Following pregnancy, weight fluctuations, or the natural effects of aging, your abdominal area might be left with sagging skin and excess fat that cannot be reduced with diet and exercise alone.
Dr. Benjamin Boudreaux can perform a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) to effectively remove unwanted fat and tighten your abdominal area.
Why choose tummy tuck surgery at Northshore Plastic Surgery over other methods of fat removal?
The location and extent of your unique concerns will determine which type of tummy tuck is best suited for your needs.
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. 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. Your tummy tuck options include:
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. Rather, they are intended to help you achieve a figure that reflects your healthy weight and lifestyle.
Therefore, a candidate for abdominoplasty should be:
Is a Tummy Tuck Really Right for You?
Although there are many non-surgical or less invasive cosmetic procedures available, a tummy tuck is considered the most effective and comprehensive technique that a plastic surgeon can use to address loose skin, excess fat, and stretched muscles in the abdominal area all at once. While non-surgical procedures like CoolSculpting® can only help you shed fat, a tummy tuck allows Dr. Boudreaux to target and remove unwanted tissue, as well as sculpt a more desirable abdominal area.
A tummy tuck also offers long-lasting results. As long as you maintain a consistent exercise routine and healthy diet, you should enjoy your slimmer contours for years to come.
Our On-Site Surgical Center
We understand how difficult it is to choose the right practice for your upcoming surgical procedure.
At Northshore Plastic Surgery, many of our patients appreciate that they can undergo any treatment at our luxurious, state-of-the-art, and private surgical center rather than at a hospital. Our on-site surgical center is AAAHC-certified and our team consistently maintains the highest safety standards. We are fully trained and equipped to respond to any unlikely emergencies that can arise during a procedure.
We also have our own patient recovery rooms, where Dr. Boudreaux can closely monitor you after treatment.
A tummy tuck procedure typically takes between two and five 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.
Fully understanding this procedure can help alleviate any fear and anxiety surrounding your treatment. While the exact specifications will depend on which type you choose, a typical surgery is broken down into the same general steps:
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.
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.
Northshore Plastic Surgery
Dr. Benjamin Boudreaux and his team offer a full array of surgical and non-surgical treatments in a luxurious, spa-like setting. Our practice is equipped with its own on-site, AAAHC-certified surgery center. Dr. Boudreaux is highly rated by his patients and affiliated with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons®, the American Board of Plastic Surgery ABMS MOC®, and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Inc.
Together, we can find a cosmetic solution that helps you look and feel like the best version of yourself. To schedule a consultation at Northshore Plastic Surgery, call us at (985) 237-6050 or request an appointment online.
“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