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Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

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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 deprivation in the kitchen. Talk about frustrating.

Luckily, there are now 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.

Dr. Hunstad teaches abdominoplasty to plastic surgeons during his annual instructional courses at the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. So, you can be assured that he and Dr. Kortesis are well-versed in the most advanced – yet medically sound – techniques to ensure your safety and satisfaction.

What can an abdominoplasty do for me?

An abdominoplasty can restore a thinner, more youthful contour to your tummy and waistline. You can sit down without that uncomfortable “belly roll,” and your clothes will fit better.

What can I expect during a tummy tuck?

During your surgery, excess fat and skin are removed from above the belly button down to within the pubic hair area. The incision typically extends from one hipbone to the other, but it is placed very low. Liposuction is performed through the entire abdomen, hips, and pubic area to suction out the 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 eliminated or reduced as well during this procedure, and we can diminish stretch marks further through our ICON Laser, which is the only FDA-approved laser procedure for stretch mark removal.

Abdominoplasty is an outpatient surgery at our state-of-the-art facility, or you can stay in our fully-accredited overnight facility under the care of our top-notch nursing staff – all of 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. This is the gold standard in the operating room, and you should accept nothing less.

Note that 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.

How long does it take to recover from abdominoplasty?

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. Based on 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 we will give you a prescription for pain medication to help you through this period.

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

How long does a tummy tuck last?

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

Abdominoplasty is a very safe surgery, especially when you have experienced surgeons in an advanced facility like Hunstad Kortesis.

Picture yourself with a flat stomach. Call us today about an abdominoplasty / tummy tuck in North Carolina.


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