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Tummy Tuck
Charlotte, NC

Abdominoplasty, commonly known as a tummy tuck in Charlotte, is a routine procedure, performed on both women and men. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reports that nearly 130,00 tummy tuck procedures were performed in the U.S. in a recent year.

Stretched muscles, loose, hanging skin, and stretch marks are common aesthetic problems associated with pregnancy, significant weight loss, and aging. Dr. Joel Beck at Beck Plastic Surgery can perform a tummy tuck in Charlotte, NC to tighten, firm, and flatten the abdomen for a more youthful, aesthetically pleasing appearance.

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What Can I Expect with Tummy Tuck Surgery?

Your tummy tuck surgery will take place at our state-of-the-art surgery center, a premier outpatient facility in a peaceful, private setting. It is equipped with advanced diagnostics and surgical equipment, and cutting-edge technology and software. Surgical suites, recovery areas, and waiting rooms have all designed with your health, safety in comfort in mind.

Custom Tummy Tuck in Charlotte, NC

Dr. Beck tailors each tummy tuck procedure to meet the individual patient’s needs. A surgical tummy tuck may be performed in combination with liposuction to remove excess fat in the waist, flanks, and lower torso.

Mini-Tummy Tuck

A mini-tummy tuck may be recommended for patients with abdominal bulging mainly below the navel. This procedure involves an incision placed discretely in the bikini line and easily hidden with underwear and clothing. It can be performed in approximately one to two hours with minimal scarring and a quicker, easier recovery.

Full Tummy Tuck

A full tummy tuck, recommended for patients with moderate to severe abdominal bulging, is performed under general anesthesia and may take up to five hours. In this procedure, Dr. Beck makes an incision from hip to hip along the pubic hair line, strategically placed to be undetectable in a bikini. Through this incision, he tightens and repairs sagging or separated abdominal muscles, and removes excess fat and skin from the mid and lower areas of the abdomen.

Incisions are skillfully closed with sutures for less visible scarring. After surgery, you may have drains to remove excess fluids and be asked to wear a compression garment to reduce swelling and help the skin adhere to your new flatter, firmer, tighter belly.

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Benefits of a Tummy Tuck

Tummy tuck in Charlotte, NC is a popular procedure, performed alone or as part of a mommy makeover. This procedure has medical and cosmetic benefits. A tummy tuck can:

  • Tighten, tone, flatten, and trim the abdomen
  • Enhance body appeal and improve self-confidence
  • Improve the fit of clothing
  • Enhance the lines of the silhouette
  • Improve abdominal tone and posture

Am I a Good Candidate for Tummy Tuck?

Our Charlotte tummy tuck surgery can benefit patients of both sexes who have weak abdominal muscles and bulging bellies that do not respond to diet and exercise. You may be a good candidate for a tummy tuck in Charlotte, NC if you:

  • Are in good general health
  • Have reasonable expectations
  • Have tried and failed to firm your midsection with diet and exercise
  • Do not plan to lose a significant amount of weight
  • Do not plan to become pregnant in the future
  • Have a bulging belly that has developed with age
  • Have weak or separated abdominal muscles, loose, hanging skin around the midsection, and stretch marks after pregnancy and childbirth
  • Have loose skin, stretch marks, and weakened muscles in the abdomen after significant weight loss

To find out if you are a good candidate for a tummy tuck procedure, schedule a consultation at Beck Plastic Surgery. After discussing your medical history and aesthetic goals and evaluating your anatomy, we can advise you if you are a good candidate for a tummy tuck or other body-enhancing procedure. Schedule a consultation for one of the best tummy tucks Charlotte, NC has to offer.

What should I expect during the initial recovery?

There are a few stages to expect during recovery from a tummy tuck. During the initial recovery period you can expect swelling and bruising and some discomfort. The swelling is managed with drainage tubes that will allow any fluid build up to exit your body and aid in the healing process. Swelling is managed by wearing a compression garment that supports the abdomen as it heals, helping it to take on its new, sculpted, tauter shape. Most bruising and swelling will disappear within three to four weeks.


When will I be able to exercise again after surgery?

Any exercise or strenuous activity must be avoided for at least the first six weeks. A follow-up appointment will be scheduled with Dr. Beck who will evaluate your condition and let you know when you can safely resume your exercise program. The priority is your health. It takes time before the incisions can endure any physical stress. Heavy lifting or exercise can put stress on the incisions and may compromise your results, so take the time to relax and take it easy during the first six weeks and gradually increase your level of activity, guided by our plastic surgeon.


What can I do to ensure that healing goes smoothly?

Things that you can do to help with the healing process include:

  • Going on short walks without much elevation and increasing the length of those walks as you heal. This helps to increase your circulation to reduce the risk of blood clots and help drain fluid.
  • Drinking plenty of water, as this can help to keep your body healthy as you heal.
  • Getting lots of rest so that the stress on your body is reduced, allowing more of your energy to be spent on healing.
  • Avoiding any physical strain on the incisions, including lifting children and pets!

What kind of post-op care instructions should I expect?

You will be sent home with full written aftercare instructions which must be followed to reduce the risk of complications. Discomfort and any pain can be managed with pain medication prescribed by Dr. Beck. You will have aftercare instructions to care for any drainage tubes, which are removed within seven to fourteen days, based upon the healing process in your case. Take all prescribed medications as directed, including the full course of antibiotics. At Beck Plastic Surgery in Charlotte, our team is always available to answer any questions or concerns that arise during your recovery.


How much does a tummy tuck cost?

A tummy tuck can range in price based on the extent of the surgery. Some people may require a larger scale procedure where others may be candidates for a mini tummy tuck. The hours required and the fees for the anesthesia as well as other costs all figure into the final cost. The average cost of a mini tummy tuck is between $8,000 to $12,000 but varies, patient to patient. For a more extensive tummy tuck, the cost be as much as $20,000. Only a private consultation can reveal what will be needed in your individual case.

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