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Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

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

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Mommy Makeover Case 11307 Before & After Front | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before & After
Case: 1 of 100

Case #11307

This is a 36 year old, 6'2", 252 lb. woman who complained of tummy rolls and unattractive, deflated breasts. She underwent an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and a breast augmentation with circumareolar mastopexy which is an areolar lift. The tummy tuck created a much better abdominal contour and attractive, natural belly button. She had breast implants... Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Tummy Tuck Case 487 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 2 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
Mommy Makeover Case 276 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case: 3 of 100

Case #276

This is a 41 year old, 5'5", 132 pound woman who underwent a "mommy makeover" including a breast enhancement and a tummy tuck. In order to fill out her breasts and achieve more upper pole fullness, she underwent a breast augmentation using 339 cc smooth, round silicone gel implants placed through an inframammary (breast crease)... Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Tummy Tuck Case 195 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
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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
Mommy Makeover Case 152 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 5 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 305 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 6 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
Breast Augmentation Case 115 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 7 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
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
Mommy Makeover Case 425 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 9 of 100

Case #425

This is a 32-year-old mother of 2 who underwent a Mommy Makeover consisting of a breast augmentation with vertical mastopexy and an abdominoplasty. Her implants are 300cc low profile silicone, and increased her bra size from a 34B to a full C. The patient is 5'3" and 140 lbs. Photos were taken one year postoperatively. Read More
Surgeon: Andrew Wolfe
Tummy Tuck Case 945 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After (3 months)
Case: 10 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 490 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
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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
Mommy Makeover Case 413 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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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
Breast Augmentation Case 325 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 13 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
Tummy Tuck Case 946 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After (6 months)
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Case #946

Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Mommy Makeover Case 393 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
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Case #393

This is a 39 year old, 5'0", 118 pound woman who decided to have cosmetic surgery to get rid of her loose tummy and deflated breasts. She underwent an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) to flatten and tighten her abdomen. She also underwent a breast augmentation with smooth, round, 304 cc silicone gel implants placed through an inframammary fold... Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Mommy Makeover Case 240 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case: 16 of 100

Case #240

This is a 30 year old, 5'8", 137 pound woman who complained of loose abdominal skin and muscles as well as "deflated" breasts after having children.  She underwent a "mommy makeover" including an abdominoplasty to tighten her tummy and a breast augmentation to fill out her breasts.  Notice that she had... Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Tummy Tuck Case 791 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After (6 months)
Case: 17 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
Tummy Tuck Case 298 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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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 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
Mommy Makeover Case 373 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 20 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 192 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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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
Mommy Makeover Case 374 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
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Case #374

This 51 year old woman had complaints about the relaxed appearance of her tummy and breasts with the desire to return to her pre-pregnancy shape.  She underwent a "mommy make over" which included an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), power assisted liposuction to her hips, and a breast augmentation mammoplasty.  Size 550 high profile,... Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Tummy Tuck Case 639 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
BEFORE / AFTER (3 months)
Case: 23 of 100

Case #639

This 40 year-old woman standing 5'6" and weighing approximately 175 pounds presented after having had 3 children (2 by C-section), and was left with predictable changes to her abdominal area, which were resistant to both exercise and diet/weight loss. I advised her that she was a perfect candidate for a formal abdominoplasty, which would... Read More
Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Tummy Tuck Case 947 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After (3 months)
Case: 24 of 100

Case #947

This is a 37 year old, 5'2," 114 lb,  mother of 3 who, although very fit, complained that her abdomen still looked "full." She underwent a tummy tuck during which the bowed abdominal muscles were tightened, and excess skin was removed. She also had an umbilical hernia which was easily repaired at the same... Read More
Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Tummy Tuck Case 948 Before & After View #3 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After (3 months)
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Case #948

Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Mommy Makeover Case 299 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 26 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
Mommy Makeover Case 415 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 27 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
Mommy Makeover Case 249 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 28 of 100

Case #249

This is a 37 year old, 5'6", 165 pound woman who wanted her breasts filled out and lifted and her tummy tightened.  She underwent a "mommy makeover" by having a Denver tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) and breast augmentation with lift (mastopexy) at the same time.  She had smooth, round, silicone implants placed into a subpectoral... Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Mommy Makeover Case 366 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case: 29 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 197 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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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
Mommy Makeover Case 234 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #234

This 23-year-old mother of two came to see Dr. Wolfe for a "mommy-makeover".  She felt that her breasts were "deflated" after breastfeeding, and she had significant laxity of her abdomen.  She underwent a breast augmentation and an abdominoplasty.  Post-operative pictures were taken 4 months after her surgery, and... Read More
Surgeon: Andrew 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
Mommy Makeover Case 777 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After (3 months)
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Case #777

45 year-old woman who had breast fed 3 kids for 6-12 months each, now in a DD cup range (weight approximately 180 lb down from a maximum of 210lb), with an extensive "diastasis recti" stretching of the abdominal musculature, and signficant overlying stretch marks.She was treated in our outpatient surgical facility near Denver... Read More
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
Liposuction Case 817 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #817

This is a 37 year old woman who complained about having a loose and prominent tummy and also saggy breasts that were not as full as she likes. She also complained about some extra fat on her hips. She underwent a breast augmentation with 340 cc low profile round silicone gel implants and a mastopexy (breast lift) to improve her breast shape. She... Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
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 955 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After (9 months)
Case: 37 of 100

Case #955

This is a 33 year old, 5’5’” 160 pound mother of two who wanted to get rid of the loose skin on her abdomen. She underwent a tummy tuck which removed the excess skin and fat from her belly button to pubic bone, as well as repaired the bowed muscles of her abdomen. She also had liposuction of the hips and flanks for additional... Read More
Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Tummy Tuck Case 958 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After (3 months)
Case: 38 of 100

Case #958

This is a 46 year old, 5'8", 165 lb mother of 3 who wanted to get rid her lower abdominal "pooch." She was a great candidate for a tummy tuck, which removed excess skin and fat from her belly button to her pubic bone, and also repaired the underlying bowed muscles from breast bone to pubis. For additional contouring,... Read More
Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Tummy Tuck Case 491 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case: 39 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
Mommy Makeover Case 720 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
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Case #720

\tThis is a 33 year old, 5'4", 130 pound woman who underwent a Denver mommy makeover. This included a breast augmentation to fill out her breasts and an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) to flatten and tighten her tummy. She chose 371cc, smooth, round silicone gel implants placed through an inframammary fold incision into a subpectoral position.... 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: 41 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
Mommy Makeover Case 11314 Before & After Front | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case: 42 of 100

Case #11314

This is a 44 year old mother, who wanted to get rid of her extra tummy skin and saggy, deflated breasts. She underwent a mommy makeover by Dr. Steven Vath in order to flatten and tighten her abdomen and lift her breasts into a more attractive, youthful shape. She did not have breast implants placed. Rather, her natural breast tissue was used to achieve... Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Mommy Makeover Case 228 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case: 43 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 426 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 44 of 100

Case #426

This is a 57-year-old man who lost 80 pounds after a gastric banding procedure. He underwent an abdominoplasty to correct the lax skin and muscle that resulted from his massive weight loss. He is 5'9" and 170 lbs. Photos were taken 8 months after his procedure. Read More
Surgeon: Andrew Wolfe
Mommy Makeover Case 683 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
BEFORE / AFTER (3 mo)
Case: 45 of 100

Case #683

This patient is a 41 year-old local health care professional who had delivered 2 children approximately 20 years earlier, one via C-section.  She also breastfed for 2 years, going from a B cup to a D cup, and then "deflating" a fair amount.  As is common with other women in and near Denver, a "Mommy Makeover" is... Read More
Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Mommy Makeover Case 409 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case: 46 of 100

Case #409

This is a 40 year old, 5'6", 145 pound woman who didn't like her tummy or breasts after children. She underwent a breast lift (mastopexy) to create a perkier, more attractive breast shape and a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) to achieve a tighter, flatter tummy. She also had some liposuction of her hips to help balance her over shape improvement.... 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: 47 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
Mommy Makeover Case 270 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
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Case #270

This is a 36-year-old woman who wished to improve the shape and size of her breasts and regain the athletic shape that she had prior to having children.  She was a B cup, and underwent submuscular breast augmentation with saline implants placed via an inframammary approach.  Her right implant is filled to 365 cc, her left to 380 cc, and... Read More
Surgeon: Andrew 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 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
Mommy Makeover Case 418 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 51 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
Mommy Makeover Case 382 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 52 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 392 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 53 of 100

Case #392

This is a 30 year old, 5'4", 148 pound woman who underwent a Colorado "mommy makeover" which included an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and mastopexy (breast lift) without implants. She wanted to achieve a flatter, tighter tummy and a lifted, rounder, perkier breast contour. The post-operative pictures are from 4 months after... Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Tummy Tuck Case 343 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 54 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 377 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 55 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
Tummy Tuck Case 550 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
BEFORE / AFTER
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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
Mommy Makeover Case 716 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 57 of 100

Case #716

\tThis is a 45 year old, 5'2", 115 pound woman who underwent a denver "mommy makeover" to include an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and a breast augmentation with mastopexy (lift). She chose 240cc, low-profile, smooth, round silicone gel implants placed under the muscles. The breast lift was used to improve the perkiness and contour... Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Mommy Makeover Case 417 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 58 of 100

Case #417

This 37-year-old mother of two underwent a Mommy Makeover consisting of an abdominoplasty and a breast augmentation with a vertical mastopexy. Her implants are 300cc low profile saline filled to 330cc. She is a 36DD, and is 5'4" and 165 lb. After photos were taken 8 months postoperatively. Read More
Surgeon: Andrew Wolfe
Tummy Tuck Case 189 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 59 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
Mommy Makeover Case 475 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 60 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
Tummy Tuck Case 800 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After (1 year)
Case: 61 of 100

Case #800

This 51 year old mother of 1 had lost nearly 80 pounds, but was discouraged because her abdomen was not reflecting her efforts. She underwent an extended tummy tuck (where the incision continues slightly past the hip bones to manage the redundant skin on her flanks) and adjunctive liposuction of the flanks as well. She is thrilled with her new, flat... Read More
Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Tummy Tuck Case 435 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 62 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
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
Mommy Makeover Case 470 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 64 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 401 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 65 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
Mommy Makeover Case 367 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 66 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 853 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After (6 weeks)
Case: 67 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 328 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 68 of 100

Case #328

This is a 27-year-old mother of 2 who underwent a Mommy Makeover consisting of a breast augmentation with vertical lift and an abdominoplasty.  She is 5'4' and 127 lbs.  Her implants are moderate profile silicone in a subpectoral plane, with volumes of 286 cc on the right and 304 cc on the left.  Photos were taken... Read More
Surgeon: Andrew Wolfe
Mommy Makeover Case 428 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 69 of 100

Case #428

This 52-year-old woman presented for improvement in the shape of her abdomen and breasts after having 2 pregnancies and losing 65 pounds. She underwent a Mommy Makeover consisting of a breast augmentation with vertical mastopexy and an abdominoplasty with liposuction of her inner thighs. Her implants are low profile 300cc silicone and are in a subpectoral... Read More
Surgeon: Andrew Wolfe
Tummy Tuck Case 229 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 70 of 100

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 798 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After (6 months)
Case: 71 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 792 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After (6 months)
Case: 72 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
Mommy Makeover Case 347 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 73 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 145 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 74 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 864 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After (3 months)
Case: 75 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 432 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 76 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
Mommy Makeover Case 348 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 77 of 100

Case #348

This is a 26 year old, 5'6", 170 pound woman who, after having children, wanted to tighten her tummy and have lifted, fuller breasts. She underwent a "mommy makeover" procedure including an abdominoplasty and a breast augmentation with mastopexy (breast lift). She chose 300 cc, smooth, round, silicone gel implants placed beneath... Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Tummy Tuck Case 220 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 78 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 162 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 79 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
Tummy Tuck Case 35 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 80 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
Denver Abdominoplasty Tummy Tuck
Before/After (6 months)
Case: 81 of 100

Case #11279

This patient lost a significant amount of weight after having a gastric bypass. She was left with quite a bit of loose skin and also lax abdominal muscles. To remedy this, she underwent an extended tummy tuck in which the incision was carried past the hip bones to ensure that all redundant skin was removed. The abdominal muscles were tightened from... Read More
Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Breast Augmentation Case 717 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 82 of 100

Case #717

\tThis is a 39 year old, 5'3", 115 pound woman who underwent a Colorado "Mommy Makeover". This included an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and a breast augmentation. She chose two slightly different sized implants to accomodate for her mild breast volume asymmetry. On the left, she chose a 304cc, smooth, round, silicone gel implant... Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Tummy Tuck Case 778 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After (6 months)
Case: 83 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 324 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
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 193 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 85 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 675 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
BEFORE / AFTER (3 mo)
Case: 86 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
Tummy Tuck Case 216 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 87 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
Mommy Makeover Case 200 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 88 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 232 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 89 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
Breast Lift Case 141 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 90 of 100

Case #141

This is a 44 year old, 5' 9", 148 pound Colorado woman who lost 70 pounds prior to surgery.  She decided that she wanted a breast lift (mastopexy) without breast implants, understanding that this would create the sense of having slightly smaller breasts after the skin was tightened.  She also underwent an abdominoplasty... Read More
Surgeon: Steven Vath
Tummy Tuck Case 160 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 91 of 100

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 73 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 92 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 321 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 93 of 100

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 556 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
BEFORE / AFTER
Case: 94 of 100

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 205 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 95 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 329 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 96 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 198 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 97 of 100

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
Denver Abdominoplasty Tummy Tuck
Before/After (6 months)
Case: 98 of 100

Case #11270

Surgeon: Paul Steinwald
Mommy Makeover Case 272 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 99 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
Tummy Tuck Case 199 Before & After View #1 | Golden, CO | The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
Before / After
Case: 100 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

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

Am I a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?

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

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

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

What Is a Mini Tummy Tuck?

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

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

How Is a Tummy Tuck Performed?

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

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

What Is Tummy Tuck Recovery Like?

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

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

When Can I Exercise After a Tummy Tuck?

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

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Keys to Attractive Results

Placing the incision low for an inconspicuous scar.

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

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

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

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

Paying special attention to the navel.

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

How to Choose a Tummy Tuck Surgeon

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

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

Meet Our Surgeons

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

Important Truths About Your Tummy Tuck

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Identifying Good Tummy Tuck Results

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

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

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

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

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FAQ

Can I combine a tummy tuck with other procedures?

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

Is a tummy tuck or liposuction better for me?

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

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

What should I expect in terms of scarring?

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

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

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