A Beginner’s Guide to Tummy Tuck Surgery

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You have been thinking about getting a tummy tuck for a long time now, but you’re not sure where to start. Undergoing tummy tuck surgery is a major decision and you want to be sure that you’re making the right choice despite your dreams of having a flatter abdomen. No doubt, you’ve delved into the internet, combing through pages of before and after pictures—all the while searching endlessly for a midsection that resembles your own.
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3 Ways a Tummy Tuck Can Reshape Your Body

3 Ways a Tummy Tuck Can Reshape Your Body If you have always been self-conscious about the look of your midsection, or pregnancy or weight loss has left you with considerable amounts of loose abdominal skin or a “pooched” and rounded belly, you may be a good candidate for a tummy tuck. The tummy tuck is a popular body contouring procedure that can help you achieve that flat and toned stomach you’ve always wanted. We’ve helped many women slim down and enjoy a more attractive silhouette with this body contouring procedure. Continue reading “3 Ways a Tummy Tuck Can Reshape Your Body” »

Best Body Contouring Procedures for Your Makeover in Colorado

Makeover Colorado If you have lost a significant amount of weight after weight loss surgery or with diet and exercise, you probably have some loose skin, stretch marks, and unwanted flab. Undergoing plastic surgery after weight loss can improve your figure and help you achieve a more youthful and attractive silhouette. We perform several different body contouring procedures that can enhance your appearance and restore your body after dramatic weight loss. Here are some body contouring procedures for your cosmetic makeover in Colorado: Continue reading “Best Body Contouring Procedures for Your Makeover in Colorado” »

3 Reasons to Get a Tummy Tuck this Summer

If you’re due for a makeover and want a flat, toned stomach, consider getting a tummy tuck this summer. The tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, can help to create a flat and smooth abdomen. You can’t always get these types of results with diet and exercise alone, and the procedure can be very beneficial for women who have experienced significant weight loss and those who have undergone several pregnancies. Continue reading “3 Reasons to Get a Tummy Tuck this Summer” »


Last time, I introduced how every mommy makeover should be different; unique to each mother’s own take on how to regain their old silhouette. This week we’ll talk about how a growing amount of new mothers are signing up for the “two-in-one” tummy tuck and breast augmentation surgery, inspired by celebrity moms who seem to bounce back into shape within a few weeks. But sometimes the standard “two-in-one” is not always the right option when considering a mommy makeover. The first concern many moms voice after giving birth is their belly’s reluctance to recover. Continue reading “PART II MOMMY MAKEOVER: TUMMY TUCKS & LIPOSUCTION” »


As women, we all know what pregnancy can do to our bodies. We know about the sagging, the extra skin and the loss of volume. Most importantly, we know about the emotional toll it can take on us. As a female plastic surgeon (and a mom!) who has performed numerous mommy makeovers, I am here to speak candidly in a three part series about all your options as a mom. Continue reading “PART I MOMMY MAKEOVER: WOMAN TO WOMAN” »

How to Maintain a Flat Tummy this Summer

If you have recently undergone a tummy tuck, (or more commonly for those of us who haven’t!) maintaining a flat belly through the lazy summer months requires us to keep a couple of important things in mind. As much as we would like to think that summer is full of action-packed vacations and high amounts of calorie-blasting activity, a lot of times the majority of the summer is spent eating rich foods high in fat and sugar and low on nutritional value. Follow these tips and you will feel comfortable showing off your belly in a nice bathing suit all summer long.

Stay away from these foods & drinks!

I always say, “Food is medicine,” because what we feed our bodies directly impacts how we look and feel. Unfortunately, there are just some things that shouldn’t be a part of your summer diet, no matter how delicious or refreshing they seem. In order to keep the bulge away, you’re going to want to avoid foods high in saturated fats such as potato and macaroni salads, as well as anything that is deep fried. As good as they may taste, they are just torture to your belly. Avoiding a high sodium intake and carbonated beverages will also help to keep your belly from puffing up like a balloon. Instead, take advantage of ripe summer fruits and vegetables, like watermelon, berries, tomatoes and leafy greens. These will increase your anti-oxidant consumption, and minimize your abdomen.

Cardio & Crunches

You can do hundreds upon hundreds of crunches a day, but if you’re not pairing the ab exercises with cardio, there will be a layer of fat sitting on top of the muscle and hiding the definition! It is important to consistently burn the fat away with cardio while building muscle with crunches or sit-ups if you want to maintain a toned belly or even develop a six-pack!

Stick With It!

Maintaining a flat, toned belly requires a healthy diet and an effective exercise routine. In order to make the most out of your tummy tuck or healthy habits, you are going to want to follow these steps to keep your belly looking slim and smooth. While a tummy tuck can finally get you past that last speed-bump in your journey to a flat stomach, it is important to remember to maintain a healthy lifestyle afterwards as well.

Curious about tummy tucks?

If you have been working out and eating right but are still struggling with abdominal fullness that will not go away, a tummy tuck may be the solution for you. Dr. Lisa Hunsicker is a board-certified plastic surgeon and has been practicing her art since 1995 and is committed to helping her patients feel comfortable so she can help them achieve the results they are looking for. Call today to set up your consultation and learn how you can flatten your belly with Revalla Plastic Surgery & Medical Aesthetics.

Tell Cellulite “Cellu-LATER” with the VelaShape™ Laser Treatment

Now, walking around in a bikini during the summer may not be on anyone’s list of things to do here in Colorado as it may be somewhere with, say, a little bit more ocean nearby, but that is just all the more reason to slip into a nice pair of shorts or bikini every chance that we get! With the weather reaching up into the high 90s lately, it is time to finally get rid of the embarrassing cellulite and feel confident showing off some leg this summer. VelaShape™ Cellulite Laser Treatment is the perfect way to get you out and enjoying the sun in no time.

The Non-Surgical way to destroy cellulite.

VelaShape™ is a quick, 20-minute non-surgical body contouring laser treatment designed for quick and easy results for healthy patients who haven’t been quite able to get rid of stubborn cellulite. Using combined energies to target and heat only fatty tissues while a vacuum and mechanical massage smoothens the skin, the treatment is able to reduce cellulite and firm problem areas. VelaShape™ is one of the more popular ways of reducing cellulite for women and is even sworn by, courtesy of the Kardashian glamour girls (and we all know how much they care about their appearance). If you’re ready to feel great about your summer body, contact us today to speak with our highly trained and board certified surgeon, Dr. Lisa Hunsicker, or one of our experienced Medical Aestheticians here at Revalla Plastic Surgery & Medical Aesthetics. Whether you’re swimming at the lake, enjoying hiking around in shorts or spending a day at the pool, you will love showing off your new body every chance you get! Photo by Nick Onken

Can a Tummy Tuck Help You Slim Down?

Study shows lasting weight loss after abdominoplasty.

Although lap band and other bariatric surgeries can help achieve and maintain permanent weight loss, they are designed for the morbidly obese with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or greater. The tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), a procedure that’s more readily available to a wider range of patients, has shown promise in permanent weight loss, especially for those who were overweight or obese before surgery. A recent study found that not only was weight loss maintained a year after the tummy tuck but that the procedure also resulted in increased satiety, the sense of feeling full after eating. Removing fat cells from the abdomen may lead to reduced levels of hormones affecting appetite, according to the study. And as anyone who’s ever tried it knows, portion control is key to losing weight. The study evaluated short- and long-term weight loss in 20 women undergoing tummy tucks; they had an initial average weight loss of five pounds due to the surgery. Fourteen of the women, who had BMIs of 24.5 or more at the time of surgery and were generally considered overweight, not only maintained the initial loss but shed some additional pounds as well. The study also found that sustained weight loss was more likely for women who had a greater amount of excess tissue removed at abdominoplasty. Further research is needed to confirm these results. “Whether or not long-term weight reduction is associated with abdominoplasty has been little investigated and remained controversial,” observes Dr. Rex Edward Moulton-Barrett of Alameda Hospital in Alameda, California, who co-authored the study. So while a tummy tuck may help you obtain a flatter stomach, there’s no guarantee that the rest of the body will follow suit.