Tummy Tuck Surgery (Full, Mini, or Extended Abdominoplasty) – Metairie and New Orleans, LA*

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About Tummy Tuck Surgery

For both men and women, loose skin and pockets of fat in the abdomen can be frustrating and challenging despite attempts to get rid of it. Pregnancy, weight loss, bariatric surgery, and aging are the typical reasons why someone may not be able to reclaim a tighter and slimmer stomach. A tummy tuck is a cosmetic enhancement that redefines the stomach area by removing fat and tightening the abdominal skin and muscles. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Cynthia Mizgala performs abdominoplasty that is based on the condition of the abdomen. This popular surgery at A Woman Plastic Surgeon in Metairie, LA allows men and women the chance to have a more toned and tight abdomen. Discover how a tummy tuck can remove excess skin and fat while also tightening the stomach muscles by contacting us for a consultation.

Ideal Candidates

Abdominoplasty can be offered to both women and men. If you cannot lose or reduce loose or wrinkly skin, as well as pockets of fat in the stomach, this body contouring procedure can help create a tighter and slimmer look. Abdominoplasty is not a substitute for weight loss — it surgically tightens loose skin over tightened muscles after fat removal. Liposuction is included for contouring of the adjacent areas. In addition, some patients choose to have liposuction of other areas at the same time. Common areas are the back, neck, and thighs.  Women usually wait until they no longer plan future pregnancies. However, some women have become pregnant after a tummy tuck without any adverse effects.

Surgical Technique

Abdominoplasty is an outpatient surgery performed with the patient under general anesthesia. There are numerous surgical options to consider when the surgery is performed by Dr. Mizgala, depending on the patient's current condition. The incision shape and size is determined based on the amount of excess skin. Some patients with an abundance of hanging skin may require a full tummy tuck. This abdominoplasty technique places the incision along the lower abdomen from hip to hip, just above the pubic region. Other patients who are concerned with minimal skin wrinkling may be better suited for a less invasive technique. Men and women who receive this treatment still benefit from an abdominoplasty but will simply receive a smaller scar. Dr. Mizgala also offers the hourglass tummy tuck and fat-to-flat tummy tuck.

In some surgical cases, a muscle repair is usually recommended to reconstruct the 6-pack, especially after pregnancy. Some patients choose not to have the muscle repair as this significantly decreases recovery time and the muscle tone may be satisfactory. Regardless of how it is performed, all tummy tuck procedures at A Woman Plastic Surgeon involve the removal of hanging skin and fat removal.

What to Expect

When abdominoplasty surgery is completed, you will be monitored and released wearing a compression garment to decrease swelling. Standing upright will be hard to accomplish at first so you should rest for several days. Resuming normal movement becomes easier once the abdominal muscles adjust and the incision begins to heal. Most patients can generally resume a normal routine and work in about two weeks. Exercise can resume later, closer to six weeks or when you are cleared by Dr. Mizgala. You may experience some tightness and discomfort in your midsection, however, this is minimized with the use of Exparel, which is a long-acting numbing medicine injected by Dr. Mizgala during surgery.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a tummy tuck cost?
Depending on the type of tummy suck surgery you undergo, the cost can range from about $7,900 – $9,800. Some tummy tucks do not require as much skin removal or tightening, making the procedure less complex. Dr. Mizgala will customize your unique procedure plan based on your specific needs and goals before discussing costs. Once you have had ample time to review your surgical plan, our team can discuss various payment and financing options so you can attain the tighter tummy you hope for.

What type of tummy tuck should I get?
There are many types of tummy tucks: a full, mini, and extended. In your consultation, Dr. Mizgala will ask about your needs and goals before examining your abdomen. Then, she can better decide which tummy tuck will give you the best results. A full tummy tuck is good if you want to fix issues in the upper and lower abdomen, while a mini tummy tuck is good if you only have concerns below your belly button, like a "pooch." An extended tummy tuck is designed to improve the abdomen, as well as the hips and upper thighs. In addition, Dr. Mizgala offers the hourglass tummy tuck and fat-to-flat tummy tuck. Also during the consultation, Dr. Mizgala will discuss whether the muscle repair is recommended with your tummy tuck, depending on the condition of your muscles, available recovery time, and other factors.

What will my scars look like?
Incisions for your tummy tuck will depend on which type you are getting. For all tummy tucks, Dr. Mizgala makes the thinnest incisions possible to limit scars. She also makes incisions in less visible areas (in the pubic region or belly button) so they can be concealed by a swimsuit or underwear. After your surgery, it's important to follow your scar care instructions so your sutures heal flat and blend into your natural skin.

Can I get pregnant after a tummy tuck?
While you can get pregnant after a tummy tuck, it may alter your results. Dr. Mizgala recommends considering planned pregnancies and childbirth before you consider a tummy tuck. If you do get pregnant after a tummy tuck, a second surgery can be performed to refresh your results, but it is not always required.

Can I get a tummy tuck with another surgery?
Many patients combine another cosmetic surgery with a tummy tuck to see more dramatic improvements. During your consultation with Dr. Mizgala, talk to her about your concerns so a personalized treatment plan can be developed that matches your goals. You may combine a tummy tuck with a thigh lift for a lower body lift or liposuction of several areas for custom body contouring. If you are trying to improve your body after pregnancy or losing a significant amount of weight, you may be an ideal candidate for a mommy makeover, which usually combines a tummy tuck with breast surgery.

Also, Dr. Mizgala always reviews the contours of the back at the time of a tummy tuck consultation. This way, the option of combining liposuction of the back with your tummy tuck can be carefully considered.

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Procedure Details

Average Cost  
$7,900 - $9,800
Recovery Time  
2 Weeks
Average Procedure Time  
2-3 hours
Post-op Follow-up  
1 week, 2 weeks, 1 Month
Procedure Recovery Location  
Home
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Attain a Tighter Tummy

Many factors can lead to a stretched-out tummy that creates hanging and wrinkled skin. No amount of diet or exercise will correct some abdominal issues. Tummy tuck surgery is generally the key to overcome this. If you are bothered by the stretched-out skin in your abdomen, whether it is significant or not, skin tightening surgery by Dr. Mizgala in Metairie, LA can help you get the look you dream of. Please contact A Woman Plastic Surgeon to learn more.

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.