Tummy Tuck Specialist

Providence Plastic Surgery

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery located in Charlotte, NC

If you’ve lost tone in your abdomen or want to achieve flatter, sleeker stomach contouring, you may want to consider a tummy tuck. Choosing a skilled practitioner is critical to achieving a good outcome, and Dr. Andrew Gear of Providence Plastic Surgery & Skin Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, has performed hundreds of tummy tucks, helping men and women feel great about their bodies. When you’re ready to learn more, schedule a consultation using the online tool, or reach out to the office by phone.

Tummy Tuck Q & A

What is a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure used to refine the shape and tone of your abdomen. Also known as an abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck involves work on several tissue types.

During your procedure, Dr. Gear removes excess fat cells to create a flatter end result. He also repairs any damaged or weakened abdominal muscles and removes any excess skin. The end result is a profile that is toned, smooth, and firm.

Why consider a tummy tuck?

For some men and women, no amount of diet and exercise will achieve a fully toned and flat stomach. Everyone carries weight differently, and some simply have more fat in their abdominal region.

Additional factors that contribute to your displeasure with your abdomen include:

  • Hereditary tendencies
  • Prior surgery
  • Aging
  • Weight fluctuations
  • Pregnancy

Many mothers pursue a tummy tuck as part of a “mommy makeover,” which combines multiple cosmetic surgery procedures to help you regain or even improve upon your pre-baby body.

Is a tummy tuck right for me?

Dr. Gear works with you to determine if a tummy tuck is the right treatment option to help you reach your goals.

If any of these conditions apply, you may not be an optimal candidate:

  • You smoke and are unable to quit.
  • You have not achieved a stable weight.
  • You’re planning to become pregnant.
  • You are far above a healthy weight for your height and frame.

Having realistic expectations is another important part of a successful procedure. A tummy tuck cannot alter your overall weight or address stretch marks or other skin issues.

What are the steps of a tummy tuck?

In general, the process begins with anesthesia to allow you to rest comfortably during the procedure. Once the site has been properly cleaned and prepared, Dr. Gear makes a horizontal incision just above your pubic hairline.

He repairs any muscle damage and removes excess fat deposits. In some cases, your belly button must be repositioned. The next step is to remove excess skin and stretch the remaining skin over the reshaped abdominal muscles. Sutures are placed to minimize visible scarring.

You may need to wear a compression garment to reduce swelling after your procedure, and surgical drains might remain in place for a few days. Dr. Gear will provide pain medications and antibiotics, as well as individualized recovery instructions.

If you’d like to learn more about what a tummy tuck can do to change the contours of your abdomen, book an appointment online or by phone.