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Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

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  • Back to Work: 1-2 Weeks

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

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Tummy Tuck Case 435 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 1 of 100

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 305 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 2 of 100

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 954 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After (7 months)
Case: 3 of 100

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 191 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 4 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 Wolfe
Breast Augmentation Case 325 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 5 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 Wolfe
Mommy Makeover Case 299 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 6 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 Wolfe
Tummy Tuck Case 778 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After (6 months)
Case: 7 of 100

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 557 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
BEFORE / AFTER
Case: 8 of 100

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
Mommy Makeover Case 879 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 9 of 100

Case #879

This is a 42 year old, 5'4, 154 pound woman who was bothered by her drooping breasts and loose skin on her abdomen after five pregnancies. She underwent a Mommy Makeover consisting of a mastopexy (or breast lift) to restore her breasts to a perky position on her chest, and a tummy tuck which repaired her bowed abdominal muscles and removed excess... Read More
Surgeon: Andrew Wolfe
Tummy Tuck Case 146 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 10 of 100

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 145 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 11 of 100

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 798 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After (6 months)
Case: 12 of 100

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 189 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 13 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
Tummy Tuck Case 192 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 14 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 675 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
BEFORE / AFTER (3 mo)
Case: 15 of 100

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
Mommy Makeover Case 429 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 16 of 100

Case #429

This 35-year-old woman underwent a Mommy Makeover with a breast augmentation and an abdominoplasty. Her implants are 339cc moderate profile silicone and were placed into a subpectoral plane via an inframammary incision. She went from a 34B to a full C. Photos were taken 5 months after her surgery. Read More
Surgeon: Andrew Wolfe
Tummy Tuck Case 9 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 17 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 685 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
BEFORE / AFTER (6 mo)
Case: 18 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
Mommy Makeover Case 335 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 19 of 100

Case #335

This is a 32 year old, 5'4", 170 pound woman who had several concerns that she wanted addressed with plastic surgery by Dr. Vath at the Center for Cosmetic Surgery. She did not like the asymmetry and sagging of her breasts. She also complained of loose tummy rolls and excess fatty bulges on her hips, flanks, and back. She underwent a breast... Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Tummy Tuck Case 877 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 20 of 100

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 343 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 21 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
Mommy Makeover Case 413 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 22 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 Vath
Mommy Makeover Case 377 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 23 of 100

Case #377

This 28 year old, 5'4, 190 lb. woman came to the Center for Cosmetic Surgery hoping to achieve smaller, less saggy breasts and a flatter tummy. Dr. Vath did a mommy make over for her which consisted of a breast reduction, Colorado tummy tuck, and power-assisted liposuction to her hips.  You can get an idea of how much skin was removed from... Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Mommy Makeover Case 341 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 24 of 100

Case #341

This is a 47 year old, 5'4", 195 pound woman who underwent a combination of plastic surgery procedures often referred to as the "mommy makeover". She had an abdominoplasty in order to tighten and flatten her abdomen, and a breast augmentation with lift (mastopexy) in order to fill out and create an attractive contour to her... Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Tummy Tuck Case 851 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After (9 months)
Case: 25 of 100

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 142 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 26 of 100

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
Tummy Tuck Case 339 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 27 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 302 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 28 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 883 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After (4 months)
Case: 29 of 100

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
Mommy Makeover Case 93 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 30 of 100

Case #93

This is a 34 year old, 5'6", 179 pound female who underwent an abdominoplasty. She also had a breast lift and augmentation with 400 cc silicone gel implants placed under the pectoralis muscle. Post-operative pictures are from 1 month after surgery. The scars will fade significantly over the following year. Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Tummy Tuck Case 201 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 31 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
Mommy Makeover Case 418 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 32 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 Wolfe
Tummy Tuck Case 956 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After (6 months)
Case: 33 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 489 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 34 of 100

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
Mommy Makeover Case 367 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 35 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... Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Tummy Tuck Case 205 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 36 of 100

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 780 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After (6 months)
Case: 37 of 100

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
Mommy Makeover Case 228 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 38 of 100

Case #228

This is a 38 year old, 5'6", 143 pound Colorado woman who underwent a breast lift (mastopexy) with a breast augmentation in order to fill out and contour her breasts.  She also complained of a loose tummy and underwent an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) to tighten her abdomen.  Finally, she had some liposuction performed on the... Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Tummy Tuck Case 792 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After (6 months)
Case: 39 of 100

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 951 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After (9 months)
Case: 40 of 100

Case #951

Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Tummy Tuck Case 923 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After (6 months)
Case: 41 of 100

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Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Tummy Tuck Case 329 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 42 of 100

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 959 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After (9 months)
Case: 43 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 197 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 44 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 950 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After (6 months)
Case: 45 of 100

Case #950

Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Mommy Makeover Case 347 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 46 of 100

Case #347

This is a 32 year old, 5'4", 148 pound woman who underwent an abdominoplasty and mastopexy (breast lift). This combination of procedures is commonly referred to as the "mommy makeover" because the breasts and tummy are often left saggy after having children. These procedures are safely performed during one anesthesia so that there... Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Tummy Tuck Case 220 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 47 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 227 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 48 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 35 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 49 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
Mommy Makeover Case 401 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 50 of 100

Case #401

This is a 33 year old, 5'5", 153 pound woman who previously underwent breast implant surgery. She did not undergo a lift (mastopexy) and, as can be seen in these pictures, her breast implants did not achieve an attractive shape to her breasts. Breast implants do not lift breast. Therefore, in order to achieve an beautiful breast shape,... Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Breast Augmentation Case 115 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 51 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... Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Mommy Makeover Case 11208 Before & After Front | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before & After
Case: 52 of 100

Case #11208

This is a 38 year old, 5'4," 135 pound mother of 2 who wanted to get her "pre-baby body" back. Specifically, she wanted to increase her breast size from a small B to a full C. Additionally, she did not like the loose skin and bowed muscles of her abdomen. She underwent a Mommy Makeover consisting of a tummy tuck, and a breast augmentation with  500cc,... Read More
Surgeon: Andrew Wolfe
Tummy Tuck Case 945 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After (3 months)
Case: 53 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 Steinwald
Tummy Tuck Case 207 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 54 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 Wolfe
Mommy Makeover Case 350 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 55 of 100

Case #350

This is a 34 year old, 5'2", 100 pound woman who wanted a "mommy makeover". She desired more filled out breasts to manage the deflation that occurred after pregnancy as well as a tighter tummy. She underwent a breast augmentation with 339 cc smooth, round, silicone gel implants placed beneath the pectoralis muscle. She underwent... Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Tummy Tuck Case 36 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 56 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 Wolfe
Mommy Makeover Case 475 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 57 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 Wolfe
Mommy Makeover Case 373 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 58 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 Wolfe
Tummy Tuck Case 906 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After (6 months)
Case: 59 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
Mommy Makeover Case 415 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 60 of 100

Case #415

This is a 27 year old, 5'9", 145 pound woman who, after having children, wanted a mommy makeover. She wanted a flatter, more attractive tummy and filled out, perkier breasts. She underwent an abdominoplasty as well as a breast lift (mastopexy) with breast implants. Post-operative pictures are from 6 weeks after surgery. Her scars... Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Tummy Tuck Case 791 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After (6 months)
Case: 61 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 Steinwald
Mommy Makeover Case 382 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 62 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 Vath
Mommy Makeover Case 239 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 63 of 100

Case #239

This is a 36 year old, 5'3", 119 pound woman who complained that, after having children, her tummy was loose and her breasts were saggy.  She underwent the "mommy makeover" in order to lift the breasts (mastopexy) and tighten her tummy (abdominoplasty).  Post-operative pictures are 2 years after her combined surgery.  Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Tummy Tuck Case 271 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 64 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 Wolfe
Tummy Tuck Case 946 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After (6 months)
Case: 65 of 100

Case #946

Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Tummy Tuck Case 162 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 66 of 100

Case #162

This is a 32 year old, 5'6", 145 pound woman who complained of a lax tummy after having children.  She had significant separation and relaxation of her abdominal musculature as well as excessive, loose, stretch-marked tummy skin.  She underwent an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) to manage these problems which can not be helped with... Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Mommy Makeover Case 432 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 67 of 100

Case #432

This is a 50-year-old woman who wanted to tighten her abdomen and improve her breast shape after having children. She is 5'3" and 120 lbs, and wanted a natural breast size that would enhance but not overpower her petite physique. She chose a 270cc low profile silicone implant for her augmentation, and underwent an abdominoplasty at the same... Read More
Surgeon: Andrew Wolfe
Tummy Tuck Case 794 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After (6 months)
Case: 68 of 100

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 444 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 69 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
Mommy Makeover Case 200 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 70 of 100

Case #200

This is a 35-year-old woman who wanted to tighten her lax abdomen and improve the shape and symmetry of her breasts.  She underwent and abdominoplasty and breast augmentation with a left vertical breast lift.  Photos show her postoperative results and were taken 6 months postoperatively.  The patient is 5'1" and 135 lbs. ... Read More
Surgeon: Andrew Wolfe
Tummy Tuck Case 864 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After (3 months)
Case: 71 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
Mommy Makeover Case 378 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 72 of 100

Case #378

This is a 35 year old, 5'3", 170 lb. woman who complained of a rounded, protruding abdomen and small breasts. Dr. Vath performed a "mommy make over" for her which involved a breast augmentation using 371 cc smooth, silicone implants and a Colorado tummy tuck, in addition to power-assisted liposuction to her flanks. The change in... Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Tummy Tuck Case 552 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
BEFORE / AFTER
Case: 73 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 Steinwald
Tummy Tuck Case 942 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After (6 months)
Case: 74 of 100

Case #942

Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Mommy Makeover Case 260 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 75 of 100

Case #260

This is a 20 year old who complained of a sagging tummy and breasts. She underwent an abdominoplasty in order to flatten and tighten her tummy and a mastopexy in order to lift and create perkier breasts.
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Mommy Makeover Case 112 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 76 of 100

Case #112

This 38 year old woman lost 80 pound through diet and exercise and then underwent a lower body lift with abdominoplasty and a mastopexy (breast lift).  She is 5'6" tall and weighed 170 pounds at the time of surgery. Her post-operative pictures are from 4 months after surgery. The lower body lift tightens and lifts the buttocks,... Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Tummy Tuck Case 195 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 77 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 Wolfe
Tummy Tuck Case 199 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 78 of 100

Case #199

This is a 44-year-old woman, 5'1" and 165 lbs., who wanted a more athletic-looking abdomen.  She underwent an abdominoplasty and liposuction to her flanks.  Photos were taken 5 months post-operatively.
Surgeon: Andrew Wolfe
Tummy Tuck Case 73 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
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
Mommy Makeover Case 272 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 80 of 100

Case #272

This is a 35 year old, 5'5", 115 pound woman who underwent a breast augmentation with lift (mastopexy) in order to fill out and lift her breast giving her more upper breast fullness and reduce sagging.  She chose 210 cc smooth, round, silicone implants placed beneath the muscle (subpectoral).  She also underwent an abdominoplasty... Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Mommy Makeover Case 470 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 81 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 Vath
Mommy Makeover Case 346 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 82 of 100

Case #346

This is a 27 year old, 5'1", 150 pound woman who underwent the Denver "mommy makeover". She had an abdominoplasty to tighten and flatten her tummy and a breast augmentation with mastopexy (breast lift) to fill out and give her breasts better shape. She chose 400 cc, smooth, round saline implants placed under the muscle (subpectoral).... Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Tummy Tuck Case 554 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
BEFORE / AFTER
Case: 83 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 232 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 84 of 100

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 487 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 85 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 Wolfe
Tummy Tuck Case 323 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 86 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 676 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
BEFORE / AFTER(6 mo)
Case: 87 of 100

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
Mommy Makeover Case 366 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 88 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 Vath
Tummy Tuck Case 193 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 89 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
Mommy Makeover Case 152 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 90 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 Wolfe
Tummy Tuck Case 32 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 91 of 100

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
Mommy Makeover Case 349 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 92 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 Vath
Tummy Tuck Case 216 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 93 of 100

Case #216

This is a 37 year old, 5'5", 122 pound woman who underwent an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) to achieve a tight, flat abdomen.  Post-operative pictures were taken 10 months after her Denver tummy tuck procedure.
Surgeon: Andrew Wolfe
Tummy Tuck Case 317 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 94 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 40 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 95 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 Wolfe
Tummy Tuck Case 491 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 96 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 Wolfe
Tummy Tuck Case 203 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 97 of 100

Case #203

This is a 42-year-old woman who underwent an abdominoplasty to correct loose skin and muscle after several pregnancies.  She is 5'4" and 130 lbs.  Photos were taken 8 months after her surgery.
Surgeon: Andrew Wolfe
Mommy Makeover Case 261 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 98 of 100

Case #261

This is a 36 year old, 5'5", 130 pound mom, who underwent a "mommy makeover".  She had a breast augmentation with mastopexy (breast lift) and an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck). She had 400 cc implants placed into a subpectoral position (beneath the muscle). Post-operative pictures are from 6 months after surgery. Scars... Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Tummy Tuck Case 795 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After (3 months)
Case: 99 of 100

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 212 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 100 of 100

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

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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