Slim Down Your Midsection with a Tummy Tuck
If you are at a healthy weight, but have stubborn fat and loose skin around your stomach, you may be a good candidate for a tummy tuck. Also known as abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck involves the removal of excess tissue along the midsection, as well as the tightening of muscles in the abdominal wall. Dr. Benjamin Boudreaux offers several types of tummy tuck techniques at his New Orleans Metro-area practice, including full, mini, and modified procedures. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your midsection, contact Dr. Boudreaux today to find out how a tummy tuck can benefit you.
Benefits and Candidacy
In addition to aesthetic enhancement, patients who undergo abdominoplasty enjoy a number of other benefits, including:
- Removal of Excess Skin: When excess skin is a result of weight loss or pregnancy, it can become both an aesthetic and a health concern. Large folds of skin may become infected, resulting in more serious health issues. Abdominoplasty removes excess skin and minimizes the risk of infection.
- Tighter Abdominal Muscles: Both pregnancy and the simple aging process can cause the abdominal muscles to separate at the midline of the stomach. This reduces strength and leaves you with a sagging abdomen. While exercise can address this issue in some instances, more severe cases will require a tummy tuck to tighten up the muscles.
- Improved Confidence: Oftentimes, patients who undergo abdominoplasty are much more self-assured in their appearance after treatment. In many cases, they are comfortable enough in their results to wear swimsuits and tight clothing that they may have otherwise avoided.
However, while many tummy tuck candidates want a tighter stomach after pregnancy or following significant weight loss, patients should keep in mind that tummy tucks are not weight loss procedures. They are intended to help you achieve a figure that reflects your healthy weight and lifestyle. A candidate for abdominoplasty should be in good physical health, have a stable weight, and should not plan on becoming pregnant.
Customized Tummy Tuck Options
Dr. Boudreaux is committed to your long-term wellness and cosmetic goals. Before your abdominoplasty, you will undergo a thorough consultation. He will analyze your health history, answer all of your questions, and explain your surgical options. Your tummy tuck options include:
- Full or Traditional Tummy Tuck: During this procedure, Dr. Boudreaux will tighten muscles in the upper and lower abdomen and remove excess skin and fat. This usually includes the alteration of the abdominal skin involving artful surgical techniques to create the appearance of a navel.
- Mini tummy Tuck: This procedure is designed to target the lower abdomen and is intended for patients who may have a mild abdominal protrusion below the navel.
- Modified Tummy Tuck: Dr. Boudreaux specializes in this special type of abdominoplasty, which uses techniques similar to those used in the full tummy tuck but leaves the navel in place. Many patients choose this procedure because it results in minimized scarring and often produces the most natural-looking results.
Dr. Boudreaux will create a treatment plan designed specifically around your personal goals and needs. Depending on what those goals are, he may also recommend other body contouring procedures.
The Tummy Tuck Procedure
Fully understanding a procedure can help alleviate fear and anxiety surrounding your treatment. While the exact steps will depend on which type you choose, a typical surgery is broken down into the same general phases:
- Anesthesia: Before your tummy tuck, you will receive general anesthesia. Dr. Boudreaux works with certified anesthesiologists and certified registered nurse anesthetists to ensure you remain comfortable throughout the procedure.
- Incisions: After anesthesia is administered, the doctor will make one or more incisions in your abdomen, depending on the type of tummy tuck you choose. He will plan these out carefully to ensure that they are placed discreetly in places where your clothes can cover them.
- Navel Reattachment: If you opt for a full tummy tuck, the doctor will make a vertical incision in the central portion of the abdomen to detach the navel and reattached after the underlying tissue is repositioned. In some cases, he may sculpt a new navel entirely.
- Tightening of the Muscles: Dr. Boudreaux can tighten muscles loosened by age and use liposuction to remove stubborn fat deposits. This process can narrow the waistline and give the abdominal muscles a more toned appearance.
- Skin Removal: Once the muscles are tightened, any loose or excess skin is stretched downward and excised. Occasionally, liposuction is performed again during this step to remove pockets of fat before closing the incisions.
- Stitches: Once the procedure is complete, the doctor will carefully close up the incisions with surgical sutures. Dr. Boudreaux will also place a surgical drain at the incision site to accelerate the healing process and alleviate pain and pressure from fluid buildup.
A tummy tuck procedure typically takes between 2 and 5 hours to complete. In most cases, the surgical drain can be removed approximately one week after your procedure. The stitches are removed in stages over a two-week period.
Healing and Recovery
Patients will need at least two weeks to recovery fully from a tummy tuck procedure. Therefore, it is important to plan ahead. You should make sure to take sufficient time off from work or school and, if you have small children, make arrangements for childcare. Because a balanced diet is also necessary for proper healing, it is a good idea to stock your pantry with nutritious food options before surgery.
During the healing period, swelling, bruising, and slight discomfort are all normal. Dr. Boudreaux will give you a detailed list of post-operative instructions and medication recommendations. These guidelines should be followed closely so that you can enjoy a comfortable and successful recovery. This regimen may include wearing a compression garment around your stomach to minimize the risk of blood clots.While some walking is encouraged to improve blood flow and support healing, it is important to avoid strenuous activities such as heavy lifting.
Patients will need at least two weeks to recovery fully from a tummy tuck procedure.
It is not uncommon to experience constipation following your tummy tuck procedure. For this reason, it is important to stay hydrated, drinking at least 8 to 16 glasses of water every day. Over-the-counter constipation medications can also help alleviate this issue.
Typically, patients should avoid showering for the first three days after surgery, taking only gentle sponge baths when necessary. Submerging the incisions is also strictly prohibited until they have healed. This includes activities such as bathing, sitting in a hot tub, and swimming.
Slim Down Your Stomach Today
To learn more about abdominoplasty and to find out which type of tummy tuck might be right for you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Boudreaux online or at 985-237-6050. We look forward to hearing from you!
“From Dr. Boudreaux's wonderful bedside manner to his amazing staff, I could not have had a better experience! I have recommended and will continue to recommend Dr. Boudreaux to my clients and friends.” - Ruthie