Many people consider a tummy tuck because they have saggy abdominal skin or excess abdominal fat. In some cases, though, they don’t need to undergo a full tummy tuck. Dr. Jennifer Emmett, board-certified by the American Board of Surgery, performs tummy tucks on Denver and Centennial area patients at Emmett Plastic Surgery in Lone Tree. With the tummy tuck, Dr. Emmett helps firm the lower abdomen in her patients to give them a toned appearance.
What is a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck, also called abdominoplasty, is a procedure that tightens the abdominal wall muscles to flatten the tummy. It also involves removing excess skin and fat from the abdomen. If you have loose, sagging skin on your midsection and want to tighten the area you may want to consider a tummy tuck procedure.
Men and women who are in relatively good shape and have certain areas that won’t slim down, even after dieting and exercising, are good candidates for a tummy tuck.
Candidates include patients that have excess fat, loose skin, and lax muscles are candidates. Men and women with poor skin elasticity, especially those who have lost a lot of weight often choose a tummy tuck to tighten the abdominal muscles.
The Tummy Tuck Procedure
To start, we will administer a local anesthesia, which reduces the risks and recovery time. Then, Dr. Emmett will make an incision and around the pubic area and remove the skin that extends outward toward the hip bones. The amount of skin removed depends on the extent to which the abdomen needs to be flattened. Next, Dr. Emmett will lift the skin of the abdominal wall. This allows her to tighten the muscles and bring them closer together. An additional incision is made to create a new belly button. Afterward, Dr. Emmett stretches the abdominal down and removes excess skin.
A complete tummy tuck typically takes about two to three hours, depending on the patient’s cosmetic surgery goals and the individual’s body composition. Dr. Emmett does not use a drain during a tummy tuck as it allows for more patient comfort and speeds up recovery.
Before & After Abdominoplasty
What Is a Mini Tummy Tuck?
A mini tummy tuck, or mini abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic surgery procedure that provides a firmer abdomen, giving a toned appearance. A mini tummy tuck involves removing excess fat and skin from the area below the belly button, and the lower abdominal muscles are tightened.
This procedure is similar to a traditional tummy tuck. However, during a mini tummy tuck, the navel is not repositioned, the incision is not as extensive, and the entire procedure requires less time. Patients who receive a mini tummy tuck have a shorter recovery time as well.
Candidates for a Mini Abdominoplasty
The ideal candidate for a mini tummy tuck is an individual who is in good emotional and physical health. Additionally, candidates have:
- Extra skin under your belly button.
- Skin that has lost elasticity due to pregnancy, weight loss, or genetics.
- Extra fat in your lower abdomen that does not respond to diet and exercise.
The Mini Tummy Tuck Procedure
During a mini tummy tuck, Dr. Emmett removes the excess fat and skin from the area below the belly button. Then, she tightens the lower abdominal muscles and stretches the skin across the lower abdomen. This procedure results in a flat and toned stomach without the need for re-positioning the navel.
A mini tummy tuck is an outpatient surgical procedure that normally does not take longer than two hours. Dr. Emmett does not use drainage tubes during a mini tummy tuck so patients can enjoy a shorter recovery time.
“I am absolutely ecstatic with the results I received after going to Emmett Plastic Surgery. Doctor Emmett and her staff are very professional and personable. I would definitely recommend them!!!” – Tracy M.
The recovery time for a tummy tuck and a mini tummy tuck differ. A mini tummy tuck requires less recovery time than a full tummy tuck because it is a less invasive procedure. For both procedures, Dr. Emmett recommends a compression garment, which helps patients heal quicker. This will need to be worn for two weeks following your surgery.
Patients will likely experience discomfort for a few days after your surgery but are able to resume their normal activities within about a week. Dr. Emmett highly recommends that you don’t participate in any strenuous activity for at least two weeks after your procedure.
Tummy Tuck for Rectus Diastasis
An abdominoplasty has many benefits in terms of appearance, but when you repair the muscles it improves your quality of life. Before pregnancy, the rectus abdominus muscles are next to each other and running up the middle of the abdomen. The muscle covering them connect them to the midline. When a women becomes pregnant, or gains and loses weight, the abdomen must expand. In almost all women, there will be a separation of these muscles, which is known as “rectus diastasis”.
A quick exam with Dr. Emmett whether you are experiencing muscle separation. A tummy tuck is able to repair this separation because it will really flatten the abdomen. Without this surgery, the abdomen will remain separated and appear curved and bulged regardless of exercise or weight loss.
Rectus Diastasis Article
How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost?
The cost of a tummy tuck and mini tummy tuck will vary based on the individual and depend on factors such as a person’s anatomy. Dr. Emmett will discuss pricing with you during your free consultation. Since insurance does not cover a mini tummy tuck, the Emmett Plastic Surgery team can speak to you about financing options such as CareCredit®, Bank SNB, and Prosper® Healthcare Lending. Emmett Plastic Surgery also accepts cash, checks, and major credit cards for payment.
Schedule a Consultation
If you live in Centennial or the greater Denver area and are interested in a mini tummy tuck call (303) 955-7545 and schedule a consultation. The Emmett Plastic Surgery staff wants you to feel comfortable and confident in your body.