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Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

Top-Rated Tummy Tuck Surgery In Charlotte

Charlotte 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 Tucks

    • 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 Tucks

    • 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.

Tummy Tuck Frequently Asked Questions

What Does A Tummy Tuck Cost in Charlotte?

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.

When Is The Best Time To Get a Tummy Tuck?

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.

Should I Combine Procedures?

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 in Charlotte.”

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From Our Clients

Nov 1, 2019
Amazing experience.

Dr. Augenstein was awesome! He helped put my mind at ease in deciding to move forward with the rhinoplasty. 3 months out, and I'm so happy I made that decision, and happy Dr. Augenstein was the one performing the surgery.

Oct 30, 2019
The best!!

The entire staff makes you feel like family. Dr. Augenstein has a way about him that makes you feel completely comfortable. In addition, he listens to your concerns and makes you feel like you’re his only patient. I’m extremely satisfied with everything he has done for me! You can’t go wrong if you choose this practice.

Aug 28, 2019
It was with Dr. Augenstein that I found a match.

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.

Thank you "C.C." for your incredibly kind words!

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  • Amanda H.
    Amanda H.
    2018-10-25
    Google

    A life enhancing experience and transformation into being the most comfortable I've ever been in my own skin! I wasn't unhappy with my body pre surgery, I stay fit and eat healthy. My body fat stays very low and with that, came very small breasts. I wanted natural looking results and that's exactly what I received. Dr. Augenstein streamlined his focus on my individual and unique expectations. He helped me achieve my ideal body image. I feel comfortable and confident with the level of knowledge his staff possesses. The facility is brand new with state of the art equipment. I will do business with Dr Augentein in the future. Amanda

  • Kimberly F.
    Kimberly F.
    2018-07-07
    Yelp

    Dr. A is the best! I have a friend who highly recommended Dr. Augenstein and his practice. I felt completely comfortable discussing my concerns and what options I had to improve my body/self esteem. He took a lot of time explaining what he could do for me and made sure I didn't have any questions. The follow up to establish size, instructions, and answer any other questions was just as good as the consult. He was very informative and there is NO PRESSURE to even proceed with surgery. He wants what is best for his patients and my result is simply amazing. I am so happy with my decision to have the procedure done. He has been there for me even afterwards for any question I have. Please do your research before picking somewhere. Dr. A is the real deal!!!! And I can't forget to give a shout out the Jane and Jamie. The staff is top notch!!!! Thank you so much!!!

  • Ann D.
    Ann D.
    2019-10-10
    Yelp

    Dr. Augenstein is truly the God of Breasts and plastic surgery in general. For years I was told by other plastic surgeons that I needed a breast reduction to get the look I wanted. One consultation with Dr. Augenstein, it was clearly explained that a different approach was needed for my issue. He demonstrated the reasons that I needed more of a lift vs a reduction. Plus, the price quoted for doing a complete mommy makeover, including liposuction with Dr. A was about the same price I was quoted for a simple breast reduction at other area providers. My results are to die for! My breasts didn't look this good during my teens years! They are perky and look like something you would see on a model. No implants used! I'm in my mid 40's and I can honestly say my breasts look better than 90% of the girls in their 20's, while still looking natural! I'm still waiting to see the end result of my tummy tuck and Lipo. It takes around 6 months to see the end result due to swelling. However, my husband and my mother are already impressed. I can see a big difference at 7 days post op! I will be using him for my Botox injections from now on as well. You can tell that he has an artistic vision when he works on you, as plastic surgery should be a mix of art and medicine.

  • 2019-08-15
    Google

    Dr. Augenstein is just simply amazing. He was very personable, funny, and of course an amazing aesthetic surgeon. So happy I found him! Jane, his aesthetician is fantastic! I had the best afternoon with her. They are both so caring and they genuinely listen to what you want. I found my spot from here on out! Couldn’t have asked for a better experience!

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