and results, it’s important to choose your plastic surgeon carefully. Important guidelines include:

  • Review many impressive before-and-after photos.
  • Find a surgeon who specializes in cosmetic plastic surgery.
  • Seek a surgeon who upholds the proper credentials.
  • Make sure the surgeon uses only an accredited, state-of-the-art surgical facility.
  • Decide, if upon meeting the surgeon, you make a connection.

Meet Our Surgeons

Board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Steven Vath, Dr. Andrew Wolfe, and Dr. Paul Steinwald lead our patient-centered practice with warmth, honesty, and respect. Their combined expertise and credentials have placed us among Colorado's premier aesthetic centers.

Important Truths About Your Tummy Tuck

Exercise will not flatten a tummy after pregnancy or weight loss. Although exercise can reduce tummy fat and strengthen the abdominal musculature, it does not flatten the muscles nor tighten lax skin. After aggressive work-out regimens, women often find themselves frustrated over their inability to flatten their tummies stretched out from weight loss or pregnancy. Fortunately, an abdominoplasty manages these problems.

Drainage tubes are not generally not necessary after a tummy tuck. Except in rare circumstances, Dr. Vath, Dr. Wolfe, and Dr. Steinwald do not employ drains with tummy tucks. Surgical drains are a source of discomfort and anxiety for many patients following a tummy tuck. In a traditional tummy tuck procedure, drains are used to prevent fluid accumulation in the “open space” created between the abdominal flap (skin and fat) and the muscle. Through the use of progressive tension sutures, Dr. Vath, Dr. Wolfe, and Dr. Steinwald can eliminate this space, as well as securely advance the flap with tension distributed over a broader area. Patients can not feel these sutures so they are not even aware of their presence. After a few months, they dissolve leaving no foreign material whatsoever in the body. This technique prevents seroma formation (fluid build up) as there is no longer any space in which fluid can accumulate.

Liposuction is usually not needed to achieve the flattest results, but is often used during the procedure to address excess fat in other areas such as the hips or thighs. This can be added very safely to improve the overall body contouring achieved during surgery. Liposuction is generally not helpful in creating the flattest abdomen during an abdominoplasty. The fat beneath the excised skin in the lower abdomen is completely removed with the skin. When indicated, some excess fat in the upper abdomen can also be trimmed to create a more even, thinner contour. Occasionally, if there are significant fat pockets over the lower ribs in the upper abdomen, liposuction of these areas can be helpful.

The benefits of a tummy tuck last indefinitely. The need for a tummy tuck is the result of an inflation and deflation of the abdominal tissues, usually from pregnancy or significant weight loss. Once a woman undergoes an abdominoplasty, the tummy will not stretch out again to any considerable degree, unless there is another inflation and deflation. Therefore, it is fair to say that the results of a tummy tuck are permanent. Although the abdomen will slightly relax over time, there will not be the need or desire for another abdominoplasty.

Mini-tummy tucks are generally inadequate after pregnancy or weight loss. Many patients inquire about a mini-tummy tuck in hopes of minimizing their cost, recovery time and scarring. Good candidates for a mini tummy tuck are rare, as most patients with abdominal laxity are much better candidates for a full tummy tuck. With a mini tummy tuck, a much smaller area of skin is removed, and only the muscle in the lower abdomen is tightened. The skin around the belly button is not released from around the belly button which prevents its tightening. The scar is somewhat shorter in length than that resulting from a full tummy tuck, but not usually considerably different. Occasionally, a patient will come in for a consultation with mild, isolated lower abdominal skin laxity without any muscle laxity or loose skin around the umbilicus. In these cases, the mini may be appropriate.

tummy tuck before and after photosThis is 31 year old, 5’6″, 160 lb. woman who, after having children, underwent a mini-tummy tuck at another facility. She presented to the Center for Cosmetic Surgery with complaints about her abdominal contour. She underwent an abdominoplasty procedure in order to address the areas that were not managed during the first operation. These include an incomplete flattening of the abdominal musculature, incomplete tightening of skin around and above the umbilicus, and an uneven, imbalanced overall tummy contour.

Abdominoplasty patients need not be ideal body weight. A woman need not be ideal body weight to get great results from a tummy tuck. Although losing weight prior to having plastic surgery can allow for a more attractive transformation, not everyone can reach ideal body weight. The majority of any planned weight loss should be shed prior to surgery. But once you’ve maximized your efforts, or stabilized, plastic surgery can be considered to manage tummy rolls or skin laxity, and stretched, separated abdominal muscles. Some of the most gratified patients are somewhat overweight prior to undergoing tummy tuck surgery. At the Center for Cosmetic Surgery, we believe that success after cosmetic surgery is measured by a patient’s happiness with the aesthetic changes that can be safely accomplished- not the realization of some idealized, societal version of beauty.

A tummy tuck is not a weight loss operation; it is a body contouring procedure. Most patients lose less than five pounds after the removal of belly fat and skin. However, there is typically a marked change in their size and contour.

Identifying Good Tummy Tuck Results

The scar is precisely placed in a low position, hidden by small undergarments or a bikini. The scar from an abdominoplasty must ultimately reside in the perfect location. Preoperative planning and precise markings ensure that during closure of the tummy skin, the opposing forces of the upper and lower wound margins leave the scar at the bikini line. At the Center for Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Vath, Dr. Wolfe, and Dr. Steinwald pay close attention to creating a fine line, symmetrical scar in the most hidden location.

The belly button funnels inward in a natural, attractive fashion. The appearance of the belly button is critical to the overall natural beauty of a tummy after an abdominoplasty. During a tummy tuck, the belly button is released to allow the skin around and above it to shift downward and achieve an evenly tight and contoured look. When the belly button is inset into the new skin that has moved down over it, special care must be taken to give it a funneling, puckered appearance. Dr. Vath, Dr. Wolfe, and Dr. Steinwald use a technique of suturing the fat around the new hole overlying the belly button down to the muscle, delivering the surface skin down to the original umbilicus. This is distinctive from simply pulling the belly button up through the hole and sewing it in place which creates a flat circle at the tummy surface and looks unnatural.

Feminine shape and contour to the flattened tummy is created. Through muscle tightening and the placement of sequential tension sutures, a nicely contoured, feminine abdomen is achieved.

No excess skin and fat (called dogears) are left behind at the end of the scars leaving a smooth waist. Limiting scar length is a worthwhile goal, but not at the detriment of contour. The skin excision must be carried far enough to remove the proper amount of tissue and prevent puckers called dogears.

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FAQ

Can I combine a tummy tuck with other procedures?

Yes, and many of our patients decide to do so. People who have lost a lot of weight often combine their tummy tucks with other body contouring surgeries. Another very common way to combine procedures is a Mommy Makeover, which adds liposuction and a breast lift or breast augmentation. This combination of treatments addresses the areas most commonly affected by pregnancy. Combining procedures is perfectly safe, and is even recommended as the patient can undergo just one anesthesia event and one recovery period. Additionally, there is typically a price reduction when procedures are combined.

Is a tummy tuck or liposuction better for me?

If the main thing causing dissatisfaction with your midsection is excess skin, especially if that excess skin is a result of pregnancy or prior weight loss, a tummy tuck is likely the right choice. If it’s excess fat, then liposuction may be a better choice.

In your initial consultation, Dr. Wolfe, Dr. Vath, or Dr. Steinwald will examine your abdomen and provide a recommendation of whether a tummy tuck, liposuction, or both would produce better results.

What should I expect in terms of scarring?

In a tummy tuck procedure, the surgeon makes a horizontal incision along the bottom of the abdomen, from hip to hip just above the pubic area. The low placement is purposeful: It makes the resulting scar easy to hide under clothes, because it falls below the bikini line. Initially, the scar may feel hard or puffy. It will take up to 1 year to fully heal and fade. We can provide tips on scar care during your consultation.

A consultation with board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Wolfe, Dr. Vath, or Dr. Steinwald in Denver is the best way to determine whether the procedure is right for you. You may request a consultation or give us a call at  (303) 278-2600.

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