The goal of a flat, toned abdomen motivates many of people to hit the gym or politely decline that slice of homemade pie. But sometimes, diet and exercise aren’t sufficient to achieve the body of your dreams, so Dr. John V. Williams at the Plastic Surgery Center of Baton Rouge in Baton Rouge and Alexandria, Louisiana, uses the most advanced techniques in Tummy Tuck surgery. If you’re considering a Tummy Tuck, call or click to book an appointment today.
The goal of a flat well-toned abdomen is often not possible to achieve even with diet and going to the gym. As a result of pregnancy or significant weight loss, there is often bulging, laxity, excess skin, and a stretch of the stomach. This can occur in both women and me. Because of this appearance going to the beach or wearing tight-fitting clothing is avoided. .A Tummy Tuck -Abdominoplasty removes excess skin and fat, restores separated and weakened abdominal muscles and creates a flat tighter and firmer tummy. It not only gives you a new abdomen but importantly restores your self-confidence.
Dr. Williams feels that the most important part of the consultation is to listen to you and understand what you want to achieve. During your consultation, Dr. Williams will discuss with you and explain the procedure and your expected results. Each of the possible options for the surgery will also be explained. Depending upon your goals, alternatives, as well as additional procedures, may be recommended. The goal is for you to be fully informed so that you are confident that the choice you make is the right one to give you the result you want.
The exact surgery will depend upon the amount of excess skin, laxity or weakness or separation of the abdominal muscles.
this targets the lower stomach below the belly button. If you have a pouch or excess skin between your belly button and the pubic area a Mini tummy tuck may be right for you. This procedure can tighten the abdominal muscle and remove excess but does not move the belly button. It does not tighten the muscles of the upper abdomen. If there is excess adiposity Liposuction of the abdomen can also be done at this time.
A full tummy tuck is done when there is excess skin laxity and weakness or separation of the abdominal muscles above as well as below the belly button. The upper, as well as the lower abdominal muscles, are tightened. The skin is pulled down like a window shade and the excess skin and fat removed. The belly button is initially detached from the skin flap and then re-positioned. Most stretch marks of the lower abdomen are able to be removed.
There may be excess skin and laxity of the hips, flanks and back in addition to the excess skin and laxity of the abdomen. In this case, the lower abdominal incision is extended to the back to remove and the excess tissue and contour these areas.
Exparel is a new high tech long-acting anesthetic that is injected into the abdominal muscles. This injection has microspheres of a long-acting anesthetic that is slowly released into the abdominal muscles. Most of the pain of a Tummy Tuck is due to the suture repair of the abdominal muscle separation. The local anesthetic is released over a 3-4 day period of time so there is significantly less pain.
Skin Glu is placed on the incisions so that the patient can shower the next day. A compression abdominal garment is placed at the time of surgery. This garment helps to decrease swelling and give support to the abdomen. This is worn for about four weeks. The patient is usually given a blood thinner to minimize developing blood clots in the legs. Because Exparel decreases the amount of pain after surgery patients move around much better and need less pain medication and recover fast. The patient walks around the day after surgery and able to resume normal activity within the week. Abdominal exercises are to be avoided for several months to prevent disruption of the muscle repair.
The procedure is performed at the Plastic Surgery Center. This is performed in a nationally accredited (AAAASF) surgical facility. This ensures that the surgery is done in complete privacy and that it is done with the highest quality of patient safety standards for ambulatory surgery. Prior to surgery, all cases are reviewed in conjunction with Dr. Williams and Anesthesia. Depending upon your present health and the type of procedure planned it may be necessary to have lab work done prior to surgery.
Dr. Williams will discuss with you and give you instructions for before and after your surgery. The surgery is outpatient surgery. That means that you will be able to go home after the surgery. It will be necessary for you to have a caregiver with you for 24 hours after your surgery. This is to ensure your safety and that all necessary post-operative instruction are followed. If you do not have a caregiver, arrangements can be made for this. Dr. Williams understands that patients and their caregivers often have anxiety, concerns, and questions after surgery. Dr. Williams is always available 24 hours a day to respond to you. Every effort is made throughout to make certain that you have a great experience and that you obtain your best possible desired result.
Tummy Tuck - Abdominoplasty surgery is usually not covered by insurance since this is considered cosmetic surgery. The costs for tummy tuck surgery depends upon the type of Tummy Tuck. A Mini tummy Tuck is about $ 5,500.00. A Full Tummy Tuck is about $ 7,400.00. A full Circumferential Tummy Tuck or Lower Body Lift is about $10,500.00.
You can have a normal pregnancy after a Tummy Tuck. During pregnancy the midline abdominal muscles that have been sewn together during the Tummy Tuck will probably separate for enlargement of the uterus. As a result of that you may again develop a bulging of the stomach. If you are considering becoming pregnant it is best to wait till having a Tummy Tuck.
A full Tummy Tuck removes the skin from the lower edge of the “belly button” to the pubic and groin. Most stretch marks are located in this lower abdominal skin and will be removed with the Tummy Tuck. If the stretch marks are outside of this area they will remain.
If the excess skin and laxity is limited to the lower abdomen it is often possible to perform a “Mini Tummy Tuck”. I this results in a smaller incision and scar, does not move the “Belly Button” and usually has a short recovery period. If, however there is excess skin, laxity and bulging of the upper as well as the lower abdomen a “Mini Tummy Tuck” would not give a good result. This would require a Full Tummy Tuck.