Charlotte NC Tummy Tuck
After pregnancy, weight loss or just plain aging, many people find themselves with excess skin and fat around the belly and decreased strength and tone of the muscles beneath. Abdominoplasty or “tummy tuck” addresses these problems for both women and men. The result is improved body contour and a smoother shape to the abdomen.
Lasting, dramatic improvements to your body contour
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. 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.
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 cannot even begin to describe how wonderful and liberating it is not to be ashamed of my body anymore. Finally, it is representative of all the effort I have put into maintaining my figure after the birth of my children. Your service and support have been exceptional and worth every penny.”J.G. Winston-Salem, NC
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 including professional anesthesia care (MD), credentialed, accredited surgical facility (OR and Recovery) and surgical fees (all professional care) will range from: $6,500-$14,500.
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.
During the tummy tuck surgery, the excess fat and skin from your middle and lower abdomen is removed and the inner girdle of the abdominal wall is tightened. Dr. Ditesheim uses a technique that places a horizontal 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.
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.
Recovering after a tummy tuck
Once the tummy tuck surgery is complete you will be bandaged and 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.
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.
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.
Our experienced staff will provide you with postoperative guidelines that provide instructions for the most comfortable and successful healing. In addition, our nurse, Susie, will call you each day to make sure that you are recovering properly.
We want to make sure that your surgical experience and recovery is as pleasant as possible. Our attentive staff is here to ensure that your recovery is a success story waiting to be told.