Tummy Tuck – Abdominoplasty – Baton Rouge, LA
TUMMY TUCK OVERVIEW
A firmer and well-toned abdomen is something that all women strive for through exercise. An Abdominoplasty procedure, also known as a Tummy Tuck, is a cosmetic procedure that is popular especially amongst new mothers or women who have lost a significant amount of weight and as a result, have excess skin, causing wrinkles. A Tummy Tuck can easily remove any excess fat or skin around the tummy area to create a more toned abdominal profile.
If you’re feeling self conscious about your loose or sagging tummy, chances are you have trouble feeling confident about yourself. This could also lead to you not wearing many of the outfits you liked and looked good in once. Having a tummy that is firm and flat can make a major difference to how you feel, and when you find that it is not going to be achieved through exercise or a special diet, then a tummy tuck by Baton Rouge Plastic Surgeon Dr. Theunissen can be just the answer you are looking for.
There are several causes to require a Tummy Tuck. Of the most common it includes:
- Heredity Conditions
- Aging with deterioration of skin elasticity
- Large fluctuations in weight gain and loss
In order to improve the appearance of the abdomen, Baton Rouge, LA plastic surgeon, Dr. Taylor Theunissen, performs Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) to help women regain more firm and youthful appearing stomach by removing excess skin and tissue from the stomach.
Ideal Candidates for a Tummy Tuck Procedure with Dr. Theunissen:
- Want younger, more firm looking stomach
- Weight loss or muscles loss has left stomach skin sagging
- Irritated by the appearance of your stomach
More Firm & Youthful looking stomach with an Tummy Tuck
Can be performed in conjunction with other Procedures
Comfortable, Friendly Staff, Performed In-Office
DR. THEUNISSEN’S APPROACH
Baton Rouge Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Theunissen, is the one of the leading cosmetic surgeons in Louisiana. The following are a few of the surgical options that are available for patients.
Full Tummy Tuck – During a full tummy tuck procedure an incision is made from one side of the hip to other side just above the pubic area. The horizontal incision results in a scar line which can be easily hidden by wearing undergarments. The technique is used in those women who have many skin folds after multiple pregnancies. The full tummy tuck technique allows the surgeon to gain access to a large portion of the abdomen in order to reposition the belly button to make the appearance more natural. In some cases, liposuction is also performed in order to remove any fat from the skin tightening portion, giving it a firmer, more toned appearance.
Mini Tummy Tuck – Also called a Brazilian Tummy Tuck, this is an alternative to the more traditional technique. Patients need to be in restively good shape already in order to go through this procedure, which is why it is called the mini tummy tuck. Unlike the full tummy tuck, where the belly button needs to be rearranged to give a more natural appearance, in the mini tummy tuck, the belly button is left unaffected and also, the incision that is made is much smaller in comparison to the full tummy tuck. During this procedure, liposuction may also be used to remove any excess fat and the loosened skin is either pulled tight or removed altogether.
Extended Tummy Tuck – In some cases there is need for major skin tightening and body contouring for the abdomen to return to a firmer, more toned state. In these cases, an extended tummy tuck is necessary. The technique was developed after some patients had noted that folds of the skin surrounding the abdomen were noticeable even after getting a full tummy tuck. In this procedure the incision can extend around the navel, flank and lower back area depending on the required results. Liposuction is also used and excess skin is trimmed and then tightened, before repositioning the belly button to provide more natural results.
DURING AFTER SURGERY
A tummy tuck is performed under general anesthesia. While it is an outpatient procedure, overnight stay may be required in some more complex cases. As with any other cosmetic surgery, an Abdominoplasty comes with some risks, which is why it is necessary to discuss the procedure and consult with your surgeon regarding your medical history prior to the procedure in order to avoid complications. Post surgery, pain medications will be administered and the patient will be advised to wear a compression garment for added protection. The patient will need to rest for at least 48 hours, after which patients are advised to make an effort to move around to encourage proper blood circulation, and also reduce the risks of any complication such as blood clotting. The full recover after a Abdominoplasty can take up to six weeks.
PLAN YOUR PROCEDURE
The cost for a tummy tuck depends on a variety of factors, primarily on the technique recommended that will provide the best result of the patient’s condition. These prices generally range from $7,000 to $12,500. Insurance does not typically cover a tummy tuck(abdominoplasty). Dr. Theunissen performs Tummy Tucks in Baton Rouge, in his state-of-the-art, In-Office O.R., with the support of experienced and licensed staff, which also includes a full-time Anesthesiologist to ensure optimal care for each patient.
• Average Cost: $7,000 – $12,000
• Recovery Time: 2-4 Weeks
• Average Procedure Time: 3-4 Hours
• Procedure Recovery Location: Out-Patient
• Where: In-Office Operating Room
• Insurance: Insurance does not cover Abdominoplasty
ABDOMINOPLASTY FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
ABDOMINOPLASTY OR LIPOSUCTION?
Baton Rouge Plastic Surgeon Dr. Theunissen reserves tummy tucks for those patients who have extremely stretched skin in their lower abdomen as a result of losing excess amount of weight after being obese or after multiple pregnancies. A Lipo or Liposuction is a procedure which is used to remove fat around the area of the abdomen in those people who still have a healthy skin tone. During the initial consultation, a thorough examination and assessment will be carried out which will provide the surgeon and the patient with the details they need to make a more informed decision.
Some scarring is expected whenever anyone goes under the knife and incisions are made. While every effort is made to make sure that the incisions are thin and can be easily concealed, there are some post surgery care procedures which is offered courtesy of Baton Rouge Plastic Surgeon Dr. Theunissen, and his team to help patients get rid of those scars. Apart from their assistance, patients are also advised to avoid exposure to the sun at least during the first year to protect them from any discoloration. But, at the end of the day, the benefits of having a tummy tuck far outweigh the appearance of some barely visible scars.
Those women who decide to have more children should delay the tummy tuck procedure until after their pregnancy, since the stretch marks and weight gain during the pregnancy will have a negative impact on the results of the tummy tuck. Furthermore, it is not unheard of for women to have another tummy tuck with a breast augmentation and a lift after childbirth even if they have gone through the procedure before.
Dr. Theunissen and his qualified staff are committed to ensuring his patients achieve the best results from their cosmetic surgery by offering the highest level of professional care throughout the entire process, from the initial consultation to the procedure and on-going support.
A tummy tuck usually takes between 10-14 days to recover, but often times it takes as much as 2-4 weeks. For a full recovery – it is recommended to wait at minimum of 6 weeks before performing strenuous activities such as working out, lifting heavy objects, or high cardio exercises.