Tummy Tuck Questions

Plastic Surgeons serving Denver, Littleton, and Surrounding Areas in Colorado


What is a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck is a body contouring procedure performed to tighten abdominal muscles and remove excess fat and skin in order to help you achieve a flat, toned stomach.

Am I a candidate for a tummy tuck?

Ideal tummy tuck candidates have loose abdominal skin and weakened abdominal muscles. Dr. Grossman, Dr. Capraro, and Dr. Baker often recommend a tummy tuck as part of a mommy makeover for women who are looking to restore their abdominal region to its pre-pregnancy state. It is also an excellent option for men and women who have recently achieved massive weight loss.

It is best to be close to your ideal weight before undergoing a tummy tuck. If you plan on becoming pregnant in the future, you should wait until you are done having children to undergo a tummy tuck since future pregnancies can negatively impact your results.

Can’t I just use liposuction to get rid of my belly fat?

In some instances, liposuction is the most effective procedure to achieve a toned stomach. If your main issue in the abdominal region is excess fat and you have good skin elasticity, then liposuction may be the ideal option for you.

However, if you also have excess skin or loose abdominal muscles, then liposuction may not help you achieve your desired results. During your initial consultation, our plastic surgeons will help you determine which procedure will most effectively deliver the outcome you desire.

What are the different types of tummy tuck procedures you offer?

Our Denver plastic surgeons offer a variety of tummy tuck procedures to address your aesthetic goals. Dr. Baker, Dr. Grossman, and Dr. Capraro cater each procedure to the unique needs of the individual patient in order to achieve results that are beautiful and natural looking.

Tummy tuck options performed at Grossman Plastic Surgery include:

  • Standard/classic tummy tuck: An incision is made across the bikini line and another is made around the belly button. Abdominal muscles are tightened, and excess skin and fat are removed to restore a more toned appearance.
  • Modified tummy tuck: This procedure is ideal for patients who do not have enough loose skin to remove all of the skin around the belly button and pubic region. Your belly button will be moved down about one inch to facilitate the removal of excess skin. Abdominal muscles are also tightened in this procedure, which is more extensive than a standard tummy tuck and produces a larger scar.
  • Mini-tummy tuck: This is the least invasive tummy tuck option and is generally performed if you only need to tighten the area between the belly button and pubic region.
  • Belt lipectomy: A belt lipectomy is often performed on patients who have undergone massive weight loss. It is a 360 degree tummy tuck, and the scar runs all the way around the body.

Will my scars be visible after a tummy tuck?

We always work to make your incisions in discrete locations to avoid extensive visible scars following your tummy tuck. In many cases, your clothing preferences will dictate how visible your scar will be after the procedure.

During the preoperative phase of your procedure, you and our plastic surgeons will discuss this in great detail in order to ensure your incisions are made in a way that minimizes scar visibility as much as possible.

Is a tummy tuck safe?

Yes, but as with all surgical procedures, there are always certain risks involved. Tummy tuck complications are extremely rare when the procedure is performed by a highly skilled and experienced board certified plastic surgeon. Our plastic surgeons have more than 40 years of combined experience performing tummy tucks, and have performed thousands of these procedures while consistently achieving exceptional results.

If you have more questions about abdominoplasty, please call 303-320-5566 or contact Grossman Plastic Surgery online today to schedule your tummy tuck consultation. We serve patients in Denver and Littleton, Colorado.