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Plastic Surgery - Body

Tummy Tuck

Tummy Tuck Colorado, Aspen, Basalt, Glenwood Springs

Dr. Fodor provides Tummy Tuck in Aspen, Basalt and surrounding areas.

Tummy Tuck

Tummy Tuck

What is a Tummy Tuck?

Substantial weight loss, muscle weakness following multiple pregnancies, or heredity can all cause or contribute to loose, wrinkled abdominal skin and excess fat in the lower abdomen. If your only complaint is the appearance of a protruding abdomen, and if your skin tone is good, it may be that liposuction is the only treatment you’ll need. But if you also have loose skin and lack of tone in the abdominal area, then an abdominoplasty, commonly called a tummy tuck, may be recommended for you.

Today, the modern woman wants to regain her figure after childbearing, wear fitted clothing and look natural in her overall contour, both sitting and standing. The optimal results in abdominoplasty are achieved by careful attention to incision placement, skin and fat removal, re-creating a natural umbilicus (belly button) and proper but not excessive tightening of the loose stomach muscles.

This is a wonderful operation for women who, following pregnancy, have developed loose abdominal skin and abdominal wall weakness. My patients appreciate the fact that I can help them get rid of the excess skin of the stomach that is unaffected by diet or exercise. The fact is that diet and exercise simply cannot remove the skin laxity that comes from pregnancy and/or weight fluctuations. An abdominoplasty, on the other hand, can return the abdomen to a beautiful shape that looks great in slacks and swimwear.

Why is an Abdominoplasty Performed?

Tummy tucks are performed to correct problems with the abdomen resulting from pregnancy, weight loss, or weakened muscles. The muscles and skin become stretched and can’t return to their normal position. Unfortunately, sit-ups and leg lifts don’t correct the problem, “Weight loss helps, but usually the problem is an excess of skin and muscle length. The muscles need to be tightened and the excess skin and fat surgically removed. The operation is tailored to the individual needs of the patient, from where the incision is placed, to whether it is a mini, moderate or full tummy tuck.

An abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, can effectively remove loose skin and excess fat from the abdominal area, tighten the underlying structure, and restore a more youthful body contour. It can also remove stretch marks in the lower abdomen. By horizontally tightening the fascia (a sheet of connective tissue extending from the rib cage to the pubic bone between the layers of fat and muscle), an abdominoplasty may somewhat narrow your waist. The procedure will leave the skin tighter, effectively making the body look leaner and more youthful. An abdominoplasty will, however, produce a permanently visible scar. This scar can usually be positioned so that it remains completely hidden by your usual style of swimwear and undergarments.

The Consultation

Depending on your expectations, desires, and the extent of your fat deposits and excess skin, Dr. Fodor will advise you whether a full abdominoplasty, a limited abdominoplasty, liposuction alone, or a combination of abdominoplasty and liposuction will yield the best result. Determining the correct abdominoplasty procedure requires an accurate analysis of the underlying muscular and skeletal structures, fatty deposits and skin condition. People think of a tummy tuck as a way of eliminating fat, but more often it is a way of correcting loose muscle and skin tone. Dr. Fodor assess the muscle tissue layer, fatty tissue layer, and the skin to properly individualize the procedure for your case.


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