If the badge of honor you receive from childbirth is your offspring, a flabby belly is often the war wound earned from the accomplishment. Fortunately, many women need not endure the excess skin, fat, and lax abdominal muscles incurred from having a family. Having a tummy tuck at our Shreveport, Louisiana, practice can transform your body by making the stomach flat and tightening abdominal muscles. It can even hide scars left behind by a C-section.
Tummy Tuck Before & After Photos
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Even though a tummy tuck is typically associated with women who have had children, the procedure can benefit any woman or man who has lost a significant amount of weight and who is bothered by excess abdominal skin and stretch marks. Abdominoplasty is an excellent option for patients who are in good shape but are self-conscious about wearing a swimsuit or taking off their shirts.
A good tummy tuck candidate is typically between the ages of 30 and 55 and:
Is close to the body weight they want to maintain
Wants specific areas of loose skin and fat removed
Has maintained a stable weight for at least 6 months
Has good skin tone and elasticity
Has realistic expectations
Is emotionally stable
Understands the risks of abdominoplasty surgery
We can discuss these considerations during your consultation, when your surgeon will evaluate your health, determine the extent of fat deposits in your abdomen, and assess your skin tone.
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How Is a Tummy Tuck Performed?
In general, a tummy tuck involves the surgeon making an incision just above the pubic area that stretches from hip to hip. Another incision encircles the bellybutton. After making the incisions, the surgeon separates the skin and fat from the abdominal wall and then removes the excess skin and fat. In many cases, the abdominal muscles are tightened. Using a small incision to make an opening for the belly button, the surgeon carefully reshapes the bellybutton for a natural and beautiful look. A tummy tuck can also include the removal of stretch marks and C-section scars.
Tummy Tuck Combined With SAFELipo360®
Most tummy tuck patients at The Wall Center undergo SAFELipo360, a procedure developed by Dr. Simeon Wall Jr. that produces results that are far superior to those following either standalone liposuction or abdominoplasty. The expertise of our surgeons performing this procedure is recognized by peers both nationally and internationally.
Comprehensive body contouring that addresses excess skin and fat and repairs diastasis recti (separated abdominal muscles) is safe and, in most cases, is in the best interests of patients. That’s why it’s the procedure our surgeons recommend first for patients with any degree of diastasis recti who are not planning to have more children.
Using the SAFELipo technique that Dr. Wall Jr. developed enables the surgeon to maximize the removal of excess fat without creating contour deformities or disrupting blood vessels or connective tissue, issues commonly seen with standard and thermal forms of suction-assisted lipectomy.
Tummy Tuck Techniques
After evaluating patients during their consultations, our surgeons recommend a specific type of abdominoplasty procedure for them. There are 4 categories of tummy tucks based on the incision (as shown in the illustrations):
Extended tummy tuck
Full tummy tuck
Short vertical scar tummy tuck
Umbilical float tummy tuck
Horizontal incisions are made very low on the abdomen, just above the pubic area, so scars can be easily concealed by even low-cut bikini bottoms.
Our surgeons close the incisions using progressive tension sutures in multiple areas. This advanced technique virtually eliminates fluid accumulation during the healing process, a complication called a seroma, and has the added benefit of minimizing tension after the final skin closure. This minimizes the appearance of scars.
Drains placed at the end of surgery help reduce swelling and collect excess blood and fluid to minimize the risk of complications; these are removed a few days later.
What Is a Mini Tummy Tuck?
A mini tummy tuck removes less than 3 inches of fat and skin from the stomach. In contrast, a full abdominoplasty removes a larger amount of skin and fat tissue below the bellybutton and involves forming a new bellybutton. A mini tummy tuck also requires a much smaller incision than a full abdominoplasty but can’t be used to tighten abdominal muscles. Relatively few patients considering a tummy tuck are good candidates for a mini tummy tuck but our surgeons discuss all options during the consultation.
Can You Combine a Tummy Tuck With Other Procedures?
A tummy tuck is often combined with SAFELipo® as part of the comprehensive body contouring approach our surgeons use to create results that truly set The Wall Center apart from other practices. The procedure is also an essential element of Mommy Makeover surgery, which typically includes cosmetic breast surgery such as a breast lift with implants in addition to liposuction and abdominoplasty.
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Patients who undergo a tummy tuck have a slightly longer recovery time if the surgeon tightens the abdominal muscles during the procedure. Tummy tuck patients who have young children must avoid lifting them during the first 10 days after the surgery, so it’s important to arrange for help with childcare. Almost all our body contouring patients return to their normal workout and exercise routine by 3 weeks after surgery. Most patients report minimal pain from the surgery, and just about everyone reports a high level of satisfaction with their results.
Our surgeons inject EXPAREL® before closing tummy tuck incisions. The use of EXPAREL, a long-acting local anesthetic, is a significant advance in post-op pain management, and most of our patients report minimal discomfort in the first 3 to 5 days after surgery.
To get started with your tummy tuck procedure, request a consultation at The Wall Center for Plastic Surgery or call our office at
(318) 795-0801. Conveniently located in Shreveport, we serve patients from throughout Louisiana, Arkansas, and Texas.
Tummy Tuck FAQ
How do I know if I need a tummy tuck or just liposuction?
A tummy tuck is best for women and men with sagging skin, stretch marks, rolls, and a protruding belly caused by separated abdominal muscles. These characteristics are common after pregnancy and massive weight loss. Liposuction can be a good option for individuals with firm, elastic abdominal skin whose concerns are caused by isolated areas of fat.
Does a tummy tuck remove stretch marks?
A tummy tuck usually gets rid of at least some abdominal stretch marks. A great deal of excess skin is removed during a tummy tuck, and stretch marks along with it. If you have stretch marks on the remaining skin, they may flatten and fade when this skin is pulled taut during the procedure.
Will I get a new bellybutton as part of an abdominoplasty?
The bellybutton is revised during a full tummy tuck procedure, but not during a mini tummy tuck. The surgeon makes an incision around the bellybutton to release it from the overlying skin. When the skin is pulled down and re-draped, the surgeon makes a new opening for the navel. At this time, he or she can shape and refine your bellybutton to look attractive and natural.
How many dress sizes will I lose with tummy tuck surgery?
It’s important to understand that tummy tuck surgery is not a weight-loss procedure. However, once excess skin and fat are removed and the abdominal muscles are repaired, you may go down a size or two.
How long does a tummy tuck last?
Tummy tuck results should last indefinitely if you do not gain a significant amount of weight or have more children. Pregnancy and weight fluctuation can both compromise the results of a tummy tuck.
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