Tummy Tucks: Why Going Flatter Isn’t Better


Abdominoplasty can be a challenging surgery to perform, not necessarily only because of its technical difficulty but also because of the extra care that must be taken in order to ensure soft, natural-looking contours. While the goal of a tummy tuck is, of course, a slimmer, firmer belly, just making the tummy look “flat” should never be the actual end result.

Honoring the Body

The abdomen has many subtle contour variations that, if absent, lend an air of artificiality that looks too
obviously surgical. The best plastic surgeons recognize this fact and honor it by adapting their surgical
techniques accordingly. This may mean including surgical or nonsurgical body sculpting  after surgery, or
combining lipo with abdominoplasty at the same time. This offers a more comprehensive approach that doesn’t neglect the refined shaping necessary for a more natural-looking outcome.

There are a few giveaways that are surefire signs of an uninspired abdominoplasty:

• A poorly performed tummy tuck looks oddly flat in profile, usually with too-straight sides.
• The belly button may look unusually large or shallow, sit too high or too low or may be
• The incision could be placed too high, may look uneven or feel too conspicuous.
In contrast, the  best tummy tucks have more grace to them:
• The waist is nicely shaped and gently tapered, without dog-ears or any other signs of
• The navel looks natural and centered, with a subtle oval shape and a slight hood.
• The primary incision is low enough to be easily hidden.

If you’re considering an abdominoplasty, make sure to examine before and after photos very closely, and only choose a board-certified plastic surgeon who consistently delivers beautifully crafted, nuanced results.

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Denver Plastic Surgeon