If you’re struggling with saggy skin or excess fat in your midsection, you’re not alone. Diet and exercise are often not enough to address these areas of concern, but a tummy tuck can help you achieve a toned, tight, and stronger core. Emmett Plastic Surgery provides tummy tuck surgery in Denver, CO, to help you feel confident in your own skin.
The Benefits of Getting 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 the removal of excess skin and fat from the abdomen. It is a procedure that can restore both form and function, improving your shape and figure while strengthening your core.
Some of the main reasons to consider a tummy tuck include:
- Repair abdominal muscles ruptured by pregnancy or significant weight fluctuations (a condition known as rectus diastasis, impossible to fix with diet and exercise).
- Eliminate sagging skin that lingers following childbirth or significant weight loss.
- Remove unwanted fat from the abdominal area.
- Eliminate back pain that results from weak abdominal muscles.
Am I a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?
Dr. Emmett will review your medical history during your initial consultation to confirm your eligibility for a safe, successful tummy tuck.
A Tummy Tuck is Great If:
- You want to improve abdominal form and function, especially following pregnancy or weight fluctuation.
- You are reasonably active and healthy overall.
- You have a sustainable, reasonably healthy body weight.
- You have realistic expectations.
Taking the First Steps
Your tummy tuck journey begins with a one-on-one consultation, allowing you to discuss your aesthetic goals directly with Dr. Emmett. She will review your medical history, answer any questions you have about the process, and provide you with multiple treatment options to consider.
Meet Our Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon
Dr. Jennifer Emmett is well-known throughout the Denver, CO, area for her clinical skill as well as her approachable, down-to-earth manner. Board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Emmett is well-qualified to provide high standards of care, always promoting patient safety, comfort, and outcomes. Dr. Emmett is particularly well-known for her skill in achieving natural-looking breast augmentation, resulting in an incredibly high level of patient satisfaction.
The Procedure Process Explained
When you arrive for your tummy tuck, you will receive a friendly welcome from our patient care team, then be led back to a private and comfortable treatment area. Before surgery, Dr. Emmett performs an epidural and administers IV sedation to promote a smooth surgery and recovery. She will also give you Lovenox, a blood thinner, to avoid deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Dr. Emmett will start with incisions either between the breasts or through the belly button, then carefully remove all loose skin between the belly button and the pubic area. Liposuction may also be used to eliminate unwanted fat and flab.
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Recovery and Aftercare
While it is normal to experience some minor discomfort and soreness following your tummy tuck, you should be able to resume your normal activities within a week or so. A compression garment is recommended for the first two weeks and can help minimize swelling and reduce fluid buildup. Both prescription and over-the-counter pain relievers are available to maximize your comfort while you rest and heal.
Other Things to Consider Before Getting a Tummy Tuck
If you’re considering a tummy tuck, there are important factors to keep in mind. Here are some frequently asked questions to help you make an informed decision.
Will I Need to Request a Lot of Time Off From Work?
While recovery times can vary, most patients are ready to resume work or school within about a week.
What If I Have Had a C-Section?
Yes, it is possible to have a tummy tuck if you have had a C-section, and many women combine the two procedures to improve the appearance of their abdomen. However, waiting at least six months after delivery is important to ensure your body fully recovers before undergoing a tummy tuck. It’s also essential to consult with Dr. Emmett to discuss potential risks or complications.
What Happens If I Get Pregnant After My Surgery?
While a tummy tuck does not pose any risk to your pregnancy, childbearing and childbirth will often undo the results of your plastic surgery procedure. For this reason, we recommend waiting for your tummy tuck surgery until you are done having children.
Tummy Tuck vs. Mini-Tummy Tuck
If you have rectus diastasis below the belly button and have no loose skin above the belly button, you may qualify for a limited version of the tummy tuck, often called a mini tummy tuck. However, most patients require a full tummy tuck to achieve their desired results.
Can A Tummy Tuck Be Performed in Combination With Other Procedures?
Yes, tummy tucks are frequently performed with liposuction or as part of a mommy makeover, in conjunction with a breast augmentation and/or breast lift.
Are There Any Risks Involved?
Every surgery involves some level of risk, but you can mitigate that risk by working with a skilled, experienced, and credentialled surgeon like Dr. Jennifer Emmett.
How Long Will My Results Last?
Assuming you avoid future pregnancies and maintain a generally healthy lifestyle, the results of your tummy tuck can be long-lasting.
You’re in Good Hands with Emmett Plastic Surgery
A tummy tuck can transform your figure, revive your natural beauty, and revitalize your self-esteem. The first step is scheduling a consultation with Dr. Emmett to learn more about the tummy tuck procedure. To schedule a consultation with Emmett Plastic Surgery in Denver, CO, contact us at (303) 955-7545.