Tummy Tuck Overview
A tummy tuck is a body contouring procedure that improves the appearance of the lower abdomen by removing excess skin and fat, which treats the stubborn “pooch” that is sometimes hard to get rid of. Offered by our New Orleans plastic surgeons it is a highly sought after procedure for women following pregnancy, as well as individuals who have lost a significant amount of weight. This procedure uses liposuction to remove isolated pockets of fat, and then trims away loose and wrinkled skin in the abdominal area. The internal abdominal wall muscles are tightened to give patients a toned, flat tummy. Our New Orleans plastic surgeons recommend that patients be at or near a healthy weight before considering this surgery.
Tummy Tuck Reviews
"Dr. David Jansen is an awesome doctor. He provides adequate information before, during, and after surgery. The results of my liposuction and abdominoplasty was absolutely amazing!!! Thanks Dr. Jansen for creating a better me."- S.P. / Vitals / May 30, 2008
"Bringing Sexy Back - From Breast Cancer To Reconstruction To Tummy Tuck - New Orleans, LA - I can't say enough nice things about Dr Jansen or his staff. He gave me my life back."- V. / RealSelf / Aug 24, 2012
"Great TT and Lipo - Metairie, LA - Because he is the best!! Dr, Jansen performed a tummy tuck with liposuction, the results have been life changing. He is a experienced skilled doctor who is dedicated to giving you what you truly desrve. Love Ya Doc!!! Oh, and the nurses are awesome too!!!"- N. / RealSelf / Nov 13, 2012
"How my Hysterectomy Will End with a Tummy Tuck - Thibodaux, LA - David A. Jansen, MD was my first choice and thankfully my insurance approved him. He's one of the top plastic surgeons in Louisiana and he's earned my trust. My issues are a little different than those who just want to look better. I got horrible rashes when I exercise or just sweat for too long in the Louisiana heat. I had to have a hysterectomy with urology repairs, and my surgeon advised me to contact a PS when he saw the rash under my Pannus (mommy apron of fat). Dr. Jansen evaluated me and submitted a letter to my insurance to get the panniculectomy approved. He also quoted how much it would be to have the muscles tightened and skin manipulated to create a flatter waistline. Thankfully the other surgeries covered most of the expense, so I was happy to come up with the difference. He did a great job, I look so much slimmer! I'm super happy with his work! Thanks Dr. Jansen, and a special thanks to Jenny and Debbie who went above and beyond to get my clearance letter from my primary care and was there to relay messages between me and Dr. Jansen. You are a credit to your profession, all of you."- R. / RealSelf / Sep 08, 2016
"How my Hysterectomy Will End with a Tummy Tuck - Thibodaux, LA - I'm 45 with three children, two born C-section. The skin of my belly and pons pubis (the area of fatty tissue above my vagina) were stretched badly during the C-section. For the last 15+ years I've hated my belly, it hangs over and makes me self conscious, but even worse was the pons pubis. It is a badge of honor my ex-husband said, it doesn't bother me. I learned to live with it. The last few..."- R. / RealSelf / Sep 08, 2016
Full Tummy Tuck
A traditional (full) tummy tuck is suitable for both men and women who have a moderate amount of excess skin in their midsection. It is commonly performed on women post-pregnancy. During this surgery, the incision extends from hipbone to hipbone, which grants the surgeon access to a greater portion of the internal structures. Liposuction is used to remove fat and the abdominal muscles are pulled and tightly secured. The belly button is usually repositioned for natural placement.
Mini Tummy Tuck
Individuals who are in relatively good shape but desire a flatter tummy may be good candidates for a mini tummy tuck (known as a “Brazilian tummy tuck”). These patients have loose abdominal fascia, but the muscles aren’t stretched to the point where a full tummy tuck is necessary. During surgery, a smaller incision is made along the lower abdomen, liposuction is used to remove excess fat, and the remaining skin is pulled tight. The belly button is not affected by this surgery.
Extended Tummy Tuck
The extended tummy tuck is reserved for patients who require major skin tightening and body contouring following a major weight loss. The extended tummy tuck requires a longer incision that extends beyond the hips, as well as another one around the navel. Liposuction is used and the excess skin is trimmed away and tightened. The belly button is repositioned during this surgery.
Tummy Tuck During/After Surgery
A tummy tuck is performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility and typically takes around 2 hours to complete. It is considered an outpatient procedure. After surgery, patients will wear a compression garment and will need to rest for the first 48 hours. They should make a concerted effort to move around in order to help promote blood circulation, but should only attempt to initially stand at a 45-degree angle to protect the incision. Pain medication will be provided to help with post-operative pain. Clearance to resume exercise is usually given around 4-6 weeks.
Extended Tummy Tuck
The price for abdominoplasty will vary depending on the technique used, the patient’s condition and aesthetic goals, as well as other factors relating to the surgical case. However, on average, most patients can expect to pay between $7,000-$12,500 for their tummy tuck procedure.
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Tummy Tuck FAQs
Tummy Tuck or Lipo?
Patients who have loose skin in the lower abdomen may be better candidates for a skin tightening procedure such as a tummy tuck. If a patient is battling unwanted belly fat, but otherwise has good skin tone, liposuction (which removes fat only) may be all that is needed.
Abdominoplasty can be combined with another cosmetic procedure, such as breast augmentation, a breast lift or liposuction that targets another area of the body. This is sometimes referred to as a “Mommy Makeover” and is considered a common practice, especially where pregnancy, weight gain and breast-feeding are concerned.
What About Scarring?
Unfortunately, scarring is a part of this procedure. However, every effort is made to minimize scarring, and the incisions are generally placed in locations easily concealed by undergarments. For women who have had a previous C-section, the original C-section scar will be replaced with the tummy tuck incision. Most patients feel the physical results of this surgery far outweigh any scarring left behind.
Pregnancy or Weight Gain?
For optimal results, it is recommended that patients wait to have abdominoplasty until after all pregnancies have been completed. This is to ensure the stretching and weight gain that occurs with pregnancy does not compromise the results of the surgery.