Tummy Tuck Surgery
Abdominoplasty, more commonly called a tummy tuck, is a popular procedure at our Charlotte, NC, practice. A tummy tuck not only slims your waistline, it flattens the abdomen and removes extra skin, creating results you can’t get from diet and exercise alone.
Dr. Augenstein knows that the midsection is notoriously difficult to tone, especially after having children or losing a great deal of weight. He spends ample time with you at your consultation discussing your tummy tuck options and educating you about your procedure.
Are You a Candidate?
Tummy tuck surgery is an ideal treatment for anyone looking to sculpt, firm, and flatten his or her abdomen. It’s an excellent option for moms who want to restore their bodies after having children, and is frequently combined with breast augmentation as part of a mommy makeover.
How You’ll Benefit
A tummy tuck usually involves removing excess skin and fat and tightening the abdominal muscles. This results in a narrower waist and a firm, flat abdomen. In many cases, at least some stretch marks are eliminated when the excess skin is removed.
A Personalized Experience
Dr. Augenstein never performs the same procedure twice. Each person’s treatment is uniquely customized to their goals and body type. During your consultation, Dr. Augenstein will sit down with you to develop a personalized plan that addresses your concerns. To do this, he will talk to you at length about your goals for surgery and use TouchMD–an innovative consultation tool–to help you better understand your surgery and securely document procedure notes, illustrations, etc.
The traditional tummy tuck utilizes an incision that runs horizontally between the pelvic bones. Dr. Augenstein is careful to make this incision low enough to be concealed by underwear or swimsuit bottoms. There is a second incision around the navel, which is usually well-concealed in the contours of the belly button.
During a tummy tuck, Dr. Augenstein will repair any muscle separation with internal sutures. He then removes the excess skin and closes the incisions.
Depending on the plan you and Dr. Augenstein develop together, you may be a candidate for one of the following:
- Mini tummy tuck: This procedure uses a shorter incision, and does not require the second incision around the belly button. It is best for individuals with a small amount of excess skin and fat below the navel.
- Drainless tummy tuck: For certain individuals, Dr. Augenstein is able to forego surgical drains by using a special suturing technique to close the “open” space where fluid can accumulate.
- Circumferential tummy tuck: This technique, which utilizes an incision that encircles the midsection, is ideal for people who have lost a significant amount of weight and have loose skin around their entire torso.
- Reverse tummy tuck: For a select few individuals, Dr. Augenstein offers a reverse tummy tuck to improve abdominal tone in the upper abdomen.
- Fleur de lis tummy tuck: This approach is similar to a full tummy tuck except that it includes an additional vertical incision down the midsection when there is a large amount of excess skin both horizontally and vertically on the abdomen.
Tummy Tuck Recovery
Your recovery time will depend on the type of tummy tuck you have, as well as your body’s ability to heal. You will not be able to walk fully upright for a few days, and you will be bruised and sore. Dr. Augenstein will prescribe pain medication to ensure you are comfortable. It is a good idea to have help around the house, especially if you have young children.
Most people take 1 or 2 weeks away from work, and are back to more strenuous activities like exercising in about 4 to 6 weeks. It can take several months for the swelling to go away entirely, and up to a year for scars to fade.
Common Tummy Tuck Questions
According to RealSelf.com, the average cost for a tummy tuck in Charlotte, NC, is around $8,100. Tummy tuck surgery can vary depending on the extent of the surgery, as well as whether or not your surgery will be combined with additional procedures like liposuction. Very low prices can be a red flag, indicating that the practitioner may not be exceptionally qualified; on the other hand, very high prices do not guarantee the best quality.
You should be healthy and at a stable weight before having a tummy tuck. Women should wait until they are finished having children before having surgery. Future pregnancies and weight fluctuations can cause additional skin laxity and belly protrusion.
Yes. Dr. Augenstein almost always combines a tummy tuck with liposuction of the waist and flanks. This combination is not only safe, it typically produces superior results in the form of smooth, seamless contours.
Dr. Augenstein is a dual board-certified plastic surgeon whose professionalism, artistry, and skill have made him an in-demand tummy tuck specialist. Request a consultation online, or call our office to schedule your appointment.
From Our Clients
Ever ask your nurse or doctor friend who they would recommend? Maybe you have wondered who operating room staff would go to for their plastic surgery procedure? It is Dr. Augenstein. I worked with a plastic surgeon a decade ago who educated me on what to look for in a surgeon if I ever felt the need for a "mommy makeover" after I was done having children. 10 years and 3 children later I decided it was time. As a physician myself, I have quietly watched the work of many plastic surgeons here in Charlotte and during my training, residency and fellowship in 2 other states waiting to meet one that would measure up to standard I was told years ago. It was with Dr. Augenstein that I found a match. What is the standard? For me it was Board Certification in Plastic Surgery, excellent surgical skill, deep medical knowledge and great bedside manner. He actually exceeds this standard. On my initial visit I told him about a friend who was going through personal difficulty. He has asked about her every time I have seen him after and went out of his way to help a women he had never met. I have seen him with his other patients and he genuinely has a deep caring for them personally and wants them to be happy with themselves and their results. During the consultation I inquired about Cool Sculpting he was honest and didn't up sell me on a procedure I didn't need. Fast forward to the procedure and my results. One of the other reasons I chose him was that he uses a Board Certified Anesthesiologist to oversee the anesthesia to provide his patients with the best care. I was EXTREMELY nervous the day of the procedure and he and the anesthesia team took incredible care of me. He and the anesthesiologists he uses practice multi-modal anesthesia to limit the amount of discomfort and nausea I had after the procedure. I felt so great after my tummy tuck, breast lift and augmentation that I could have gone back to work after 4-5 days of rest! His office is immaculate and his office staff are top notch. I can go on and on and on. In fact, I would be willing to talk to you personally if you had any reservations about having the procedure I had or who to choose. He has my permission to give you my contact info.
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I was referred to Dr. Augenstein by one of his patients. I had a bad reaction to Juvederm that was given to me elsewhere. He saw me right away as a new patient and has been working with me weekly to correct it. He is very personable as well as his staff. Couldn't ask for a better doctor! Highly recommend!
Dr. Augenstein and his staff were wonderful. The office was beautiful and everyone was extremely friendly and approachable. I liked that he took the time to see what results I was looking for and really put me at ease because I was a little nervous!
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