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Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)


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Tummy Tuck in Baton Rouge, LA

Tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) is the most effective way to reduce loose abdominal skin and stubborn fat deposits and tighten core muscles to achieve dramatic waist contouring results.

This procedure can be customized for each patient and is ideal for women who have experienced one or more pregnancies and those who have lost considerable weight.

Dr. Mary “Misty” Ghere is a board-certified plastic surgeon and master of tummy tuck techniques in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, offering several tummy tuck options and combination procedures.


Plastic surgery can restore you, or transform you.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Abdominoplasty?

Tummy tuck surgery may be the perfect solution for anyone with loose abdominal skin and muscles with or without diet and exercise-resistant fat deposits.

Candidates for surgery should meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be a non-smoker or willing to abstain from nicotine products four weeks before and after surgery
  • Be able to understand and comply with all pre and post-operative instructions.
  • Be at or near a healthy and stable weight with no recent fluctuations
  • Be in a good state of mind with no serious mental health issues
  • Have realistic expectations of their abdominoplasty results

To learn if you are a suitable candidate for tummy tuck surgery with our Baton Rouge specialist, schedule an in-depth consultation by calling (225) 412-4774.

What Are the Reasons to Undergo a Tummy Tuck?

Abdominoplasty reshapes the midsection for a smoother, slimmer, and more fit appearance by removing excess, loose skin around the waist and tightening the core abdominal muscles.

These concerns are often caused by the following:

  • Bariatric surgery
  • Significant natural weight loss
  • Pregnancy
  • Aging

Anyone unhappy with the adverse effects that weight fluctuations or pregnancy have had on their midsection may benefit from a tummy tuck.

Exercise and a healthy diet alone cannot typically address sagging skin or separated abdominal muscles. However, once your weight is stable, abdominoplasty can add the final touches to your body.

What Are My Tummy Tuck Options?

There are varying degrees of abdominoplasty surgery, depending on the extent of excess skin, fat, and muscle separation.

Traditional Tummy Tuck

A standard tummy tuck is comprehensive and may require the incision to stretch across the entire lower abdomen (from hip to hip) so localized fat can be removed and underlying muscles tightened.

Mini Tummy Tuck

A mini tummy tuck is less invasive and uses a shorter incision than a full tummy tuck. However, this approach can still effectively smooth and re-contour the abdominal area for patients with smaller amounts of loose skin and mild muscle laxity in the lower abdomen.

Both of these options are personalized to meet your specific needs and goals.

How Is Tummy Tuck Surgery Done?

During your consultation, Dr. Ghere will listen to your cosmetic concerns, review your medical history, examine your midsection, and recommend the best techniques to help you achieve your goals.

Dr. Ghere will explain how each tummy tuck option is performed and what to expect before, during, and after your surgery. During a tummy tuck:

  1. General anesthesia is administered.
  2. Dr. Ghere will make an incision above your pubic area.
  3. Excess fat is removed.
  4. Liposuction may be used to suction away more stubborn fat and improve definition.
  5. Weakened or separated abdominal muscles are tightened and brought back together.
  6. Excess skin is tightened and trimmed.
  7. Incisions are methodically closed.

Should I Combine My Tummy Tuck With Liposuction?

When liposuction is combined with tummy tuck surgery, you can achieve more naturally defined and appealing contours for a toned waist and belly.


What Should I Expect for Tummy Tuck Recovery?

Most tummy tuck patients with jobs that are not physically demanding can return to work within one to two weeks. Avoid strenuous activities until cleared by Dr. Ghere.

You will be provided detailed instructions that must be followed closely to ensure the most comfortable, complication-free, and speedy recovery possible. This compliance is also essential for the best results.

These instructions will explain how to manage discomfort, minimize swelling and bruising, care for your incisions, and recognize signs of infection or complications.

If you have temporary drainage tubes, directions for these will also be included.

What Will My Tummy Tuck Results Be Like?

Once most of the swelling subsides, you will see a noticeable difference, but it will take a month or more before you can fully appreciate your slimmer, sleeker, smoother physique.

With the proper diet and exercise, your final results should be outstanding!

Tummy Tuck FAQ

  • What if I have children after my tummy tuck?

    It’s best to undergo a tummy tuck after your final pregnancy, but life happens! Your procedure will not interfere with a subsequent pregnancy, but your results will be affected to some degree.

  • Can a tummy tuck improve the appearance of my navel?

    Yes. The appearance of the belly button is often addressed and improved during a tummy tuck.

  • What are the potential complications associated with tummy tuck surgery?

    All surgeries carry risks. The most common risks associated with tummy tuck surgery are bleeding and infection, although this is dramatically reduced with a professional surgeon like Dr. Ghere. Other rare complications include seromas and poor wound healing.

  • Can men benefit from a tummy tuck?

    With the advent of more masculinization procedures in the cosmetic world, more men can experience the benefits of plastic surgeries. Male abdominoplasty usually emphasizes the underlying muscle tone of the abs and works to make a chiseled and athletic appearance.

  • What other surgeries can be combined with a tummy tuck?

    Tummy tuck surgery is often combined with the following procedures for a Mommy Makeover:

    Arm lift surgery is another popular option to add to abdominoplasty. This procedure reduces the extra skin and fat on the upper arms that form hanging “flaps” or “wings.”

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Interested in Tummy Tuck Surgery in Baton Rouge, LA?

Dr. Ghere is a top plastic surgeon who performs tummy tuck surgery in Baton Rouge and is committed to providing high-quality care and excellent results. Contact Dr. Ghere by calling (225) 412-4774 to learn more about tummy tucks or other cosmetic procedures that might be right for you.

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Mary Ghere, MD

Weiler Plastic Surgery

4212 Bluebonnet Blvd., Suite A
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Phone: 225-399-0001

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