Commonly known as an abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck removes excess fat and skin while tightening abdominal muscles, resulting in a slimmer and more fit appearance. Dr. Stephens will customize your tummy tuck to your specifications, and cosmetic goals as each individual is different.
During a typical tummy tuck surgery, Dr. Stephens places two incisions: one from hip bone to hip bone along the pubic line and around the navel. Once underlying muscles are tightened and fat is removed, the skin is rewrapped, and the navel is repositioned more naturally.
Am I a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?
Typically, the best candidates for receiving our Baton Rouge tummy tuck are at or near their target weight with pockets of excess fat. Although tummy tuck surgery can safely and effectively remove fat and tighten stomach contours, it is not a substitute for diet and exercise, nor is it a solution for weight loss.
Dr. Stephens may encourage you to postpone surgery for patients who intend to lose weight, as weight loss can loosen stomach skin. During your consultation, factors such as your health, medical history, cosmetic goals, and expectations will be evaluated to determine if our Baton Rouge abdominoplasty suits for you.
Partial Tummy Tuck
Some patients may also qualify for a partial or mini tummy tuck, which is similar to the entire procedure except a smaller incision is made, and the navel does not have to be moved. This option can be discussed with Dr. Stephens during your consultation.
What is the Recovery Like?
Depending on the extent of the surgery, recovery from a tummy tuck can take from a few weeks to a few months. Doctor Stephens will provide you with post-surgical instructions to care for your incision sites while reducing the risk of infection or complications.
It is normal to be swollen and bruised with mild discomfort after surgery, which is typically easily controlled with prescribed medication and following Dr. Stephens’ instructions.
While tummy tucks are designed to have long-lasting results, adopting a healthy diet and exercise routine can add longevity to your results. Contact Dr. J. Anthony Stephens today to schedule a consultation for arguably the best tummy tuck Baton Rouge and Lafayette ha to offer.