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Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

Belly fat – we all hate it! Not only does it make us feel unattractive, but it can be some of the most stubborn fat on your body. For many of us, it simply refuses to budge even after hours in the gym and months of careful monitoring in the kitchen. Talk about frustrating.

Luckily, there are cosmetic surgery procedures to get rid of that fat. An abdominoplasty, commonly known as a tummy tuck, is the best procedure when you have excess skin as well as fat. It’s a particularly popular procedure with women who want their pre-pregnancy bodies back.

Get back the body you had before motherhood. Wear the clothes that make you feel truly feminine. Feel good about yourself at the mirror outside your shower. Take the next step to return to the figure of your youth.

Our award-winning surgeons at H/K/B teach abdominoplasty to plastic surgeons from around the world. So, you can be assured they are well-versed in the most advanced – yet medically sound – techniques to ensure your safety and satisfaction.

Drainless Tummy Tuck

Less pain, less anxiety, and faster recovery!

Drains are typically inserted post-operatively to prevent fluid accumulation that occurs between tissue layers after surgery. Although they have been necessary for quite some time, drains are awkward, messy, and cumbersome for patients to carry around for weeks after their procedure. TissuGlu® Surgical Adhesive works by strongly adhering the tissue layers together, allowing fluid to resorb naturally during healing. 

TissuGlu® patients have been shown to resume activities, such as showering, driving, and returning to work sooner than patients with drains.  As innovators in plastic surgery, we are proud to give our patients a recovery free from anxiety about the aftercare of drains.

At H/K/B, we use a technique that removes the space between the abdominal wall and overlaying fat and skin whenever possible. 

No space means no need for drains. 

While not all patients are ideal candidates for this technique, recovery is easier for those who can have the surgery safely and effectively without the drains.

Few practices offer a drainless tummy tuck, so if you are interested in this surgery, see us for an examination and consultation to learn if you can benefit from this advancement while removing stubborn fat from the abdomen.

What Can an Abdominoplasty Do For Me?

A tummy tuck can restore a lean, more youthful contour to your tummy and waistline. You can sit down without that uncomfortable “belly roll,” and your clothes will fit better. Your clothing selection will expand to midriffs and bikinis. You will feel good about your belly again.

If you have excess skin and fat in the abdominal area you can’t seem to lose, an H/K/B plastic surgeon can help. If you’re looking for a tummy tuck in Charlotte, we are renowned for our state-of-the-art facilities, and clinically proven techniques.

Tummy Tuck Consultation

Abdominoplasty is an important decision that should not be taken lightly. When you come to our Huntersville or SouthPark location, you will be treated to our professional staff and state-of-the-art facilities. You will be given a thorough physical examination, and meet personally with your H/K/B plastic surgeon.

Your surgeon will discuss your decision for abdominoplasty, your desired outcome, and a reasonable result with your unique body type. He will explain the nuances of a tummy tuck, what to expect leading up to surgery, during surgery, and your recovery afterwards. He will explain the risks and the rewards, and will answer any questions and address any concerns, including whether you might be a candidate for a drain-free procedure with TissuGlu®. You will not be rushed and will have sufficient time to be fully informed.

Are You a Suitable Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?

Surgery should be sought for your personal self-confidence and not for the reasons of another.

You should consider a tummy tuck if:

  • You have no health issues and are physically healthy
  • You have realistic expectation
  • You don’t smoke or are willing to quit
  • You feel uncomfortable with excess skin and stubborn fat in the abdominal area
  • You are frustrated with finding clothes to wear due to stubborn fat and excess skin in the abdominal area.

What Can I Expect During a Tummy Tuck?

You should avoid blood thinners like aspirin, ibuprofen, and Tylenol for two weeks before and two weeks after your tummy tuck procedure. Patients over the age of 50 you will require an EKG.

During your surgery, excess fat and skin are removed from above the belly button down to the pubic area. The incision typically extends from one hipbone to the other, but it is placed low. Liposuction is performed through the entire abdomen, hips, and pubic area to suction out the excess fatty tissue.

The muscles are repositioned to achieve a flat, tight abdomen with dramatic improvement to the waistline and posture. This process also allows any abdominal muscles that have stretched apart to be brought back together. Stretch marks can sometimes be removed or reduced as well during this procedure, and we can diminish them further through our ICON Laser, which is the only FDA-approved laser procedure for stretch mark removal.

Abdominoplasty is an outpatient surgery performed at our state-of-the-art facility, or for more invasive procedures, you can stay in our fully-accredited overnight facility under the care of our professional nursing staff – all whom are certified in advanced cardiac life support. This is not a requirement for a facility’s accreditation and certification, but it ensures the highest level of supervision, evaluation, and care should there ever be an emergency. It means you can relax in the knowledge that you are in good hands.

We also use board-certified anesthesiologists who remain in the operating room during your procedure. They will stay with you from their administering the anesthesia until you are awake. This is the gold standard in the operating room, and you should accept nothing less.

Note for those with only abdominal fat and no excess skin, abdominal liposuction alone may be sufficient. During your consultation with our doctors, we will advise as to which procedure will bring you the results you’re after.

Before & After Photos

Be sure to visit our Before and After gallery to view photos of real H/K/B Tummy Tuck patients.

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What is a Mesh Abdominoplasty?

In rare cases, mesh is inserted during a tummy tuck to reinforce the stomach muscles. This is only indicated on occasion for those with a severe injury or defect in an abdominal muscle, those with significant laxity of the abdominal muscular wall, those who have experienced repeated abdominal muscle separation, or those who need a large hernia repair during their procedure.

How Long Does a Tummy Tuck Last?

The results of are long lasting. It is possible to develop new fat, of course, but you can help maintain your slimmer contour with the preventative measures of healthy eating and regular exercise.

Abdominoplasty Cost and Financing

The cost of tummy tuck surgery is important to our patients at H/K/B. There is no set price for our customized approach as the cost is as unique as you. Your surgeon will devise a specific approach according to your desired result and unique anatomy. Cost and finance options will be discussed at your initial consultation.

What Does Tummy Tuck Recovery Entail?

Recovery time from an abdominoplasty varies from patient to patient. While some feel well enough to return to work within a week, others require three or more weeks. With your case and the extent of your surgery, we can give you an estimate as to your recovery time.

Expect to be swollen and sore for at least a few days, but your surgeon will prescribe pain medication to make you comfortable during recovery. 

Standing up straight will be a problem at first, but you should start walking as soon as possible to avoid blood clotting.

TissuGlu® patients experience a better quality of life during recovery compared to patients with drains. A clinical study proved that patients who used TissuGlu returned to a normal work schedule approximately 3 days sooner than those with drains. Although you might feel eager to resume heavy activity following your tummy tuck with TissuGlu, please remember you just had a major surgery and your body will need time to heal. Be sure to carefully follow your surgeon’s recovery instructions.

We will monitor your progress after your surgery, and give you detailed post-operative instructions to make your recovery as easy as possible.

Picking Best Plastic Surgeon for Your Tummy Tuck

An accomplished plastic surgeon is vital for your desired outcome from a tummy tuck procedure. Your surgeon must have the right credentials and qualifications. Board certification, education, and satisfied patients are essential in picking the right candidate.

The support staff is essential as well. They should be friendly, compassionate, professional, and dedicated. It is important you are comfortable with the entire team.

Your research and meeting with the surgeon personally should be done with utmost consideration. Check out the facility where the surgery will be performed as well. This is not a decision to be rushed or done haphazardly. Take you time to gather the necessary information.

From our Patients

I heard about Dr. Hunstad from a plastic surgeon in Virginia Beach. This surgeon is a retired plastic surgeon and when asked about who he would trust with his family members, he immediately said Dr. Hunstad. In the summer of 2015, my husband and I met with Dr. Hunstad in Charlotte for a consult for an abdominoplasty and breast lift. We were very impressed with the office from the beginning. From the receptionist to the consult, to the treatment planning coordinator, everyone treated us with respect and kindness. Dr. Hunstad was very thorough with his explanations of the procedures as well as patient with answering all my questions. I felt very comfortable with him. He loves what he does and it shows.​

I am 71 and 1/2 years old, so I’ve been around awhile. Naturally, to reach this age and to be in very good health, I’ve seen my share of doctors. I have NEVER been treated so VERY SPECIAL. EVERYONE from the very top to the bottom of the ladder treated me the same. Everyone has a smile, pleasant, caring. I was called several times by staff and doctors to address any concerns I may have. WOW, JUST AWESOME. I just have one question for Dr K: Where do you send your staff for this type of awesome training? Thanks to all for making me feel so Special and for all the loving care you give.​

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