Abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, can help you improve your appearance and comfort, removing excess, sagging skin and restoring weakened abdominal muscles to create a flatter, more defined abdominal wall. The result is improved body contour and a smoother shape to the abdomen.
Lasting, dramatic improvements to your body contour
After significant weight loss, many people find themselves with sagging skin and fat around the belly and decreased strength and tone of the muscles beneath. A tummy tuck addresses these problems for both women and men. Women who have had children are often left a loose “inner girdle” that stretches during pregnancy. The tummy tuck is the only procedure that will tighten an inner girdle.
Before & After Tummy Tuck Surgery with Dr. Ditesheim*
After a tummy tuck, clothes will fit better. You may find yourself trying on form-fitting dresses and bikinis for the first time in years – and liking what you see.
“I feel great, I have my confidence back. Never thought I would be a mom in a 2 piece bathing suit. I hadn’t worn a 2 piece bathing suit in 16 years!”* — Tummy Tuck Patient
Dr. Ditesheim’s personalized approach
When Dr. Ditesheim began his Charlotte practice in 1997, he did so with the idea that the patient should be the one to decide what changes to make to his or her body. Our practice remains committed to this patient-first philosophy. At your consultation, Dr. Ditesheim listens to your goals and explains all of your options, helping you understand what results are possible with each, based on his experience, training and surgical expertise.
For tummy tuck surgery, he will help you choose the best option based on your anatomy, your personal goals and any reservations you have about surgery. Choices may include whether to have a mini or full tummy tuck, whether or not to have water assisted liposuction as well, or whether or not you want to have abdominoplasty at this time at all.
Why Dr. Ditesheim?
Cosmetic surgery is about you, not a procedure. That’s why Dr. Ditesheim’s approach is different. You’ll never hear him say you “need” a procedure. He’ll go over all of your options; you choose how to proceed. And this approach works! Just ask our happy patients.
When you choose Dr. Ditesheim, you get:
- A board certified plastic surgeon with 20+ years of experience
- Incredible support; the same medical team cares for you throughout the process
- An advanced tummy tuck recovery program to help you get back to your life more quickly
- Privacy & safety of a fully accredited, on-site surgical facility
What’s involved in abdominoplasty surgery?
An abdominoplasty procedure usually lasts between 2 to 3½ hours or longer, depending on the extent of surgery. General anesthesia is administered by a board certified physician anesthesiologist for your safety. The procedure is performed in our own AAAASF (American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities) accredited surgical suite. Our surgical facilities are built and run by strict standards, to ensure the highest level of safety and comfort.
The shape and length of the incision will be determined by the degree of correction necessary. Through this incision, weakened abdominal muscles are repaired and excess fat and skin are removed. A second incision around the navel may be necessary to remove excess skin in the upper abdomen. Dr. Ditesheim will speak with you about the options available for your body type to meet your individual goals.
What type of scar can I expect from a tummy tuck?
This is a great question, and an important issue to address as you consider your options. The scar after a tummy is a thin horizontal line, placed very low on your torso. Dr. Ditesheim uses a technique that places the incision as low as possible, just above the pubic mound. This is not just so resulting scar can be hidden by a swimsuit, but it actually helps preserve the length of the torso for a more natural, aesthetically pleasing result.
With proper care, a tummy tuck scar usually heals very neatly and fades over time. You can help ensure your scar heals properly by wearing your compression garment and following all post-operative instructions from Dr. Ditesheim.
Before & 18 Months After A Tummy Tuck*
Our unique tummy tuck recovery process
Once the tummy tuck surgery is complete, your incisions will be bandaged, and you may be given a compression garment in order to reduce swelling and to ensure optimal results for your newly contoured stomach. You may also have temporary tubes present to aid in the drainage of blood and fluid; these are typically removed after 2 to 4 days, if used. Most women report only slight discomfort, but the pain is usually mild.
Personalized attention from Dr. Ditesheim & our caring staff
If you have a full or extended tummy tuck, you will spend the first night after surgery in our private recovery suite. A trained member of our staff will be with you overnight, ensuring you are comfortable and that your recovery is going well. Dr. Ditesheim will see you the following morning, after which you can go home. For a minimal tummy tuck (e.g., a mini-tummy tuck or removal of skin only), you may be able to go home the same day as surgery.
You’ll be walking upright the same day you have surgery
Dr. Ditesheim will prescribe medications for pain management to aid in any discomfort. You will be able to walk, standing upright, without being bent over, starting the night of surgery. You will continue a post-operative walking regimen daily for the first week.
Our goal is for every patient to be able to do 80% of their regular pre-op activities by the middle of the second week.
This means returning to work, driving carpool, caring for the family. Aggressive or strenuous activity is gradually re-introduced. Most of our patients take about 1 to 2 weeks off of work to slowly restart normal activities. Dr. Ditesheim usually requests that a patient wait about a month before getting back into more vigorous activity.
We’ll follow up with you throughout your recovery
Our experienced staff will provide you with postoperative guidelines that provide instructions for the most comfortable and successful healing. In addition, one of our nurses will call you each day to make sure that you are recovering properly. We’re here to ensure that your recovery is a success story waiting to be told.
Is tummy tuck surgery right for me?
Your decision to have a tummy tuck or any other plastic surgery procedure is personal. At your consultation, Dr. Ditesheim will discuss your motivations, evaluate your current situation, and help you understand all your options. In general, you may be a good candidate for a tummy tuck if:
- You feel bothered by the size and appearance of your stomach.
- You have lost weight, but now have hanging, excess skin on your abdomen.
- You have tried to live a healthy lifestyle through a healthy diet and exercise and have achieved a stable weight.
- You are in good health and finished having children.
- You are a non-smoker or plan to quit smoking well in advance of the scheduled procedure.
What Does a Tummy Tuck Cost?
Total costs for a tummy tuck include professional anesthesia care (MD), credentialed, accredited surgical facility (OR and Recovery) and surgical fees (all professional care). The actual price will vary depending on the complexity of your particular case.