Tummy Tuck in
Charlotte, NC

Dr. Ditesheim is a board-certified tummy tuck plastic surgeon who uses advanced tummy tuck techniques + artistic vision to give you the flat tummy and curvy shape you always wanted. Through years of experience, Dr. Ditesheim is among the best tummy tuck plastic surgeons.

Before and After: Tummy Tuck Results

When looking at tummy tuck before and after photo, look for artistry and surgical expertise. A beautiful female form for every woman is highlighted by a long torso, hourglass shape, and hidden scars. When looking at the tummy tuck before and after portfolio, you want to feel that the surgeon is experienced so that whether you are a size 2 or a

size 16, you are making the best choice to have your best body. Dr. Ditesheim combines artistic understanding of the beautiful female form and expert surgical skill and execution. Every tummy tuck before and after result should look pleasing to the eye without distracting scars or distortions.

Essential Tummy Tuck Information:

What is a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that removes excess, stretched or hanging skin from the lower tummy. Women who have tummy weakness not attributable to intra-abdominal fat can have the tummy wall tightened to have a flatter tummy.

Is there a tummy tuck scar?

All tummy tucks will leave a permanent scar just above the pubic area.
The scar can be hidden with a bikini or panties and will fade over time.
Full tummy tucks will have a scar around the belly button.

Can Liposuction and tummy tuck be done together?

Liposuction is very often used with a tummy tuck to define shape, particularly of the waist, hips, flanks, back, and thighs.

Can Breast procedures be done at the same time as a Tummy tuck?

A breast procedure can be performed at the same time for many women. Often, this is performed after pregnancy in a procedure known as a Mommy Makeover.

How long is the Tummy tuck Recovery?

Recovery after a tummy tuck is usually 2-3 weeks to be 80% recovered and 12-24 months to be fully healed.

What does a Tummy Tuck cost?

Range for Tummy Tucks: $8000-$15000
Liposuction cost starts at $4500
We can help you with financing options.

Tummy Tuck Candidates

Tummy tucks, like all surgical procedures, have risks, recovery, and scars. Women who are in good physical condition, follow a healthy lifestyle regarding diet and exercise, and do not smoke can be excellent candidates for a tummy tuck procedure at any age.

Women who have medical problems that are under control, including higher weight, diabetes, high blood pressure or autoimmune diseases, may also be good candidates for a tummy tuck procedure if these medical issues are well controlled.

Women who are obese, smoke, have multiple risk factors including heart or lung problems, poor mobility, history of blood clots or who have unrealistic expectations would be at high risk for a tummy tuck procedure.

Choosing a Tummy Tuck

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.

Our on-site Surgical Suite

Your safety and well-being are of utmost importance to us. Our state-of-the art surgical suite is certified with the highest level of accreditation by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (AAAASF). Your anesthesia is administered by a board-certified MD anesthesiologist, and our registered nurses are certified in advanced cardiac life support.

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Meet Dr. Ditesheim

Tummy Tuck Plastic Surgeon

I believe that every woman deserves to feel beautiful in her own skin.As an experienced and board-certified plastic surgeon, my passion is to enable each woman to present the most confident and positive version of herself throughout her life. I have committed my practice to this passion – it is so much more than hoping a patient will be pleased.

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Dr. Ditesheim’s approach to Tummy Tuck Surgery

The Tummy Tuck Consultation

It is my passion and my commitment to help each woman achieve “her best body”. Your tummy tuck consultation starts with understanding you as a woman: your frustrations, your weight, your problem areas. Do you have to camouflage “problem areas” of your body when dressing? Has your weight been up and down or fairly steady? When you were pregnant, did you show early, were the babies very large? Was there a lot of stretch?? What would give you more confidence in your body? Asking these questions to understand each patient allows me to create a personalized approach to tummy tuck surgery.

Understanding your Body:

Fat pockets over the lower tummy or back are the reason for poor waist definition, bra rolls, back fat, or muffin top complaints. Genetics strongly determines each woman’s body frame: height, weight distribution, and pelvic shape. Skin and fatty tissue are layered over the frame to create curves and shape. While our bodies are programmed to store energy in the form of fat, excess fat “pockets” or exaggerated body fat disproportion, creates extreme frustration, poor body image and loss of confidence.

Your Tummy Tuck Treatment Plan

The best plastic surgery plan is the one that will give you greater confidence in your body and yourself. Depending on your risk, your allowable time for recovery, your investment and your desired result, we will make a plan that is customized for you. There may be options for combining procedures or staging procedures, I will help you find the plan that is right for you. The plan I will recommend will always prioritize safety. Remember, the goal of plastic surgery is to empower you.

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Before Dr. Ditesheim was my surgeon, he was my boss.

I have also observed firsthand the time and thought that Dr. Ditesheim puts into each patient’s surgery planning. This exposure made it obvious to me that Dr. Ditesheim was the perfect choice for me to address certain parts of my own body that I had been uncomfortable with.


Liposuction or a Tummy Tuck?

You can feel great about your body with a real improvement or a WOW result:

The quickest recovery is a limited awake liposuction procedure. Liposuction to remove a bulge or roll or flatten a tummy can make a real improvement. You may treat the tummy or the tummy and waist, or you may reshape the thighs at the same time. The result is immediate and you can drive yourself home and be back to work within a few days. In contrast, choosing to reshape the body more completely by combining a tummy tuck and liposuction (Tummy tuck 360) will give you a WOW result, but you should expect a longer recovery, 2-3 weeks out of work and a greater investment. The best option for you depends on your concerns and goals for your results.

Before and After photos comparing a Liposuction procedure and a Tummy Tuck 360 (liposuction and tummy tuck). (Top): Liposuction, using Aquashape, water-jet liposuction, 42yr 5’5” 140lb restored a flat tummy. (Bottom): Tummy Tuck 360 using VASER Liposuction and High Definition Technique, 45yr 5’7” 149lb combines a tummy tuck with circumferential liposuction.


Liposuction removes fat from areas where there is excess or unwanted fat causing a bulge or roll. If the overlying skin has good elasticity, removing the fat can flatten the area. This is very helpful in the lower tummy, love-handles, waist and hips or thighs. Liposuction scars are very small and easily hidden, the recovery can be 2-14 days for small areas, 3-8 weeks for larger fat removal or multiple areas. Liposuction can be performed awake or with general anesthesia. All procedures are performed in the operating room.

Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that removes excess fat and skin and tightens the “inner girdle” to restore a flat tummy. The waist is improved. There is a short scar just above the pubic area (mini-tummy tuck) or a longer scar that extends to the edges of the lower pelvis (full tummy tuck). When more skin is removed from the front and sides the scar can be extended ( extended tummy tuck). The scar is permanent but will fade with time over the first 12-24months. Most tummy tucks are performed under general anesthesia. Tummy tuck recovery is 2-3 weeks to return to work or daily life with 100% tummy tuck recovery at one year. Depending on the degree of core tightening, the first week can have more discomfort compared with liposuction. There is no other surgical option for treating the excess or stretched skin of the tummy after pregnancy or large weight loss. Tummy tuck procedures are performed in the operating room.

Photos showing before and after results for liposculpting of the torso. (left) 47 yr old woman before and after Vaser High Definition Liposuction to sculpt the waist and upper buttocks (5’1”, 123lb); (middle) 50 yr old woman before and after High Definition Liposuction to sculpt the bra, back and flanks 5’4” 163lb); (right) 42 yr old woman 5’5” 163lb before and after Aquashape Water-Jet Liposuction to shape the torso: abdomen and hips and breast lift ( mastopexy).

Tummy tuck Combined with Liposuction

Tummy Tuck + Liposuction: To restore a flat tummy and define waist and buttocks contour, Dr. Ditesheim combines both a Tummy tuck and liposuction to deliver the best results (Lipoabdominoplasty). “Selectively targeting areas of excess fat can unveil the more defined youthful anatomy. Removing fat from the upper back and bra area can eliminate the bra-roll fullness and puffiness under the armpit. Sculpting the fat in the lower back can define waist and shape the transition from the back to the buttocks. Adding fat to the buttocks can further enhance shape as desired ( BBL: Brazilian Butt Lift). To really sculpt the body the procedure is performed with the patient both on her back and on her tummy. This circumferential approach (Tummy Tuck 360) uses the shaping principles of High Definition Liposuction to create outstanding highlights that define the natural anatomy.

Before and After photos comparing a Liposuction procedure and a Tummy Tuck 360 (liposuction and tummy tuck). (Top): Liposuction, using Aquashape, water-jet liposuction, 42yr 5’5” 140lb restored a flat tummy. (Bottom): Tummy Tuck 360 using VASER Liposuction and High Definition Technique, 45yr 5’7” 149lb combines a tummy tuck with circumferential liposuction.

“I finally look on the outside how I feel on the inside. I am so glad I did the surgery - the results are so natural, but I feel like a new woman! Dr. Ditesheim is incredible.”

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Frequently Asked Questions

Am I a candidate?

Ideal candidates for a tummy tuck have undergone significant weight loss or have been pregnant. If you’re bothered by loose, excess abdominal skin, lingering fatty deposits around the abdomen or separated abdominal muscles, you may be a good candidate for abdominoplasty.nnWomen frequently pursue tummy tuck surgery after they have completed their families, while both men and women can be excellent candidates if they have lost any amount of weight that leaves them with baggy abdominal contours. Candidates should reach their goal weight prior to surgery, be in good physical and mental health and have realistic expectations about their results.

Whatu2019s the difference between a full and a mini tummy tuck?

Either a full or mini tummy tuck can deliver beautiful results in the right candidate. At your consultation, Dr. Ditesheim can explain in detail the difference between the two tummy tuck types and evaluate your current skin laxity, abdominal contours and the state of your abdominal muscles to help determine which tummy tuck is right for you.nnA mini tummy tuck focuses on excess skin and fatty tissue below the belly button. While keeping the belly button intact, Dr. Ditesheim removes small amounts of fatty tissue through a small incision just above the pubic mound. He can also tone the lower abdominal muscles before pulling the skin over your new shape and trimming away any extra. A mini tummy tuck is best for patients with little to no excess skin or fatty tissue in the upper abdominal region and minimal abdominal separation.nnA full tummy tuck is a more comprehensive procedure that addresses skin and muscle laxity throughout the abdomen. Through a slightly longer incision, Dr. Ditesheim can remove excess tissue throughout the stomach and repair the upper and lower abdominals. He will then pull the stomach skin tight, excise any extra and reinsert the belly button in a natural position. A full tummy tuck is common for patients who have undergone dramatic weight loss, multiple pregnancies or have contouring concerns throughout their midsection.

When is liposuction used in conjunction with a tummy tuck?

While Dr. Ditesheim removes small amounts of fatty tissue during a tummy tuck, the procedure’s ability to reduce pockets of subcutaneous fat is limited. For patients with stubborn fatty deposits in and around the abdomen, Dr. Ditesheim can use AquaShape® water assisted liposuction to remove fat cells in problem areas. While not every patient will require liposuction to reach their goals, this combined technique can result in greater contouring possibilities than either procedure alone.

Are the results of a tummy tuck permanent?

A tummy tuck is intended to create long-lasting results. However, it’s important that patients understand that their bodies will continue to respond to lifestyle changes, diet, age and hormones. Post-weight loss patients are encouraged to maintain a healthy lifestyle in order to keep their new contours.nnAdditionally, women who plan on becoming pregnant in the future are often recommended to wait until they have completed their families before getting a tummy tuck. While abdominoplasty won’t affect a woman’s ability to carry a child to term, future pregnancies may reverse some of the contouring accomplished in a tummy tuck.

Will I have permanent scars?

As with any surgery, the scars from a tummy tuck are permanent. However, Dr. Ditesheim takes special care to place the incisions as discreetly as possible. The scar from a tummy tuck should fall below the bikini line so as to be well hidden. With proper care, many patients find that their scars fade dramatically within the first one to two years following surgery.

When can I see results?

You should notice a difference in your figure immediately after surgery, although your results will initially be obscured by any swelling or bruising you experience as you recover. By the middle of the second week, most patients can return to most of their daily activities, easing into more vigorous exercises over the next several weeks. You should have a good idea of your final results within 4 to 6 weeks after your tummy tuck.

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Not every plastic surgeon in Charlotte is equal in natural talent and ability. To create truly excellent results in plastic surgery requires an eye for beauty and a personal dedication to helping the patient achieve what they envision. Whether you’re interested in liposuction, a facelift, tummy tuck or any other plastic surgery, Dr. Ditesheim offers an artistic approach that his patients love.

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