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 and Dr. Jeffrey Claiborne 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 and Dr. Claiborne are committed to your long-term wellness and cosmetic goals. Before your abdominoplasty, you will undergo a thorough consultation. They will analyze your health history, answer all of your questions, and explain your surgical options. Dr. Boudreaux and Dr. Claiborne will create a treatment plan designed specifically around your personal goals and needs. Depending on what those goals are, they 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 help you shed fat, a tummy tuck allows Dr. Boudreaux and Dr. Claiborne to target and remove unwanted skin, 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 and Dr. Claiborne 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:
Patients will need at least two weeks of downtime after a tummy tuck. During the healing period, you will need to:
- Take sufficient time off from work or school
- Make childcare arrangements if you have small children
- Avoid submerging incisions until they are healed
- Follow a specific diet of nutritious food options
- Take medications as prescribed
- Wear your compression garment around your stomach to minimize your risk of blood clots
- Avoid strenuous activity and heavy lifting
Dr. Boudreaux and Dr. Claiborne will give you a detailed list of post-operative instructions which should be followed closely so that you can enjoy a comfortable and successful recovery. It can take as long as a year for swelling to completely subside.
Common Side Effects
During the healing period, swelling, bruising, and slight discomfort are all normal. 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.
You will be able to see noticeable results immediately after your procedure. However, the area will be swollen. After your full recovery, you can expect a tighter, smoother, and slimmer abdomen. Dr. Boudreaux and Dr. Claiborne strive to create the most discreet incisions in areas that are usually covered by your underwear or bikini bottoms.
With a newly toned figure, many patients feel a restored sense of self-confidence and improved body image. Typically, patients find that this newfound confidence allows them to live and dress more freely.
“I had heard that Dr. Claiborne was "the" doctor to see for my tummy tuck. SO true. Dr. Claiborne is probably the best surgeon which whom I have come across ever. He is not only smart, but he is kind and caring. For any of my plastic surgery concerns, Dr. Claiborne is the only physician I would consider.”- Susan, from Realself
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 and Dr. Claiborne offer several types of tummy tuck techniques at their New Orleans Metro-area practice, including full, mini, and modified procedures. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your midsection, contact Dr. Boudreau and Dr. Claiborne today to find out how a tummy tuck can benefit you.
Northshore Plastic Surgery
Dr. Benjamin Boudreaux, Dr. Jeffrey Claiborne and our 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 and Dr. Claiborne are highly rated by 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