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Tummy Tuck

Losing weight and giving birth can cause the skin around the stomach to droop and sag, which can negatively affect your appearance and self-esteem. 

An abdominoplasty by Dr. Bernard Kopchinski removes excess skin and other tissue in the midsection, giving you a slimmer and more toned frame.  

Why should you consider a tummy tuck at our San Antonio, TX, plastic surgery center?

How Abdominoplasty Can Help You

Undergoing a tummy tuck has many benefits for those who are self-conscious about their appearance after weight loss or giving birth:

A More Attractive Figure

Sagging skin can bulge and alter the overall shape of your figure. A tummy tuck removes the loose skin, improving your figure and allowing you to wear clothing that fits better.

Repaired Abdominal Muscles

Patients often have loose muscles that have separated from the abdominal wall following pregnancy. A tummy tuck can repair separated muscles and incorporate liposuction to give you the fit appearance you desire.

Better Overall Physique

A tummy tuck goes beyond just improving the look of your midsection. The results can complement your entire figure for an overall improved appearance.

A Boost in Self-Confidence

Excess belly skin, stubborn fat, and other post-pregnancy and post-weight loss issues are often a source of self-consciousness and poor body image. A tummy tuck can improve your self-esteem and help you feel much better about your appearance.

How the Procedure Works The Basics of Abdominoplasty

There are many misconceptions surrounding tummy tuck surgery and why it is performed. Here are the facts about this body contouring procedure:

Performed After Weight Loss

A tummy tuck is not a weight loss surgery. It is a body contouring procedure performed after losing a significant amount of weight. It is often done after bariatric surgery, healthy lifestyle changes, or childbirth.

Tightens Tissues

Gaining weight stretches skin out, and the skin doesn't always conform following weight loss. In some cases, surgery is the only solution. It can also repair separated muscles and remove unresponsive fat deposits.

Discreet Scarring

Dr. Kopchinski takes care to place the incisions in areas that can be easily concealed by underwear and swimwear. By following his post-op instructions, you can expect scars to fade significantly after surgery.

Speak with a Skilled Plastic Surgeon Request Your Consultation Today

If you are interested in reshaping your body, we invite you to request a consultation with us so we can create your custom treatment plan. Body contouring procedures like tummy tuck and liposuction can work wonders for your appearance and self-esteem and help you love the reflection in the mirror.

We ensure the highest quality of care and expertise throughout each stage of your abdominoplasty journey to turn your cosmetic goals into reality. To begin exploring your body contouring options, contact our plastic surgery office in San Antonio, TX, online or by calling:

(210) 255-1764

Dr. Bernard Kopchinski and the Prestige Cosmetic Surgery team
Dr. Bernard Kopchinski and the Prestige Cosmetic Surgery team can help you realize your goals.

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Nicole Rouse


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It has now been over 2 weeks and the results are amazing. My abdomen and waist just keep getting and better every day. Now that I have been though the trenches of recovery, I am 100% happy with the results. Dr. Kopchinski did a GREAT job. I am so very thankful!!

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Amy Daugherty


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His staff is amazing and sweet they will answer any questions no matter how silly you might think they are. Dr K even calls you himself the night after your surgery to check on you. Would highly recommend him to anyone and will be going back to him if I need anything else done.

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Concerned about the Cost? We Offer Financing Options

Are you interested in a tummy tuck to remove excess fat and slim your silhouette? Are you worried about the cost? We offer a range of financing options to help make treatment more affordable. We work with third-party companies such as CareCredit®, Prosper Healthcare Lending, and ALPHAEON® to give patients more flexibility and peace of mind.

Our team is happy to walk you through the process and answer any questions you may have. To get started, we encourage you to request a consultation online or call our San Antonio office at:

(210) 255-1764

5-Star Ratings from Real Patients


Sarah Chadwell


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Dr. Kopchinski and his staff are the most professional people in the business. Dr. K takes his time with each potential client to fully explain any questions you have and make you feel comfortable about any procedure. Many other doctors tend to rush you or tell you your questions can be answered from their website. He is detail oriented in his work, and his results are, therefore, phenomenal! I trust Prestige Cosmetics to take care of me.

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Sally Rogers


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Amazing staff and physician! They listen and are very in tune to your needs 24/7. Dr. K is always in good spirits and makes every visit feel personable. I have been very pleased with the work that Dr Kopchinski has done. Thanks to everyone in the office.

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The Abdominoplasty Treatment Process: A Timeline for the Procedure

To provide realistic expectations about the procedure and what it involves, we have provided a general treatment timeline. We can go over a more detailed breakdown of the procedure with you during a consultation at our San Antonio plastic surgery office. The surgery usually takes one to five hours and is performed at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital, which is just 15 minutes away from our office.

Initial Consultation

During your consultation, Dr. Kopchinski will examine your midsection and determine if an abdominoplasty or other body contouring surgery is right for you and your cosmetic goals. He can show you where the incisions will be, where the belly button will be located, and what to expect on the day of the procedure.
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To begin the abdominoplasty procedure, anesthesia is administered to ensure your comfort at all times. We offer both general anesthesia and IV sedation, and patients typically have no memory of the surgery. We use nerve blocks to help reduce postoperative pain, as well.
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A horizontal incision is created across the lower abdomen to access the tissue underneath. If muscles along the abdominal wall need to be tightened, a second incision may be needed.
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Removal and Tightening

Excess fat is carefully removed from the area. Liposuction may also be performed to get rid of unwanted pockets of fat. The skin is pulled down and any excess skin is trimmed. Our plastic surgeon will also create a new opening for the belly button. The area is then sutured into place.
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Patients will rest in a recovery room and can typically go home the same day. Once patients have fully recovered, they can expect to notice dramatic improvements in their body contours and self-esteem. With proper care, scars fade and can be easily covered by undergarments and bathing suits.
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An Actual Patient's Results

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After Tummy Tuck

What to Expect During Recovery 


Because we use a nerve block during surgery, patients should experience minimized pain and an easier recovery period. We can prescribe medication to aid in any discomfort. Swelling, bruising, and tenderness are to be expected during the first week, but this is normal and manageable.

Compression Garment

We will provide a compression garment to be worn for several weeks after your abdominoplasty. This helps your body adjust to the new contours of your midsection, keeps the blood flowing, and facilitates the healing process.


Patients will need a few weeks off from work and strenuous physical activity to heal. Side effects will improve steadily throughout the healing process. We typically encourage patients to take light, regular walks to improve blood circulation in the body.


Patients will periodically return to our San Antonio plastic surgery office for follow-up visits. These are essential because they allow us to monitor recovery and discuss any issues or concerns following the procedure. Dr. Kopchinski can also clear you for certain activities when the time is right.

Is a Tummy Tuck the Right Procedure for You? Contact Our San Antonio, TX, Plastic Surgeon to Find Out 

Dr. Kopchinski bases his practice on the motto "right patient, right time, right operation." If you've lost significant weight or given birth, there's a good chance your abdominal muscles and belly button are stretched and out of place. An abdominoplasty can reshape your belly button and give you a firmer midsection. After achieving life milestones like completing your family or reaching your ideal weight, a procedure from Dr. Kopchinski can be the perfect way to celebrate.

Request a consultation with our San Antonio, TX, plastic surgeon to discover if a tummy tuck is right for you or call:

(210) 255-1764

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Anissa Medrano


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Dr.K fit me into his busy schedule and is so positive and knowledgeable! Dr. K made me feel welcomed as well as his staff. Everytime I call they make me feel like a priority and I feel I made a great choice coming to him!

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Judy Rountree


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Dr. K is the absolute best for all your cosmetic procedures. He has a great bedside manner and really takes the time to listen to YOU! I LOVE my tummy and my breast reduction...you ROCK Dr. K!

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Maintaining Your Results

Eat a Healthy Diet

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A healthy diet of lean protein, leafy green vegetables, and other foods rich in nutrition will prevent you from gaining excess weight. Be sure to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Minimizing your consumption of sugary beverages will extend the benefits of your tummy tuck.

Exercise Regularly

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Regular exercise will keep you from gaining significant weight and developing excess skin. Combined with a healthy diet, low-impact exercises like walking will help you maintain an ideal weight and make the most of your results.

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Sarah Hobson


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What a fantastic experience! Dr. K and his staff are sweet, professional, walked me through every step of my procedure, and were so patient in answering all of my questions. For all of your plastic surgery needs, look no further! Dr. K is the best! My recovery time was minimal and I would not go anywhere else but to him.

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Mallory Jones


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This was my first surgical experience and Dr. K was nothing but professional and positive! Each appointment he made me feel so comfortable and important. He answered all of my questions and was always positive. He never rushed or made me feel like he didn’t have time for me. All of his staff are so wonderful! They welcome me so warmly each time I am there.

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Prestige Cosmetic Surgery

At Prestige Cosmetic Surgery in San Antonio, TX, board-certified plastic surgeon Bernard Kopchinski helps patients enhance their appearance through a variety of cosmetic procedures. Dr. Kopchinski is a member of several prestigious organizations, including:

  • The American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • The Texas Medical Association
  • The Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons

Initial consultations with Dr. Kopchinski are free of charge. To schedule a consultation, contact us online or call (210) 255-1764.

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