As of March, 2016 Dr. Bharti joins Hunstad Kortesis Plastic Surgery + MedSpa in Charlotte, NC. New and existing patients are welcome to call 704-659-9000 to set up consultations with Dr. Bharti's new office.
Case Study: Full Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
This patient was a 34 year old 5 foot 3 inch female that weighed 153lbs. She presented to Dr. Bharti after gastric bypass surgery where she had massive weight loss. In addition she carried two sets of twins! She was concerned about the excess skin and fat of her tummy and wished to get back a youthful figure. After multiple preoperative visits, she decided to have plastic surgery under the care of Dr. Gaurav Bharti. She elected to have a full tummy tuck procedure and a revision breast augmentation procedure at the same time.
She was taken to the operating room as an outpatient to undergo these procedures. This was performed under general anesthesia. During the tummy tuck procedure Dr. Bharti removed the excess skin and fat from the lower abdomen (pannus). A large amount of her stretch marks were removed that were present below her belly button. He also tightened her ab muscles (rectus abdominus muscles) using permanent plication sutures to narrow her waist and get rid of her abdominal buldge.
Once he finished these portions of the procedure he then flexed her bed to be able to perform closure of the incisions using all absorbable sutures. He then made a new opening for her belly button to be brought through. Following this, liposuction was performed on her flanks to further improve her contour. Temporary drains were placed to removed excess fluid, and these were removed at her one week follow up. She was admitted overnight to observe her and make sure her pain was controlled. The patient was then discharged home the following morning.
While recovering she had to wear compression garmets at all times on her tummy for a period of 6 weeks using an abdominal binder. She walked the night of surgery, but avoided any aggressive aerobic activity or heavy weight lifting for 4 weeks. In addition, for the first 1-2 weeks she had to walk around in a flexed position and she slept in a beach chair position.
Our patient is currently doing very well at three months post operative, and she is very happy with her results. Her results will continue to improve as she resumes an aggressive exercise regimen and follows a healthy diet. She will continue to follow up with Dr. Bharti to make sure she continues to be happy.
If you are interested in improving the contour of your tummy, feel free to contact our office to schedule your consultation today!