Tummy Tuck in Chapel Hill

Tummy Tuck in Chapel Hill, NC with H/K/B Cosmetic Surgery

Belly fat – it’s a common nuisance! It not only affects our looks but is also one of the hardest types of fat to lose. Despite rigorous exercise and dieting, it often persists, which is quite frustrating.

Fortunately, tummy tucks can help remove this fat. An abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, is ideal for removing excess skin and fat, especially for women wanting their pre-pregnancy bodies. Regain your pre-motherhood figure. Wear clothes that enhance your femininity and confidence. Take the next step to restore your youthful appearance.

Our award-winning surgeons at H/K/B teach abdominoplasty to plastic surgeons from around the world. So, you can be assured they are well-versed in the most advanced – yet medically sound – techniques to ensure the best tummy tuck results and your safety and satisfaction. To learn more about tummy tuck surgery in Chapel Hill at H/K/B Cosmetic Surgery, complete our online form today to schedule a visit.

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What Can A Tummy Tuck Do For Me?

A tummy tuck can provide a leaner, more youthful appearance to your tummy and waistline. You can sit without the uncomfortable “belly roll,” and your clothes will fit better. Midriffs and bikinis will become part of your wardrobe again.

If you have stubborn excess skin and fat, an H/K/B plastic surgeon can help. We are renowned for our advanced facilities and proven techniques.

What Is A Drainless Tummy Tuck?

Typically, drains are inserted post-operatively to prevent fluid buildup between tissue layers after tummy tuck surgery. While necessary for years, drains can be cumbersome, messy, and awkward for patients to carry around for weeks. Now, with progressive tension sutures, patients can experience a drain-free recovery.

The innovative progressive tension suture technique uses dissolving stitches to close the gap between muscle and fascia, reducing the risk of seroma and other post-operative fluid issues. Studies show that patients with progressive tension sutures have a decreased risk of postoperative seroma after abdominoplasty. As pioneers in plastic surgery, we are proud to offer our patients a recovery without the anxiety of managing drains.

At H/K/B Cosmetic Surgery, we employ a technique that removes the space between the abdominal wall and the overlying fat and skin whenever possible. This absence of space means no place for fluid to collect, thus no need for drains. Although not all patients are ideal candidates for this approach, those who are can enjoy an easier recovery without the burden of drains.

Few practices offer a drainless tummy tuck. If you are interested in this procedure, come for an examination and consultation to learn if you can benefit from this innovative method while eliminating stubborn fat from the abdomen.

Your Tummy Tuck Consultation with
H/K/B Cosmetic Surgery

Abdominoplasty is an important decision that should not be taken lightly. When you come to one of our H/K/B locations, you will be treated to our professional staff and state-of-the-art facilities. You will be given a thorough physical examination and meet personally with your H/K/B plastic surgeon.

Your surgeon will discuss your decision for abdominoplasty, your desired outcome, and a reasonable result with your unique body type. They will explain the nuances of a tummy tuck, what to expect leading up to surgery, during surgery, and your recovery afterward. They will also explain the risks and the rewards, and will answer any questions and address any concerns, including whether you might be a candidate for a drain-free procedure with Progressive Tension Suturing. You will not be rushed and will have sufficient time to be fully informed.

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The H/K/B Way is a collaborative effort between all of our physicians and staff. Together, we are committed to providing our patients with state-of-the-art procedures, best-in-class surgical technology, and the most advanced methods for ensuring not just optimal results, but also optimal recovery periods.

What Can I Expect During A Tummy Tuck in Chapel Hill?

You must avoid blood thinners such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and Tylenol for two weeks before and after your tummy tuck procedure. Patients over 50 will need an EKG.

During surgery, excess fat and skin are removed from above the belly button to the pubic area. The incision usually extends from hipbone to hipbone but is placed low. Liposuction is applied to the abdomen, hips, and pubic area.

Muscles are repositioned for a flat, tight abdomen, enhancing the waistline and posture. Stretch marks can be removed or reduced and further treated with our ICON Laser, the FDA-approved stretch mark removal laser.

Abdominoplasty is an outpatient surgery at our state-of-the-art facility. For more invasive procedures, overnight stays in our accredited facilities are available with nursing staff certified in advanced cardiac life support, ensuring top care. If there is only abdominal fat without excess skin, liposuction alone may be sufficient. Consult our doctors for the best procedure for your desired results.

What Is A Mesh Abdominoplasty?

In rare cases, mesh is inserted during a tummy tuck to reinforce the stomach muscles. This is only indicated on occasion for those with a severe injury or defect in an abdominal muscle, those with significant laxity of the abdominal muscular wall, those who have experienced repeated abdominal muscle separation, or those who need a large hernia repair during their procedure.

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Picking The Best Plastic Surgeon For Your Chapel Hill Tummy Tuck

An accomplished plastic surgeon is vital for your desired outcome from a tummy tuck procedure. Your surgeon must have the right credentials and qualifications. Board certification, education, and satisfied patients are essential in picking the right candidate.

The support staff is also essential. They should be friendly, compassionate, professional, and dedicated. It is important that you feel comfortable with the entire team.

Research and meeting with the surgeon personally should be done with the utmost consideration. Check out the facility where the surgery will be performed as well. This is not a decision to be rushed or made haphazardly. Take your time to gather the necessary information.

Candidates For Tummy Tucks in Chapel Hill, NC

Surgery should be sought for your personal self-confidence and not for the reasons of another.

You should consider a tummy tuck if:

  • You have no health issues and are physically healthy
  • You have realistic expectation
  • You don’t smoke or are willing to quit
  • You feel uncomfortable with excess skin and stubborn fat in the abdominal area
  • You are frustrated with finding clothes to wear due to stubborn fat and excess skin in the abdominal area.

What Happens During Tummy Tuck Recovery?

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. With your case and the extent of your surgery, we can give you an estimate of your recovery time. Expect to be swollen and sore for at least a few days, but your surgeon will prescribe pain medication to make you comfortable during recovery.

Standing up straight will be a problem at first, but you should start walking as soon as possible to avoid blood clotting. Progressive Tension Suturing patients experience a better quality of life during recovery compared to patients with drains. A clinical study proved that patients who used Progressive Tension Suturing returned to a normal work schedule approximately three days sooner than those with drains. Although you might feel eager to resume heavy activity following your tummy tuck with Progressive Tension Suturing, please remember you just had a major surgery, and your body will need time to heal. Be sure to carefully follow your surgeon’s recovery instructions.

We will monitor your progress after your surgery, and give you detailed post-operative instructions to make your recovery as easy as possible. The results are long-lasting. It is possible to develop new fat, of course, but you can help maintain your slimmer contour with the preventative measures of healthy eating and regular exercise.

Tummy Tuck Cost & Financing

The cost of tummy tuck surgery is important to our patients at H/K/B. There is no set price for our customized approach as the cost is as unique as you. Your surgeon will devise a specific approach according to your desired result and unique anatomy. Cost and finance options will be discussed at your initial consultation.

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Ready to learn more about Tummy Tuck in Chapel Hill, NC? We are dedicated to guiding each individual through their unique journey by providing exceptional care in order to achieve exceptional results. Complete our form to receive more information and to schedule your consultation with one of our expert surgeons at H/K/B Cosmetic Surgery. 

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