Also known as abdominoplasty, this procedure removes excess abdominal skin and tightens deep abdominal muscles.
The improvement in contour can be quite dramatic, with better-fitting clothes, even getting back in a bathing suit when you never thought you would, and greatly improved self-esteem. Abdominoplasty helps to improve the contour of the abdomen and to narrow the waist by tightening the abdominal muscles. Women with stretched areas of the abdomen caused by previous pregnancies can benefit substantially from abdominoplasty. Other persons whose skin no longer has the same elasticity and are somewhat obese can experience an improvement in their abdominal area.
For those in generally good physical shape but who are concerned about deposits of fat around the abdomen or loose skin that does not respond to diet and exercise, the tummy tuck procedure can possibly reduce or even eliminate a protruding abdomen. Abdominoplasty will cause a permanent scar which can extend to both sides of your hips, although it will likely be located below the bikini or bathing suit line.
A “modified” abdominoplasty can sometimes be performed when the full procedure is not required, usually resulting in a shorter scar. In addition, Dr. Ferrari is one of the few surgeons in the Charlotte area to perform the latest “Hollywood Tummy Tuck” with no drains! (see below for details).
Thanks to Dr. Ferrari’s skills and advanced techniques, you can have a smoother, tighter, more attractive tummy. Using his own precise, refined liposculpting techniques, Dr. Ferrari can give you back the tighter, flatter, more youthful tummy you once had, just as he has already done for so many of your Charlotte, NC neighbors and friends. Be sure to take a look at our tummy tuck before and after photos, and call us if you have any questions about tummy tuck cost.
Making a decision to undergo any surgical procedure should be done after careful consideration. The first thing to decide is if you are PROPERLY MOTIVATED to undergo a cosmetic surgery procedure. In other words, are you doing this to feel better about your appearance or are you trying to satisfy someone else’s desires or obtain some ideal image in your mind that might not ever be attainable?
If you feel you are properly motivated psychologically and have REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS, then there are physical issues to consider. The best candidates are healthy, have stable weight and are non-smokers. It is important to realize that though tummy tuck and liposuction can dramatically improve shape and contours, they are not considered weight-loss techniques.
Depending on your aesthetic goals and degree of abdominal skin laxity, there are several tummy tuck options. The simplest tummy tuck with the least amount of scarring is the MINI-TUMMY TUCK. Patients without much skin laxity or who just need their abdominal muscles tightened are good candidates for this procedure. Also, with the mini-tummy tuck, the belly-button can be moved down about an inch from the inside without creating an external scar. If the skin has more laxity requiring more skin removal, then the scar must be made longer.
The belly-button stalk is also freed up so that it won’t end up too low. Once the excess skin is removed, a new “hole” is created and the belly-button brought out through that hole and stitched into place. Therefore, with the CLASSIC OR STANDARD TUMMY TUCK, there is a hip-to-hip scar and another scar for the belly-button. When patients lose large amounts of weight (i.e. over 100 pounds), then they are likely good candidates for EXTENDED TUMMY TUCKS (which have a longer hip-to-hip scar), or CIRCUMFERENTIAL TUMMY TUCKS (which are also called LOWER BODY LIFTS since the scar goes all the way around the lower body and not only tightens the midsection, it also lifts the outer thighs and buttocks). A final option for patients with excessively loose skin in both the vertical and horizontal dimensions is to combine their tummy tuck with a VERTICAL SKIN REMOVAL procedure.
For state-of-the-art abdominoplasty that gets beautiful results, call our Charlotte tummy tuck surgeon at Premier Plastic Surgery Center today at (704) 288-5554. For your convenience, you can make an appointment for your preferred consultation. Call about tummy tuck cost and visit our tummy tuck before and after gallery to see some fantastic results! Though most of our tummy tuck patients come to us from Weddington, Monroe, Waxhaw, Matthews and Charlotte, Dr. Ferrari has also had many patients that have travelled from many parts of the United States and South America to have him perform their surgeries.
Contact us at any time to get more information about how a tummy tuck can enhance your beauty.