The desire for a toned and flat abdomen is a common aspiration for many individuals, and a tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a transformative procedure that can help achieve that goal. Flourish Surgical Arts, situated in the vibrant city of Denver, CO, specializes in providing comprehensive and personalized aesthetic solutions, including tummy tucks.
In this blog, we’ll explore what a tummy tuck entails, how long the results typically last, and considerations regarding weight loss before undergoing the procedure.
What is included in a tummy tuck?
A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure designed to address excess skin and fat in the abdominal area while tightening the underlying muscles. At Flourish Surgical Arts, the tummy tuck process is tailored to meet the unique needs and goals of each patient.
Here’s a breakdown of what is typically included in a tummy tuck procedure:
Consultation and Planning
Every tummy tuck journey at Flourish Surgical Arts begins with a comprehensive consultation. During this appointment, patients have the opportunity to discuss their aesthetic goals, medical history, and any concerns they may have. The surgeon assesses the patient’s abdominal anatomy to determine the most appropriate approach for achieving optimal results.
The procedure is performed under general anesthesia to ensure the patient’s comfort and safety. Dr. Nesiba performs all surgeries at an Accreditation Association of Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) accredited facility in Highlands Ranch. He works exclusively with a dedicated team of CRNA’s who specialize in cosmetic surgical procedures and utilize modern anesthesia techniques.
The surgeon carefully places the incision, in the pubic area and lower abdomen, where it can be discreetly concealed by swimwear or undergarments. The length of the incision varies based on the extent of correction needed.
Removal of Excess Skin and Fat
Through the incisions, the surgeon removes excess skin and fat from the abdominal area. This step is particularly beneficial for individuals who have experienced significant weight loss or pregnancy, resulting in stretched skin and weakened abdominal muscles.
The key component of a tummy tuck is the repair of abdominal muscle separation or diastasis. Pregnancy and weight fluctuations can lead to muscle separation, and a tummy tuck addresses this issue by suturing the muscles back into place, creating a firmer and more contoured abdominal wall. No other procedure has the power to “snatch” the waist like a tummy tuck!
Once excess skin and fat are removed, the remaining skin is redraped to create a smoother and more toned appearance. Care is taken to ensure that the navel maintains a natural and proportionate position.
For most patients, Dr. Nesiba utilizes VASER® Assisted Liposuction to further contour the upper abdomen, pubic area, waist and flanks. But liposuction can be added to other areas such as the thighs, lower back, bra rolls, and tail bone. These changes compliment the tummy tuck procedure and lead to increased patient satisfaction with their final results.
Closure of Incisions
The incisions are meticulously closed with sutures, and in most cases, drains may be placed to facilitate the removal of excess fluid during the initial stages of healing.
Recovery and Postoperative Care
After the tummy tuck procedure, patients are given detailed postoperative care instructions. This includes information on managing discomfort, caring for the incisions, and when to schedule follow-up appointments.
How long do tummy tuck results last?
The results of a tummy tuck are generally long-lasting, providing patients maintain a healthy lifestyle. Factors influencing the longevity of tummy tuck results include:
Maintaining a stable weight is crucial for preserving the outcomes of a tummy tuck. Significant weight fluctuations can affect the tightened abdominal muscles and the appearance of the skin.
Adopting a healthy lifestyle that includes regular exercise and a balanced diet contributes to the longevity of tummy tuck results. Exercise helps maintain muscle tone, while a nutritious diet supports overall well-being.
While a tummy tuck can reverse certain effects of aging, the natural aging process continues. However, the improvements achieved through the procedure remain visible over time.
For women considering a tummy tuck, it’s advisable to complete family planning before undergoing the procedure. While a tummy tuck can address post-pregnancy changes, future pregnancies can impact the results.
How much weight do you have to lose to get a tummy tuck?
The decision to undergo a tummy tuck is not solely based on the amount of weight an individual needs to lose. Instead, it focuses on addressing excess skin and weakened abdominal muscles that may persist even after significant weight loss or pregnancy. Ideal candidates for a tummy tuck typically:
- Are at a stable weight, with a BMI < 30
- Have excess skin
- Have weak abdominal muscles
- Are in good health
Contact Flourish Surgical Arts in Denver, CO
At Flourish Surgical Arts, our experienced and board-certified cosmetic surgeon carefully plans each patient’s surgery to meet their specific needs. We can help you reach your aesthetic goals. Schedule a consultation today and discover the transformative possibilities of a tummy tuck!