For women and men alike, hanging skin and excess fat in the abdominal region can be a source of frustration despite efforts to lose it. A significant weight loss, childbirth, and aging skin are the typical reasons an individual may not succeed at trying to produce a lean and tight abdomen. Our board-certified cosmetic surgeons, Dr. Krishna S. Dash and Dr. Rupesh Jain, feel that a tummy tuck is a very satisfying cosmetic procedure for patients because of the dramatic improvement in the shape of the upper body and torso. It can have a strong effect on self-perception by helping you look and feel great in clothes you thought you could never wear.
Our Colorado Springs, CO plastic surgeons perform tummy tuck surgery that varies on the condition of the abdomen. A tummy tuck (full, mini, or extended) is a body contouring enhancement that successfully transforms the abdominal region, creating an attractive outcome for patients. This cosmetic treatment at the Institute of Plastic Surgery allows patients the opportunity to have a taut abdomen and renewed confidence.
Types of Tummy Tucks
Full Tummy Tuck
Men and women who have a moderate amount of excess skin on their midsection are suitable candidates for a traditional (full) tummy tuck. During this procedure, the incision extends from hipbone to hipbone. The skin and fat of the abdomen are then elevated off the muscle layer. If needed, the muscle layer is tightened with a row of stitches above and below the belly button. The belly button is left attached to the muscle layer. The excess skin and fat is then pulled and stretched down to the incision and removed. A small opening is then created in order to relocate the belly button.
Mini Tummy Tuck
Known to some as the "Brazilian tummy tuck," a mini tummy tuck involves a smaller incision on the lower part of the abdomen. Some patients, who are in relatively good shape but desire a flatter tummy, may be a great candidate for a mini tummy tuck. These patients have loose abdominal fascia, but the muscles are not stretched to the point where a full tummy tuck is necessary. Liposuction is also used to remove excess fat and the remaining skin is pulled tight. The belly button will not be moved in this procedure.
Extended Tummy Tuck
An extended tummy tuck may be required for patients if really loose skin after a major weight loss is present. Considered body contouring, the extended tummy tuck will require a lengthy incision from the hip to hip and around the navel (which will be repositioned). Liposuction will remove the excess fat. Longer and larger sections of skin will be trimmed away from the body. Overstretched abdominal muscles will also be tightened.
Tummy Tuck Reviews
"Mommy - After years of wanting to repair my tummy from having 5 kids I decided it was the right time. After reading the reviews I thought I would give the Institute of Plastic Surgery a look (it was really close to my job). The free consult pushed me to thinking "what do I have to waste." I set up the consult and I was BLOWN away! Dr Jain made me sooo comfortable! He went through everything that would occur gave me different prices for the various procedures I was interested in. So just a few days ago I went through w/ the tummy tuck, muscle (ab) repair, and a little lipo! It went GREAT!!! The office was always available. Dr Jain always answered all questions I had. I just had my post op today. It went fantastic. He obviously done an awesome job because I feel great! Much more better then I expected I would. Before the procedure, I came across a couple people that had work done there and they had the same thing to say. By far a MUCH better experience than what I was expecting. The Institute of Plastic Surgery is def an awesome place to have work done. Very professional, personable, and caring. Not only that but today they had purple flowers delivered to my house!!! I would have NEVER thought a Dr's office would do such a thing!!!!!!!10 days Post of: I have to be an annoying customer but I am constantly calling with various questions. I get prompt responses and Dr Jain is wanting to see me atleast once a week. AWESOMENESS!!! This is def a much easier process than ever expected!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!"- Anonymous / Vitals / Jan 10, 2014
"Five Stars - I can't say enough nice things about Dr Jain and his staff! I was looking into getting the smart lipo done on my stomach. I have had 4 children and had stretch marks and lots of extra skin. I saw Dr Jain and he was so professional and honest without badmouthing this procedure. I ended up getting a tummy tuck from Dr Jain. It's been a little over a year. I am so happy with my results and the ease of my appointments and how friendly his staff is! I would highly recommend Dr Jain!"- Anonymous / Vitals / Jul 05, 2013
"Great, professional, doctor! - Dr Jain is very talented and has great bedside manners. I had a tummy tuck with him and am very pleased with the results. He is so caring and explains the process thoroughly. I would recommend him 100% ."- Anonymous / Vitals / Mar 06, 2017
"Great experience with Dr. Jain. Had a tummy tuck and he did a great job. He's very personable and has a great office as well. He's always available for questions and explains the process thoroughly. He's very down to earth and I felt comfortable from day one. Would recommend 100%."- D. / Healthgrades / Mar 07, 2017
"LOOOOOOVED my new tummy!!!! The sweetest part -- they had flowers sent to me!!! The experience was much better than what I expected"- S.D. / Facebook / Jan 01, 2014
Tummy tuck surgery can be performed on both women and men. If you cannot lose or reduce loose skin in addition to excess fat in the stomach, this surgical treatment can help create a slimming and more toned look. Prior to surgery, we recommend that you be at a healthy weight. Tummy tuck surgery is not a weight loss procedure — it surgically corrects loose skin. A form of liposuction is often incorporated during the procedure to reduce fat. If your abdomen has good skin tightness, but you still are not satisfied with your appearance even on a healthy diet, you may be more suited for liposuction. Women interested in abdominoplasty should have completed childbearing so that the results are not impacted.
Tummy tuck surgery is performed using general anesthesia. There are several methods to think about when this surgery is performed by one of our surgeons, which is applied toward the individual's needs. To start, the incision shape and size is selected based upon the excess skin that needs to be excised. Some individuals with severe hanging skin might benefit best from an extended tummy tuck. This method makes the incision from hip to hip just on top of the pubic section. Some individuals who have minimal skin laxity but still feel frustrated by their appearance may be better candidates for a smaller incision. These patients still benefit from tummy tuck surgery, but will simply have a less expansive scar. Regardless of how it is performed, all abdominoplasty procedures at our practice involve the excision of loose skin and liposuction.
What to Expect
After your tummy tuck surgery, you will be carefully examined and sent home wearing a compression device to decrease swelling. Walking and standing will be hard to accomplish in the first few hours, so you should take it easy for a couple days. Resuming normal movement becomes less painful once the muscles relax and the incision begins to heal. You should be able to resume normal activities somewhere around two weeks. Workouts can resume around eight weeks or earlier if you are given permission by your surgeon. The midsection will feel sore and tight, but once healed you will feel normal.
Tummy Tuck FAQs
Will I have a large scar?
A tummy tuck incision is generally placed on the abdomen where it can be easily hidden by clothes, undergarments, and/or a bathing suit. You will (unfortunately) have a scar, but the difference with a tummy tuck scar and other surgical scars is that you are having a plastic surgeon carefully perform the procedure. The aesthetics of your skin and shape of your body are both essential to an amazing tummy tuck outcome after surgery. Many patients are worried at first about the scar, but are so pleased with the removal of their excess fat and skin that the scar is worth the sacrifice.
Can I Add in a Tummy Tuck?
Yes. A tummy tuck can be added if you are having another cosmetic procedure (if it is recommended by your plastic surgeon). For example, for women who have plastic surgery post-pregnancy, we call the combination of a tummy tuck, breast augmentation with a lift, and liposuction a mommy makeover. It is common practice to have one or more plastic surgeries at the same time to reduce the number of times a general anesthetic is used and to possibly lower the cost.
What if I gain weight?
Weight gain or pregnancy can both stretch the skin on the abdominal wall. You may consider having a tummy tuck once you are at a weight you can comfortably maintain or wait to have this surgery after you decide you will not have another child. If you have a tummy tuck under these circumstances, then the extra weight could potentially damage the skin again.
It is not a great idea to gain weight or get pregnant after having a tummy tuck. We understand that life still happens just as your skin will continue to age and lose elasticity as you grow older. Gaining a substantial amount of weight or going through another pregnancy will change your results faster. Your plastic surgeon may ask if you plan to have a baby down the road, or if you are comfortable maintaining your current weight. A revision surgery may be necessary in the future if you do gain weight after an abdominoplasty.
Can I just have Lipo?
Removing fat from the abdomen with liposuction will not help the aesthetics of your abs if you have loose skin. Liposuction would be appropriate if you have great skin elasticity and tone. When the skin is already mildly loose, taking fat from the area will not smooth or tighten it, and it may look worse. Your plastic surgeon will explain this to you in further detail after assessing your abdomen and skin.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $7,000 - $9,500
- Recovery Time
- 6 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2 - 3 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 3 - 5 Days
Attain a Tighter Tummy
A variety of things can result in a sagging tummy, leaving behind loose skin. We understand it can be almost impossible to correct — surgery is usually the only way to overcome this. If you are tired of having the loose skin in your abdominal region, regardless of the severity, skin tightening surgery may help you get the body you want. We invite you to call the Institute of Plastic Surgery for more information.