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Tummy Tuck Surgery

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

A tummy tuck from board-certified plastic surgeon Constance Barone can give you a toned and lean midsection.

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. These techniques allow the patient to recover more quickly and more comfortably than 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. 

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 compliments the midsection. 

Types of Tummy Tucks 

Mini Tummy Tuck

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This 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

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This option is ideal for patients who have a significant amount of loose skin they want to remove. For example, patients who have lost a great deal of weight and are left with excess tissue and stretched abdominal muscles. 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

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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." 

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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 plastic surgery. When you undergo this procedure at her San Antonio office, you can expect to experience:

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 tissue is 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 incisions with sutures. Bandages are placed over the sutures to prevent infection and aid the recovery process. 
Questions about what to expect during tummy tuck surgery? 

The Tummy Tuck Recovery Process

In order to ensure a safe, quick, and comfortable recovery, Dr. Barone recommends the following: 


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

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. 

Attend 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

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 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 procedures that may be included in your makeover include:

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Age, pregnancy, and breastfeeding can change the shape of your breast. 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

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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.

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 a tummy tuck from an accomplished plastic surgeon like Dr. Barone, you can be sure that you're investing in a professional who produces life-changing results


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 tummy tuck 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. 

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Mi experiencia con la Dra. Constance Barone ha sido una excelente. Cumplió con todas las expectativas que buscaba en una operación de aumento de seno. Todo el personal es excelente. Gracias!!!

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I had the greatest surgical experience with Dr. Barone. Shes a beautiful lady inside and out. She eased my worries immediately with her expertise and caring nature. I will definatley refer her recommend her and I will be returning, hopefully sooner than later.

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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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