Tummy Tuck

Excess fat, loose skin, and stretch marks around your midsection can lower your self-esteem. 

Board-certified plastic surgeon Constance Barone can give you a toned and lean midsection with a tummy tuck, also called an abdominoplasty.

Ask our highly reviewed, award-winning doctor in San Antonio, TX, about awake tummy tucks.

Tummy Tuck Benefits 

Dr. Barone is proud to offer awake, or local, tummy tucks for the right candidates from our San Antonio plastic surgery office. These techniques allow the patient to recover more quickly and more comfortably than abdominoplasty performed with general anesthesia, and alleviate many of the symptoms typically associated with plastic surgery recovery. Additional benefits include:

Life-Changing Results

Our board-certified plastic surgeon can contour your body by tightening excess skin and repairing stretched abdominal muscles. The results will leave you with a shapelier, trimmer midsection. 

Effects You Can't Achieve on Your Own

Separated abdominal muscles, a common side effect of pregnancy, can be difficult or impossible to correct on your own. Tummy tuck surgery can address the root cause for immediate, lasting results.

Long-Lasting Changes

By adopting a healthy diet and committing to regular exercise, you can expect to enjoy the benefits of a tummy tuck for the rest of your life. 

Target Areas a Tummy Tuck Can Enhance

Separated Muscles

  • If your abdominal wall becomes loose or separated, it can appear uncontoured and protrude. Our San Antonio plastic surgeon can tighten the abdominal wall for a more flattering appearance. 

Excess Skin

  • This plastic surgery trims loose skin around the midsection, giving your tummy a leaner appearance after weight loss or pregnancy. 

Belly Button

  • During pregnancy and weight gain and loss, the belly button can be stretched and begin to look different. Dr. Barone can move and reshape the belly button so it's aesthetically pleasing and complements the midsection.

A Real Patient Case

A 39-year-old woman came to our San Antonio plastic surgery office to remove excess skin in her midsection and enhance the size of her breasts. Dr. Barone performed abdominoplasty and breast augmentation. Just four months later, the patient had healed beautifully and was thrilled with her results.


Americans underwent abdominoplasty
surgery in 2022.

It was also the third most popular plastic surgery procedure in 2022,
according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Types of Tummy Tucks  Available at Our San Antonio Office

Mini tummy tuck

Mini Tummy Tuck

This abdominoplasty technique uses the smallest incision for tummy tucks and is good for patients who have more minimal aesthetic concerns about their stomach. In a mini tummy tuck, changes are made in the abdomen below the belly button. A small portion of skin and fat is removed and the skin is tightened. 

Traditional tummy tuck

Traditional Tummy Tuck

This option is ideal for patients who have a larger amount of loose skin, such as patients who were left with excess tissue and stretched abdominal muscles after significant weight loss. An incision from hip bone to hip bone is typical for this type of tummy tuck, and the incision is discreetly done at the bikini line. 

Extended tummy tuck

Extended Tummy Tuck

The incision for this style of tummy tuck is nearly identical to the one used in a traditional tummy tuck. However, the incision goes slightly beyond the hip bones, allowing Dr. Barone to remove excess tissue on the flanks. This is an ideal option for patients who want to remove signs of a "muffin top." 

Minimize Your Risk by Choosing a Trusted, Experienced Surgeon

All plastic surgeries carry some degree of risk. Who you choose as a plastic surgeon plays a major role in your safety and how well you'll recover. Dr. Barone's history of performing successful surgeries has led major outlets like Good Morning America and Seventeen Magazine to seek her out for medical explanations. Her entire San Antonio team makes your health their top priority. 

Another major role in the success of your abdominoplasty is the state of your health. Tobacco use and chronic health conditions can inhibit your ability to heal properly. It is important that you are honest about your medical history during consultations with Dr. Barone. 

Patients Love Dr. Barone Kind Words from San Antonio Patients

"Dr. Barone is an exceptional surgeon. I trust her completely. I’ve had excellent results with each procedure. She surrounds herself with very caring & top of the line staff. My self confidence skyrockets every time I leave there. Thank you so much for what do you Dr. Barone. You are an angel on earth." Melinda Valdez, 5-Star Google Review

Covering the Cost of Treatment 

Dr. Barone believes plastic surgery should be accessible to all of our patients so she has competitive pricing. At times, she will have special rates for deals on certain procedures. 

In addition to accepting cash, checks, and most major credit cards, our San Antonio office partners with credit providers. Patients who are approved for financing through CareCredit® and Alphaeon can make a series of payments over months rather than all at once. 

While cost should always be considered when it comes to treatment, the benefits of a tummy tuck extend beyond a price tag. Feeling more secure in your body can boost your happiness and overall well-being. When undergoing body contouring from an accomplished plastic surgeon like Dr. Barone, you can be sure that you're investing in a professional who produces life-changing results.

"I’m SO thankful I went with her!" Hear from Our Patients


Joni Harrell

San Antonio TX


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Dr Barone and her staff are AMAZING! My results are phenomenal, and I’m so very pleased with how Dr Barone handled my very unique situation. She’s a 10 out of 10 for knowledge, expertise, bedside manner, and overall experience. I’m SO thankful I went with her as my surgeon! She’s absolutely amazing!

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Lance & Tobi Aguigui

San Antonio TX


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Dr. Berone and her team go above and beyond to ensure patient safety and satisfaction. With each visit, I’ve been so impressed with their care. I got a complete Mommy Makeover and am simply amazed at the thorough considerations made by Dr. Berone- She is a perfectionist. Thank you so much, Dr. Berone and Team!!!

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The Tummy Tuck Procedure 

For patients who meet the right qualifications, Dr. Barone can perform an awake tummy tuck using only local anesthetic. This technique allows patients to recover faster and alleviates many of the symptoms that usually come with recovering from cosmetic surgery.

When you undergo this procedure at her San Antonio office, it can take three to five hours, depending on the extent of treatment. It typically involves:

With decades of experience and state-of-the-art medical technology at her disposal, Dr. Barone can help craft a flatter, firmer, more beautiful abdominal area for you.
With decades of experience and state-of-the-art medical technology at her disposal, Dr. Barone can help craft a flatter, firmer, more beautiful abdominal area for you.

Surgical Prep

Before your surgery, Dr. Barone will mark your abdomen where incisions and lifting will occur. 


Anesthesia will be administered to keep you comfortable throughout your surgery. Depending on your needs, Dr. Barone will recommend either local anesthesia only or combine it with general anesthesia, in which case you will have no recollection of the surgery. 


The type of tummy tuck you choose will determine the length of your incision. In all cases, incisions are carefully placed so that any scarring is discreet and can easily be hidden.

Skin and Muscle Tightening

Excess skin tissue is removed while the underlying muscle tissues are tightened. In some cases, adjustments are also made to the belly button. 

Closing Incisions

At the end of your surgery, Dr. Barone will close your incision with sutures. Bandages are placed over the sutures to prevent infection and aid the recovery process. Dr. Barone offers drainless tummy tucks that avoid the discomfort of drains after surgery.

Questions about what to expect during tummy tuck surgery? 

The Tummy Tuck Recovery Process

To ensure a safe, quick, and comfortable recovery, Dr. Barone recommends the following: 


Once you return home after your surgery, you should spend the next few days resting. 

Wearing a Compression Garment

A compression garment can be worn to ease symptoms like swelling and to help your skin form to your new contours.

No Strenuous Activity

Heavy lifting and taxing exercises should be avoided for at least six weeks after your surgery. Dr. Barone will let you know when it's safe to return to exercise without restrictions. 


It is important to engage in light physical activity after your surgery to minimize the chance of blood clots forming. Walking is a perfect low-intensity exercise that will help you recover. 

Attending Follow-Ups at Dr. Barone's

To make sure your recovery is progressing properly, you should attend follow-up appointments at our San Antonio practice

Dr. Barone Keeps Scarring to a Minimum

We understand that you want your results to look as natural as possible, and that means keeping scarring to an absolute minimum. Thanks to Dr. Barone's refined techniques and her effective aftercare instructions, you can expect your scars to fade significantly as you heal. The incisions will be red for a few weeks after surgery, but they will eventually lighten. 

One of the best ways to make sure your scars fade as much as possible is to use ample sun protection. If you choose to wear clothing that will expose the area that was incised, be sure to apply a sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher.

As time goes by, if you notice skin laxity starting to make your scar more apparent, Dr. Barone offers ThermiTight® skin-tightening treatment. This technology uses radiofrequency to stimulate the production of collagen in the treatment area, tightening the skin and making scars less noticeable. 

Dr. Barone is just a phone call away if you have any questions about your aftercare, or if you notice changes years down the line that you would like to address.

Ask the Expert

If you have questions about tummy tuck surgery, we're ready to provide the answers. There is no better way to get the information you need than to consult an expert like Dr. Constance Barone in San Antonio. To request your consultation, please complete our online form or give us a call:

Combine a Tummy Tuck With Other Treatments for Maximum Enhancement

Many of our patients who are interested in a tummy tuck are mothers. After pregnancy, some women may find the changes to their bodies unflattering. If you're finished having children, Dr. Barone in San Antonio can combine your tummy tuck with other plastic surgeries to complete a mommy makeover. These personalized plans can target specific areas of the body, making them more flattering and more aligned with their pre-pregnancy appearance. 

Some body contouring procedures that may be included in your makeover include:

Breast Procedures

Age, pregnancy, and breastfeeding can change the shape of your breasts. Depending on the breast procedure you choose, Dr. Barone can enhance or reduce their size, or make them firmer, shapelier, and perkier.

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Combined with a tummy tuck, liposuction removes excess fat that can be difficult to reduce on your own, giving you an even more toned midsection. 

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Butt Lift

A butt lift restores volume to the rear end using your own excess tissue, making it firmer and shapelier.  This procedure can have a dramatic effect on the balance and proportions of your entire figure.

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Tracy Mercado

San Antonio TX


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I have to say that I absolutely happy with Dr. Barone and her staff. Her and her staff are amazing. Would and will go back to her again to get my thigh lift next year. Had an extened tummy tuck and very happy ... 5 stars all the way around

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Sandra Urrabazo

San Antonio TX


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There aren’t enough words to express how incredibly pleased I am with my results. Dr. Barone is an excellent surgeon and her staff is awesome! The overall experience far exceeded my expectations and I am extremely happy.

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Dr. Constance Barone

Dr. Constance Barone

Dr. Constance Barone in San Antonio, TX, and her team pride themselves in delivering safe, compassionate care tailored to your individual needs. She has been voted one of the Top Plastic Surgeons in America and her professional affiliations include:

  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery

To schedule a consultation and learn more about how Dr. Barone can help you achieve your aesthetic goals, contact our office online, or call (210) 614-0400.

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