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Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

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At our Denver and Golden, Colorado, practice, 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.

A consultation with Dr. Wolfe, Dr. Vath, or Dr. Steinwald 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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Tummy Tuck Case 491 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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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 Wolfe
Tummy Tuck Case 954 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #954

This 54 year old, 5'6", 164 lb mother of 1 wanted to get rid of the lax skin on her abdomen. She was a great candidate for an extended tummy tuck, which requires a slightly longer incision to remove the excess skin from her abdomen. She also opted to have liposuction of the flanks to give her an even smoother contour.Her... Read More
Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Tummy Tuck Case 645 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #645

This 50 year-old woman interested in an abdminoplasty was referred by a former patient of ours.  She had delivered 3 children (but had no C-sections or other abdominal surgeries), and despite getting her weight down to the 150-pound range, her abdominal fullness remained.  I advised her that she was an excellent candidate for... Read More
Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Tummy Tuck Case 798 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #798

This 40 year old mother of 3 is 5'2", and 148 pounds. She came for a consultation to discuss the loose skin on her abdomen. She was an ideal candidate for a Tummy Tuck, and she also added some liposuction to her hips and flanks. She is very pleased with her low scar that is easily hidden by her underwear or a two-piece and her flat tummy.After... Read More
Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Tummy Tuck Case 639 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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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 Steinwald
Tummy Tuck Case 877 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #877

This 34 year old, 5'6, 135 pound mother of three had lax abdominal skin and muscles and deflated breasts post-preganacy. She underwent a Mommy Makeover consisting of a tummy tuck and a breast augmentation. For her breast augmentation, she chose 339 cc, moderate profile silicone gel implants which were placed under the muscle via an inframammary... Read More
Surgeon: Andrew Wolfe
Tummy Tuck Case 229 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #229

This is a 37 year old, 5 foot, 108 pound Colorado woman who sought treatment for her loose abdominal skin and muscles after having children.  She underwent a Denver abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) in order to get a tight, flat abdomen.  Her scar is low so that it is hidden beneath her underwear.  Her post-operative pictures... Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Tummy Tuck Case 333 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #333

This is a 31 year old, 5'6", 140 pound woman who wanted a tighter, flatter tummy after having children. She underwent an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) procedure. Post-operative pictures are from 2 months after surgery.
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Tummy Tuck Case 321 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #321

This is a 30-year-old woman who underwent an abdominoplasty to correct the excess skin and lax muscles which resulted from pregnancy.  She is 5'2" and 130 lbs, and had her post-op photos taken 8 months after her surgery.
Surgeon: Andrew Wolfe
Tummy Tuck Case 232 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #232

This is a 35-year-old woman who came to see Dr. Wolfe for breast and body contouring after losing 100 lbs after a gastric bypass.  In a single-stage operation, Dr. Wolfe performed a circumferential lower body lift and a breast augmentation with mastopexy.  Photos were taken 6 weeks after her surgery, and show pink scars which will fade... Read More
Surgeon: Andrew Wolfe
Tummy Tuck Case 550 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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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 Steinwald
Tummy Tuck Case 780 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #780

This 5'9" 200 lb patient recently lost approximately 60 pounds. This weight loss put her at a BMI of 29.5, thus making surgery with a general anesthesia safe. She was ready to get rid of the excess skin and fat from her abdomen. Because of the amount of redundant skin that carried over to her flanks, an extended tummy tuck was recommended.... Read More
Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Tummy Tuck Case 435 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #435

This is a 44 year old, 5'4", 129 pound woman who wanted to get rid of her loose abdominal skin and muscles after having children. She underwent an abdominoplasty to achieve a more attractive, tight tummy. Post-operative pictures are from 2 months after surgery. Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Tummy Tuck Case 207 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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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 Wolfe
Tummy Tuck Case 845 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #845

This 5'4, 175lb (BMI 30) mother of 3 came to us looking to regain her pre-baby body. She had loose skin on her abdomen and her abdominal muscles were bowed out from her pregnancies. She underwent a tummy tuck with muscle repair to address this. She also complained of excess fat in her hips, flanks (muffin top), inner thighs, and back, and was... Read More
Surgeon: Andrew Wolfe
Tummy Tuck Case 271 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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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 Wolfe
Tummy Tuck Case 957 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #957

This 52 year old, 5'8", 160 pound woman consulted with Dr. Steinwald to discuss liposuction of the abdomen and flanks. Upon examination, it was determined that she did have some loose skin, and would therefore be better suited for a tummy tuck to achieve the result she wanted.After photos were taken 1 year post op. Read More
Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Tummy Tuck Case 792 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #792

This 37 year old mother of two returned to me after having an explant/implant with lift two years prior to address her abdomen. Although very fit, she felt that her hard work in the gym did not show on her tummy. She underwent a tummy tuck in which I removed excess skin and tightened her bowed abdominal muscles. She is happy with her tighter, flatter... Read More
Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Tummy Tuck Case 557 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #557

This 44 year-old woman had delivered 5 children and was left with several anticipated changes to her abdomen, including tissue redundancy and lax abdominal wall musculature. She also had somewhat enlarged and ptotic (drooping) breasts, and so she decided to have surgery for a breast reduction as well as a tummy tuck for a Mommy Makeover procedure.She... Read More
Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Tummy Tuck Case 426 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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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 Wolfe
Tummy Tuck Case 36 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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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 Wolfe
Tummy Tuck Case 337 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #337

This is a 57 year old, 5'5", 135 pound woman who wanted a flatter, tighter tummy. She underwent a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) in order to achieve this. Post-operative pictures are from 5 weeks after surgery.
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Tummy Tuck Case 487 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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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 Wolfe
Tummy Tuck Case 145 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #145

This is a 36 year old, 5 foot, 5 inch, 178 pound woman who underwent an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) to manage her complaint of an excess "roll" of skin and fat on her lower tummy.  Post-operative pictures are from 2.5 months after surgery. Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Tummy Tuck Case 16 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #16

You can’t do much about your genetic makeup. The way your body’s fat cells are distributed, for example, is a pattern that was already set for you when you were born. You can take care of yourself by exercising and maintaining a healthy weight, but a tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, combined with liposuction, may be the only way... Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Tummy Tuck Case 941 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #941

This 58 year old, 5'4", 150 lb mother of 3 wanted to get rid of the lax skin on her abdomen. 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. She also opted to have a breast augmentation and laser resurfacing of the face at... Read More
Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Tummy Tuck Case 40 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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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 Wolfe
Tummy Tuck Case 190 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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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 Wolfe
Tummy Tuck Case 948 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #948

Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Tummy Tuck Case 206 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #206

This is a 31-year-old woman who wished to improve the shape of her abdomen.  She underwent an abdominoplasty, and the photos were taken 7 months later.  She is 5'2" and 125 lbs.
Surgeon: Andrew Wolfe
Tummy Tuck Case 248 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #248

This is a 41 year old, 5'3", 175 pound woman who complained about the excess "roll" around her tummy that she couldn't get rid of on her own.  She underwent a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty in order to flatten and tighten her tummy.  Post-operative pictures are from 16 months after surgery. Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Tummy Tuck Case 202 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #202

This is a 56-year-old woman who presented with a misshapen abdomen after multiple pregnancies and abdominal surgeries.  She underwent an abdominoplasty and experienced significant improvement in the shape of her midsection.  She is 5'9" and 135 lbs, and photos were taken 8 months postoperatively. Read More
Surgeon: Andrew Wolfe
Tummy Tuck Case 160 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #160

This is a 32 year old Colorado woman who complained of excess fat around her mid-section including her abdomen, hips, and back.  She also had excess, stretched-out skin on the abdomen from her pregnancies.  She underwent a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) to flatten out her abdomen and power-assisted liposuction of her hips and back to... Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Tummy Tuck Case 305 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #305

This is a 44 year old, 5'8", 150 pound woman who underwent a Denver "mommy makeover" in order to flatten and tighten her tummy and to lift and fill out her breasts. She underwent an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) to remove extra skin and fat from her tummy and give her a tight, flat abdomen. She also had a breast lift (mastopexy)... Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Tummy Tuck Case 195 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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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 Wolfe
Tummy Tuck Case 198 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #198

This 46-year-old woman underwent an abdominoplasty to improve the shape of her abdomen.  She is 5'1" tall.  Photos were taken 4 months after her operation.
Surgeon: Andrew Wolfe
Tummy Tuck Case 551 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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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 Steinwald
Tummy Tuck Case 958 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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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 Steinwald
Tummy Tuck Case 883 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #883

This 31 year old Denver woman was left with bowed abdominal muscles and loose skin post pregnancy. She was an excellent candidate for a tummy tuck. She is shown before and 3 months post-op.
Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Tummy Tuck Case 146 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #146

This is a 37 year old, 5', 4", 112 lb woman who complained of loose skin and stretch marks on her tummy after having had children.  She underwent an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) which tightened her separated muscles and loose skin and also removed her stretch marks.  Post-operative pictures are from 5 months after surgery. ... Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Tummy Tuck Case 800 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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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 Steinwald
Tummy Tuck Case 676 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #676

This patient was bothered by the excess skin and fat on her abdomen. She was an ideal candidate for a tummy tuck. You can get a gauge of how much skin was removed by the change in location of the scar on her abdomen (from a past surgery).
Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Tummy Tuck Case 32 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #32

There’s a reason abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck surgery, is popular in Denver and across the country. For many people, a flabby midsection is a part of their body that diet and exercise just can’t touch. Some patients have stubborn fat remaining after weight loss and saggy skin that didn’t bounce back. Many women find... Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Tummy Tuck Case 194 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #194

This 53-year-old woman underwent an abdominoplasty to correct the laxity on her abdomen.  She is 5'4" and 128 lbs.  Photos were taken 10 months after her surgery.
Surgeon: Andrew Wolfe
Tummy Tuck Case 778 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #778

This is a 53 year-old, 5'3", 150 lb mother of three who had loose skin on her abdomen and significant laxity of the muscles, causing her abdomen to have a rounded, or bowed appearance. She also wished to increase her breast size, as pregnancies and breast feeding gave her breasts a deflated appearance. She was an excellant candidate... Read More
Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Tummy Tuck Case 675 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #675

This 32 year-old mother of two had relatively minimal muscular laxity, but redundant skin (above a C-section) scar that just would not resolve no matter how much exercise she performed.  It was advised that she undergo a Denver abdominoplasty or tummy tuck procedure, which she tolerated well, with excellent early improvements of her lower... Read More
Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Tummy Tuck Case 794 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #794

This is a very pleasant 44 year-old woman who had undergone a "lap band" procedure approximately 6 years ago and had lost 70 lb to get to a stable weight in the low 140's; she had also delivered two children via C-section. She was principally interested in removing the loose skin that had resulted from her weight loss, and underwent... Read More
Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Tummy Tuck Case 923 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Tummy Tuck Case 953 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #953

Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Tummy Tuck Case 328 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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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 Wolfe
Tummy Tuck Case 490 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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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 Wolfe
Tummy Tuck Case 552 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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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 Steinwald
Tummy Tuck Case 799 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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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 Steinwald
Tummy Tuck Case 621 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #621

This fairly petite (5'0", 115 pound) 36 year-old woman had delivered 4 children by C-section, and predictably was left with very lax skin and musculature.  I advised her that even though she was quite thin and had relatively minimal lower abdominal tissue redundancy, her upper abdominal laxity would allow for aggressive re-draping,... Read More
Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Tummy Tuck Case 212 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #212

This is a 46-year-old woman who came in with a lax abdomen after childbearing.  In addition, she had undergone previous abdominal surgery which left her with an unattractive vertical scar.  Dr. Wolfe performed an abdominoplasty, and photos were taken 5 months later.  The small vertical scar above her abdominoplasty scar is what remains... Read More
Surgeon: Andrew Wolfe
Tummy Tuck Case 329 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #329

This is a 37-year-old woman who had a breast augmentation in combination with an abdominoplasty, for a "Mommy Makeover".  She is 5'3", 140 lbs, and had two previous pregnancies.  Her implants are 380 cc moderate-profile saline placed via an inframammary fold incision, and increased her bra size from a C to a D cup. ... Read More
Surgeon: Andrew Wolfe
Tummy Tuck Case 947 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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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 Steinwald
Tummy Tuck Case 851 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #851

45 year-old woman who had delivered 3 children, now weighed approximately 170lb, and had a vertical lower abdominal scar as part of treatment for ovarian cancer (including a hysterectomy) in the recent past.  She claimed she was in a D/DD bra size and wished to undergo breast reduction/lifting as well as a formal abdominoplasty, with liposuction... Read More
Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Tummy Tuck Case 381 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #381

This 40 year old, 5'3, 140 pound mother of three came to Dr. Vath with aspirations of surgically achieving her pre-pregnancy tummy. After her initial consultation, Dr. Vath determined that she was a candidate for a mini-tummy tuck as opposed to a standard tummy tuck. Only a select few patients are truly candidates for this particular procedure... Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Tummy Tuck Case 791 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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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 Steinwald
Tummy Tuck Case 205 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #205

This is a 36-year-old, 5'2" 160 lb woman who sought improvement of her abdominal shape.  She underwent an abdominoplasty, and postoperative photos were taken 6 months later.
Surgeon: Andrew Wolfe
Tummy Tuck Case 795 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #795

This 59 year old woman came to me wanting to discuss liposuction of her abdomen as well as upper eyelid surgery. Because she has lax skin as well as distended abdominal muscles, I advised that lipo would not yield the result that she wanted, but she was a great candidate for a tummy tuck. She underwent both the tummy tuck and eyelid lift (as well... Read More
Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Tummy Tuck Case 942 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #942

Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
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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 Wolfe
Tummy Tuck Case 556 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #556

This was a very pleasant 48 year-old woman who had delivered 2 children approximately 20 years earlier, and was left with multiple stretch marks and lax, redundant tissues that just didn't respond to several honest trials of diet and exercise. She currently weighed approximately 165 pounds (down from a pregnancy maximum of 210), and stood... Read More
Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Tummy Tuck Case 489 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #489

This 30-year-old woman presented with significant abdominal wall laxity after 4 pregnancies.  She underwent an abdominoplasty with a small amount of liposuction.  She is shown before and 8 months after her procedure, with a dramatic improvement in the shape of her abdomen.  She is 5'3" and 130 lbs. Read More
Surgeon: Andrew Wolfe
Tummy Tuck Case 142 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #142

This is a 33 year old, 5', 4", 160 pound Colorado woman who underwent an abdominoplasty.  Post-operative pictures are from 5 months after her abdominoplasty surgery.
Surgeon: Steven Vath
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Case: 68 of 100

Case #9

You can be at a good weight for your height, even an ideal weight, and still not be content with your figure. This 5’9” patient of Dr. Wolfe is one example. At 150 pounds she was in excellent shape, but with a lax abdomen and small, relaxed breasts. She and Dr. Wolfe decided breast augmentation and a tummy tuck would... Read More
Surgeon: Andrew Wolfe
Tummy Tuck Case 192 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case: 69 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 Wolfe
Tummy Tuck Case 950 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case: 70 of 100

Case #950

Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Tummy Tuck Case 959 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case: 71 of 100

Case #959

This is a fit, 35 year old, 5'4", 125 lb mother of 2 who wanted to get her pre-baby belly back. She underwent a tummy tuck, which removed excess skin and fat from her belly button to her pubic bone, and also repaired the underlying bowed abdominal muscles from breast bone to pubis. For additional contouring, she also... Read More
Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Tummy Tuck Case 336 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case: 72 of 100

Case #336

This is a 51 year old, 5'1", 135 pound woman who wanted to get rid of her "pouch" on her lower tummy. She underwent an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) in order to flatten and tighten her abdomen. Post-operative pictures are from 2 months after surgery. Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Tummy Tuck Case 685 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case: 73 of 100

Case #685

40 year-old woman was interested in a tummy tuck after having delivered 4 kids naturally.  She had multiple stretch marks, midline muscle issues and an unnatural appearing belly button, all of which, I assured her, could be very effectively treated with a formal abdominoplasty.She indeed had a tummy tuck at our surgical facility ... Read More
Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Tummy Tuck Case 946 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case: 74 of 100

Case #946

Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Tummy Tuck Case 447 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case: 75 of 100

Case #447

This is a 43-year-old mother of 4 who underwent an abdominoplasty.  She is 5'2" and 109 lbs. and is shown 6 months after her procedure.
Surgeon: Andrew Wolfe
Tummy Tuck Case 317 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case: 76 of 100

Case #317

This 61-year-old woman wished to improve the shape of her breasts and abdomen after two pregnancies.  She underwent a "mommy makeover" consisting of a breast augmentation with vertical mastopexy and an abdominoplasty.  She is shown before and 7 months after these procedures.  The patient had a 300 cc saline implant inserted... Read More
Surgeon: Andrew Wolfe
Tummy Tuck Case 201 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case: 77 of 100

Case #201

This 42-year-old Denver woman underwent an abdominoplasty to correct her abdominal laxity.  She is 5'6" and 168 lbs.  Photos are from 6 months after her surgery.
Surgeon: Andrew Wolfe
Tummy Tuck Case 227 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case: 78 of 100

Case #227

This is a 37-year-old woman who wanted to correct the laxity and stretch marks she had after childbearing.  Dr. Wolfe performed an abdominoplasty, which dramatically improved the shape and tone of her abdomen, giving her an athletic, trim look.  Photos were taken 4 months after her surgery. Read More
Surgeon: Andrew Wolfe
Tummy Tuck Case 73 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case: 79 of 100

Case #73

This is a 28 year old, 5"5", 235 pound female who underwent an abdominoplasty and power-assisted liposuction of her hips and flanks. She also underwent a breast reduction at the same time. Post-operative pictures are from 6 months after surgery. Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Tummy Tuck Case 439 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case: 80 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 Vath
Tummy Tuck Case 906 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case: 81 of 100

Case #906

This 42 year-old woman presented to me feeling somewhat hopeless about her minimally responsive mid-section area (to exercise), having had 4 children and sustaining several changes characteristic of multiple pregnancies (including lax abdominal muscles and redundant tissues). She had undergone no C-sections or other abdominal surgeries, and had lost... Read More
Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Tummy Tuck Case 35 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case: 82 of 100

Case #35

This is a 44 year old, 5’5”, 165 pound female who underwent an abdominoplasty. She also had a breast lift and augmentation. Post-operative pictures are from 1 year after surgery.
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Tummy Tuck Case 220 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case: 83 of 100

Case #220

This is a 38 year old, 5 foot, 130 pound Colorado woman who wanted a tighter, flatter tummy.  She underwent a Denver tummy tuck.  Post-operative pictures are from 5 months after her abdominoplasty surgery.
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Tummy Tuck Case 324 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case: 84 of 100

Case #324

This is a 29 year old, 5'6", 170 pound woman who disliked her sagging, asymmetrical breasts, and loose tummy after having children. Her Colorado plastic surgery included a breast reduction with lift and an abdominoplasty. She had more breast tissue removed on the right than the left to achieve better overall symmetry. Post-operative... Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Tummy Tuck Case 444 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case: 85 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 Wolfe
Tummy Tuck Case 339 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case: 86 of 100

Case #339

This is a 44 year old, 5'3", 140 pound woman who underwent a Denver abdominoplasty in order to achieve a tighter, flatter abdomen. Post-operative pictures are from 2 months after surgery.
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Tummy Tuck Case 554 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case: 87 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 Steinwald
Tummy Tuck Case 864 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case: 88 of 100

Case #864

This 37 year old woman disliked the appearance of her abdomen because of the excess skin and fat there. She underwent a tummy tuck during which the skin and fat were removed and the abdominal muscled tightened. She is thrilled with her new flat tummy. Read More
Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Tummy Tuck Case 204 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case: 89 of 100

Case #204

This is a 47-year-old woman who is 5'5" and weighs 145 lbs.  She underwent an abdominoplasty to correct her lax abdomen.  Photos were taken 9 months after her surgery.
Surgeon: Andrew Wolfe
Tummy Tuck Case 853 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case: 90 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 Steinwald
Tummy Tuck Case 994 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case: 91 of 100

Case #994

This 38 year old, 5'4," 150 pound mother of 2 wanted to get her pre-baby tummy back. She was unhappy with the excess skin and fat on her abdomen, as well as a poorly healed C-section scar. She underwent a tummy tuck which addressed the loose skin as well as tightened her muscles from breast bone to pubis. The skin from her belly button to... Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Tummy Tuck Case 51 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case: 92 of 100

Case #51

This is a 45 year old, 4'10", 110 pound female who underwent an abdominoplasty. Post-operative pictures are from 4 months after surgery.
Surgeon: Andrew Wolfe
Tummy Tuck Case 956 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case: 93 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 Steinwald
Tummy Tuck Case 686 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case: 94 of 100

Case #686

This patient had a significant amount of redundant skin as well as lax muscles as a result of pregnancy. She was a great candidate for a tummy tuck. Excess skin from her belly button to her pubic bone was removed, and her abdominal muscles were tightened from her breast bone to her pubis. Read More
Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Tummy Tuck Case 323 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case: 95 of 100

Case #323

This is a 25 year old, 5'4", 175 pound woman who wanted a flatter tummy and fewer fatty bulges in the hip and "love handle" areas.  She underwent an Denver abdominoplasty in order to flatten and tighten and power-assisted liposuction to reduce the fatty excess on her hips and flanks.  Post-operative pictures were taken... Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Tummy Tuck Case 302 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case: 96 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 Vath
Tummy Tuck Case 343 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case: 97 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 Vath
Tummy Tuck Case 197 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case: 98 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 Wolfe
Tummy Tuck Case 193 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case: 99 of 100

Case #193

This 32-year-old woman underwent an abdominoplasty to improve her lax abdomen.  She is 5'7" and weighs 155 lbs.  Photos were taken 14 months after her surgery.
Surgeon: Andrew Wolfe
Tummy Tuck Case 189 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case: 100 of 100

Case #189

This is a 29 year old, 5'7", 134 pound woman who complained of a loose tummy with excess, stretched out skin, lax abdominal muscles, and stretch marks.  She underwent an abdominoplasty in Denver, Colorado at the Center for Cosmetic Surgery.  Post-operative pictures are from 6 weeks after surgery.  The pink color... Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath

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.

Full vs. 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.

What to Expect

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.

Tummy Tuck Recovery

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.

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 Surgeon

For optimal safety and results, it’s important to choose your 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.

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