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Tummy Tuck

The appearance of the abdomen can change dramatically because of aging, and after weight loss or pregnancy. The combination of extra skin and weakened abdominal muscles can be hard to improve with diet and exercise alone. If diet and exercise are not enough to improve the appearance of your abdomen, you may wish to explore a tummy tuck operation.

What Is a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck is another name for an abdominoplasty, a surgical procedure that removes fat and skin from the abdomen and can tighten the underlying muscles. These are issues that cannot be solved with diet and exercise alone.

Board-certified Denver plastic surgeon, Dr. Mouchantat, performs tummy tuck operations for his patients who wish to:

  • Flatten a protruding abdomen
  • Rid the abdomen of extra skin
  • Tighten the muscles of their abdomen

Tummy Tuck Options

If you only have fat deposits in the area below your navel, you may be able to get a smaller version of the tummy tuck, sometimes called a mini-tummy tuck. If you have more extensive skin and fat on the abdomen, you may need a full tummy tuck. A full tummy tuck may also be performed at the same time as liposuction. Dr. Mouchantat can help you decide which of these procedures is right for you.

The Tummy Tuck Procedure

During a tummy tuck, Dr. Mouchantat will make a large incision across your abdomen, from hipbone to hipbone. He will pull together the abdominal muscles, remove excess skin and fat, then reposition your belly button and close the incisions.

You must understand that tummy tuck operations leave a scar, which can extend from hip to hip. Though this scar should fade over time, this can vary by individual. This scar will be placed where it should not show when you wear a bathing suit.

Tummy Tuck Aftercare

Following a tummy tuck, you will need to wear compression garments during your recovery. Small drains are placed at the site of your surgical incisions. You will care for the incisions and the drains. You need to start moving around and walking shortly after your surgery to assist with proper healing, but be careful not to over-exert yourself. You can shower 48 hours after your tummy tuck surgery.

You will have some surface stitches removed after one week, and the remaining stitches removed after two to three weeks. Your tummy tuck will provide a flatter and slimmer midsection. To protect the results of your tummy tuck, it is important to continue living a healthy lifestyle with regular diet and exercise.

Learn More About Your Tummy Tuck in Denver, CO

Are you interested in a tummy tuck? If you wish to learn more, contact Denver-area plastic surgeon, Dr. Richard Mouchantat. We encourage you to schedule a consultation today.

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Dr. Mouchantat has been performing plastic surgery procedures in the Denver area for over thirteen years. Some of these procedures include abdominoplasty, breast augmentation, breast reconstruction, breast reduction, liposuction, face lifts and eyelid surgery. Dr. Mouchantat is experienced in fat grafting techniques as well. Some procedures can be done comfortably in the office under local anesthesia, while others are done in an accredited outpatient surgical facility or hospital setting.


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