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. As each individual is different, Dr. Stephens will customize your tummy tuck to your specifications and cosmetic goals.
During a typical tummy tuck surgery, Dr. Stephens places two incisions: one from hip bone to hip bone along the pubic line, and one around the navel. Once underlying muscles are tightened and fat is removed, the skin is redraped and the navel is repositioned in a more natural placement.
Am I a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?
Typically, the best candidates for a tummy tuck in Lafayette 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.
For patients who are intending to lose weight, Dr. Stephens may encourage you to postpone surgery, as weight loss can loosen stomach skin. During your consultation, factors such as your health, medical history, cosmetic goals and expectations will be evaluated in order to determine if tummy tuck surgery is right for you.
Partial Tummy Tuck
Some patients may also qualify for a partial, or mini, tummy tuck, which is similar to the full 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 in order 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 by 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 has to offer.