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 Of The Week: Tummy Tuck
This patient was a 34 year old 5 foot 6 inch female that weighed 158lbs. She had massive weight loss through diet and exercise. Her hard work and diligence payed off with her weight loss but she was left with excessive skin and fat of her abdomen. She decided to have plastic surgery under the care of Dr. Gaurav Bharti because she was very self conscious of her appearance both in and out of clothing and this affected her overall confidence. After multiple preoperative visits she decided to have a full abdominoplasty (tummy tuck).
She was taken to the operating room to undergoe this procedure. This was performed under general anesthesia. During this procedure Dr. Bharti removed the excess skin and fat from the lower abdomen (pannus). He also tightened her ab muscles (rectus abdominus muscles) using permanent plication sutures. This serves the purpose of narrowing the waste and getting 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. Liposuction was then performed of her flanks to further improve her contour. She had one drain that was left in position to remove excess fluid in the immediate healing period. Her drain was removed at her one week follow up. She was then admitted overnight to observe her and make sure her pain was controlled. Dr. Bharti saw her the night of surgery, and the following morning prior to her discharge home.
While recovering she had to wear compression at all times on her abdomen 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 2 weeks she had to walk around in a flexed position and she slept in a beach chair position.
She was seen for follow up at a number of visits after the surgery including: 1 week, 1 month, 3 months, and 6 months follow up. She has healed very well and she is thrilled with her result. We are very proud of her!