Tummy Tuck

Procedure, Recovery and Surgery with Ballantyne Plastic Surgery


Abdominoplasty Charlotte NCWhat is a Tummy Tuck?
An abdominoplasty or tummy tuck is a body contouring procedure that can remove extra skin and fat, and tighten the underlying muscles to achieve a flat and toned abdomen. Patients who benefit from a tummy tuck procedure are those who have had a pregnancy, significant weight fluctuations, prior surgery, or simply a loss of muscle tone due to aging or heredity.

Tummy Tuck Procedures

There are different types of abdominoplasty or tummy tuck procedures: the traditional tummy tuck, which addresses the entire abdomen and the mini-tummy tuck, which addresses the abdominal contour from the belly button down. During your consultation, Dr. Liszka will advise you on which procedure will provide the tummy tuck results you desire.

Tummy Tuck Recovery

This operation is done under general anesthesia and rarely requires an overnight stay. This procedure is frequently performed with other breast and body contour procedures. The recovery time for a tummy tuck is longer than liposuction because of tightening of the muscles. Most patients are able to return to work in 10 days to two weeks after receiving their tummy tuck procedure.

Tummy Tuck Benefits

While the tummy tuck procedure has obvious cosmetic benefits, there are other ways this can be of help to people. Below is a look at some of the additional benefits that come with a tummy tuck.

  • Improvement in posture
  • Prevent recurrence of ventral hernia
  • Stress urinary incontinence reduction
  • Higher tolerance for exercise
  • Reduction of back pain

After a tummy tuck, managing weight loss also becomes an easier task. Research has shown that tummy tuck patients prove to have a lower rate of weight gain following the procedure. It is findings like these that have prompted some insurance companies to cover the cost of a tummy tuck.

Tummy Tuck Essentials

Once you complete your tunny tuck, there will be a short period of recovery. In order to be prepared for this time of healing, there are some items that will alleviate the process. For the bathroom, a shower stool and toilet seat raiser will both come in handy. A pillow in the shape of a U makes sleeping much easier, as it props you up in a stable position. Those who are side sleepers can utilize a foam wedge to help them through the night. A heating pad will also be a source of comfort and using a grab-it tool will prevent having to reach for things and bring discomfort to the stomach region.

Why A Tummy Tuck Makes Sense

Sometimes, no matter how hard you work at it, excess skin will just not go away. Some people eat right and work out frequently, only to see that stubborn area of skin remain relatively the same. This can induce a very uncomfortable self-image. Some of it is even caused by genetics which makes removal a very difficult endeavor.

What To Expect After Your Tummy Tuck

An abdominoplasty or tummy tuck produces a scar that extends from one hip to the other. The scar is positioned to lie below the underwear line so it is usually concealed and fades over time. Like liposuction, a tummy tuck will provide long-lasting results in combination with a healthy lifestyle including a balanced diet and exercise. It is not a weight loss or obesity operation and patients with dramatic weight fluctuations should wait until their weight stabilizes to have the operation.

Once your tummy tuck is finished, the recovery process has some specifics of its own. Stitches will eventually dissolve on their own, so there is no need for a return visit to remove them. A fitted garment is recommended to be worn in order to help you heal correctly. There are also ways to outfit your home so that it meets your needs during postoperative care. Expect soreness for several weeks, but the rewards will last well beyond that short stretch of time. Dr. Liszka will make sure you are fully informed of how to recover from the procedure as well as the best ways to maintain your new look.

View Plastic Surgery Before and After Photos of Tummy Tuck and other Body Surgery Procedures performed by Dr. Liszka.

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Ballantyne Plastic Surgery
14135 Ballantyne Corporate Place, Suite 150
Charlotte, North Carolina 28277

March 18,2020

To Our Patients,

The Surgeon General, the CDC, the American College of Surgeons, and the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery have all recommended delaying or postponing elective surgery and medically non essential patient visits during the Covid 19 pandemic as we anticipate an unprecedented strain on our Healthcare System. The Novant Healthcare System has cancelled/rescheduled all elective operations beginning 3/18/2020. They have not given a date when they anticipate opening their operating rooms for elective surgery and we will be monitoring that closely. Also, the CDC and Federal Government have recommended limiting social interactions to try to slow the spread of disease. For that reason Ballantyne Plastic Surgery will be operating on an extremely limited basis for the next two weeks or longer and only be seeing patients for medically necessary reasons. This is defined as patients whose health would be negatively affected if they are not seen. This will apply mainly to patients in the early post operative period. As of March 18, 2020 the following applies to Ballantyne Plastic Surgery:

  1.  All elective surgery is being cancelled and will later be rescheduled when the  operating rooms are open for elective procedures. Every effort will be made to accommodate your scheduling desires.
  2.  All medically non-essential patient visits will be rescheduled for a minimum of 2 weeks or however long the CDC and other governing agencies deem essential to limit the spread of Covid 19. This includes:
          a. All new patient consults
          b. All dermal filler and neuromodulator (botox) patients
          c. All aesthetic services (laser, skin pen, peels, etc.)
          d. All long term post surgical follow up patients unless there is a problem requiring immediate intervention
  3. Dr Liszka will determine who will be seen during this time period and you will be notified as to your appointment date. You also may call the office to discuss whether you need to be seen during this time

All of us at Ballantyne Plastic Surgery are very sorry to have to implement the above protocol for our practice and the impact it makes on our patient’s schedule and lives. This is an unprecedented medical problem and requires extreme measures. We believe this is necessary and in the best interest of our patients, staff, community, and country.


Thomas G. Liszka, M.D.
Ballantyne Plastic Surgery
(704) 295-0777

Practice Policy Regarding Covid 19

Ballantyne Plastic Surgery is open for consultations, follow up appointments , and selected services. Our commitment to our patients is to provide excellent care in the safest possible environment. We have implemented protocols recommended by the CDC, North Carolina Medical Board, The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons regarding Covid 19 precautions. We are requiring all patients to wear a mask for admittance to our office, answer screening questions, and have their temperature checked. We are also timing appointments to allow for social distancing. We appreciate your trust and consider it a privilege to provide care for all your aesthetic needs. Please call for an appointment or if you have questions regarding our practice during these difficult times.