Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
ENHANCE YOUR BODYSchedule A Consultation
Tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) is performed to correct a loose or weakened abdominal wall as well as excess abdominal skin and fat. After pregnancy, significant weight loss, or natural aging, even those who exercise may experience stubborn fat deposits and loose skin that just won’t snap back in place. Abdominoplasty is designed to flatten the abdomen for a slender and lean appearance as well as a more toned midsection.
Dr. Ghere has dedicated her life’s work to mastering tummy tuck techniques, offering skilled and qualified care to those in need of abdominal reconstruction and restoration. During your consultation, Dr. Ghere will evaluate your concerns, expectations, and desired results to determine the best technique to meet your needs.
Am I a Candidate for Tummy Tuck Surgery?
Tummy tuck surgery is a reconstructive and restorative process that can be of particular help to women who have experienced pregnancy, significant weight loss, or aging that has affected their midsection. This is because abdominoplasty specifically repositions the abdominal wall and restores the strength of muscles that may have stretched during childbearing, weight gain, and aging. It also eliminates excess tissue that develops due to the abdomen stretching in these cases.
Working out and starting a new exercise and diet routine can be extremely beneficial to a woman’s health and help her reach her goal weight, but weight loss can result in undesirable loose or lax skin tissue around the midsection. Women are often good candidates for tummy tuck surgery if they can’t find progress tightening their stomach area with exercise and diet alone.
Women’s bodies change with pregnancy and weight loss, but aging can also have unwanted effects on the midsection. Good candidates for tummy tuck surgery are women who may be suffering from signs of aging, such as a loss of collagen and elasticity in the skin. Candidates for tummy tuck surgery may also experience age-related muscle laxity.
How Is Tummy Tuck Surgery Done?
Tummy tuck surgery is performed using general anesthesia. Once maximum comfort has been achieved through sedation, one of several incision techniques is used depending on the severity of the skin and muscle laxity and fat deposits being addressed. All tummy tuck techniques require an incision in the pubic area, although the size of the incision may vary.
Mini Tummy Tuck
A patient with mild skin and muscle laxity in the lower abdomen may benefit from a mini tummy tuck. This technique is less invasive and uses a short incision but is still effective at tightening the lower abdominal area.
Traditional Tummy Tuck
For a traditional tummy tuck, the incision may go across the pubic area from hip bone to hip bone. Once this incision is made, the underlying muscles are tightened and localized fat is dislodged and removed. Lastly, the skin is draped over the newly tightened contours, and excess is removed. Then, incisions are closed with sutures.
Combining With Liposuction
If necessary, tummy tuck surgery can be combined with liposuction, which provides a considerably more visible result to your more toned midsection. This occurs because liposuction is able to eliminate pockets of fat and allow the more defined structures beneath to show through.
What Should I Expect for Tummy Tuck Recovery?
Most patients return to work within one week, but more strenuous activities are not recommended until express directions from Dr. Ghere have been given that this is safe. You will be given tailored instructions for your recovery process based on the extent of your procedure. The instructions may cover pain management, how often to wear a compression garment, how to safely care for your incisions and temporary drainage tubes, and how to minimize swelling, bruising, and discomfort.
What Will My Tummy Tuck Results Be Like?
After your body fully heals from swelling and bruising, your midsection contours and abdominal area will have a more youthful and slender appearance. Your results will become more prominent as time goes on and your body adjusts to the changes in your abdominal area. A slimmer, sleeker, and more firm physique will be uncovered.
Frequently Asked Questions About Tummy Tuck
What if I have children after my tummy tuck?
Post-pregnancy figures are usually one of the main reasons tummy tuck surgeries are sought after. By having another pregnancy after your procedure, it is likely that you will reverse the results or alter the quality of your tummy tuck. Surgery does not prevent you from having children in the future; however, it is recommended that you have all your children before planning to undergo a tummy tuck treatment.
Can a tummy tuck improve the appearance of my navel?
During a tummy tuck, the shape and position of the navel can be made to appear more natural and attractive. This can help women who have experienced a shift or warped navel appearance caused by childbirth or major weight loss.
What are the potential complications associated with tummy tuck surgery?
All surgeries carry risks. The most common risks found 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 have the opportunity to experience the benefits of surgeries that can be performed on any gender. 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 patients may experience benefits from arm lift surgery to reduce extra skin and fat that may have developed in the arms. Old age, weight loss, and pregnancy can all be factors in changing this area, with cosmetic concerns often characterized as “flaps” or “wings” that form under the arm.
Schedule A Consultation
Have additional questions about the tummy tuck procedure?
Interested in Tummy Tuck Surgery in Baton Rouge, LA?
Dr. Ghere is a top plastic surgeon dedicated to giving her patients the results they deserve. Contact Dr. Ghere to see if tummy tuck or any other procedures might be right for you. Schedule an appointment by calling (225) 412-4774 or by filling out our online contact form.