Tucking Away Stubborn Belly Fat

tummy tuck

Are you tired of stubborn belly fat? If diet and exercise just don’t seem to be working, you may be the perfect candidate for a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). The team of experts at Winston Salem Dermatology and Surgery Center have perfected this procedure to help you attain a flat, well-tone abdomen.

What Happens During Tummy Tuck Surgery?

During a tummy tuck surgery procedure, the excess skin and fat are removed from the abdomen, the tissue is tightened, and the remaining skin is repositioned to create a more toned look.

During the procedure, you will be put to sleep with general anesthesia. An incision will be made at the bottom of the skin that covers the abdominal wall. The incision will be closed with sutures. So, there is some downtime involved with this recovery because of how invasive the surgery is.

The entire tummy tuck is done in one procedure. The surgery usually takes about two to three hours.

Why Are Tummy Tucks Done?

There are several things that can lead to excess fat around the abdomen. Significant changes in weight, pregnancy, abdominal surgery, and aging are just many of the reasons that can lead to poor elasticity or weakened connective tissues in the abdomen.

A tummy tuck procedure isn’t for everyone. Let your doctor know if you:

  • Plan on losing a significant amount of weight
  • Want to get pregnant in the future
  • Have a chronic condition like heart disease or diabetes
  • Have a body mass index that is greater than 30
  • Are a smoker
  • Had a previous abdominal surgery that caused significant scar tissue

Types of Tummy Tuck Procedures

If you previously had a C-section, your surgeon may be able to incorporate your existing C-section scar into your tummy tuck scar. A tummy tuck can also be done with a combination of other body contouring cosmetic procedures, such as breast surgery.

There are variations to the tummy tuck procedure:

Standard Tummy Tuck

  • This procedure is usually done for someone that has sagging skin related to pregnancy and weight loss
  • Excess fat and skin are removed from the abdomen
  • Weakened or separated muscles are tightened above and below the belly button
  • The scar with this surgery is horizontal


  • Skin is removed below the belly button
  • This procedure tightens the weakened muscles that are in this area below the belly button
  • The scar is horizontal with this surgery


  • This procedure combines a tummy tuck with liposuction to achieve the best results possible
  • Liposuction is performed in the upper abdomen and flanks during the tummy tuck procedure
  • This procedure tightens muscles, removes excess and sagging skin while also removing fat

Extended Abdominoplasty

  • This surgery is usually performed after a massive weight loss
  • The procedure addresses the excess skin and fat above the belly button
  • The scar for this surgery is vertical and horizontal

What Results Can I Expect with a Tummy Tuck?

You’ll see significant results for a tummy tuck before and after surgery. Your once sagging skin will be more toned. And your abdominal wall will be more stable and stronger. A tummy tuck is considered to be a permanent procedure. However, the results can change if there is a big fluctuation in your weight or if you become pregnant again, which will cause the area to stretch out again.

What is the Tummy Tuck Recovery Like?

Because a tummy tuck is an invasive procedure, it will take about six weeks to recover.

Here’s how recovery may look:

When you first wake up from the procedure, your incision will be covered in a surgical dressing that you will need to change several times. You will also have a compression garment that will need to be worn.

Within the first day, you will need assistance walking. It’s important you move around to prevent blood clots. You may also have to take prescription pain relievers and antibiotics to help ease any pain and help reduce the risk of infection.

During the six weeks of recovery, you will need to avoid positions that include extending your abdomen or bending it backward. You will also want to avoid putting too much tension on the incision. You’ll want to make sure you hold off on any strenuous physical activity or exercise until you get approval from your doctor.

During the healing process, you will have several follow-up appointments with your doctor to make sure your incision is healing properly.

Stop Stubborn Belly Fat with a Tummy Tuck at Winston Salem Dermatology

Let us help you reach your body goals! If you’re fed up with stubborn belly fat, we can help. Let us take care of your sagging skin and permanently tighten your abdomen. The Triad’s preferred dermatology and cosmetic enhancement team will answer any questions you have about a tummy tuck. Let us take a look at your problem area and see what surgery is best for you. Call us today at (336) 774-8636.