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.
Tummy Tuck Reviews
"I had a tummy tuck and implant swap in November. I went to Dr. Mizgala based on a coworker's recommendation and so blessed to have found her and the staff. The staff was so very patient and helpful with my MANY questions. Dr. Mizgala really listened to my concerns and showed me realistic picture outcomes for my body shape. Recovery and results have been amazing. Four months post op my tummy is beautiful! Can't wait to finally wear a bathing suit."- K. / Healthgrades / Apr 01, 2016
"Gummy Bear Breast Implants and Tummy Tuck - Very Little Pain! - Metairie, LA - I cannot say enough good things about my surgeon, Dr. Mizgala. The incisions are tiny & you can tell she really took her time to make sure the scars are minimal. There was very little post op pain and swelling & I completely attribute this to her excellent surgical skills. She took her time to explain the surgery to me & what to expect post op. She is very down to earth & listened to all my concerns. As a female, she understood the body image I wanted to achieve. I am so glad that I trusted her to do my surgery!"- M. / RealSelf / Nov 07, 2015
"47 Widow Needed a Make over - Did tummy tuck and breast lift with implants. Dr. Cynthia Mizgala is an excellent surgeon. She sets high standards for her practice. I have developed a great rapport with her and staff. Expect a thorough consult, great bedside manners, pre-opt screenings for medical clearance and all questions answered prior to having your procedure. Very satisfied with the end result and efforts made by Dr. and staff to follow up post opt. I have since followed up with Robin (Aesthetician on Staff) for laser and skin care products. She is very good. Dr. Mizgala's assistant Hope is kind and attentive. Patty (Office Manager) will discuss in detail ... the cost of your procedure and post opt. instructions. Dr. and staff are knowledgeable and go above and beyond."- B. / RealSelf / May 03, 2018
"36 Year Old, 2 Daughters, No C-sections. Metairie, LA - It took me a LONG time to make my plastic surgery consultation appointment. I always thought that I needed to lose more weight before. I feared that the PS would tell me to lose another 30 pounds then come back. So I decided that I would try SmartLipo or Coolsculpting first then do the TT later. I made the appointment but was told that if they had a cancellation for an earlier time they would call me. Well we have all heard hat before and never get the call. I was WRONG! They called me because they had a cancellation and asked me to come in the next day! I have NEVER had a doctor's office do that. Dr. Mizgala's office is so relaxing. You are walking into a spa atmosphere and not a doctor's office. The wait time was only 5 minutes and the office staff is super friendly. I immediately felt like Dr. Mizgala was a friend and not a doctor. We discussed family medical history and what I am interested in regarding my body before I even undressed. After our talk then came the moment of truth, I had to show her my body. Immediately she told me I was not a candidate for SmartLipo or Coolscultping. My stomach was loose skin and diastasis from having both of my daughters. I wanted a tummy tuck and expected to be told to loose weight and come back. No! She said that I would have great results from this! So needless to say, I paid my deposit and scheduled my surgery! Of course, after I spoke with my husband and reassured him I was not changing my boobs. From being pregnant, I went from a B cup to DD cup and he wants those to stay..lol...Dr. Mizgala is hands down the best doctor I have ever worked with. She is very hands on and personally calls you to follow up. She offers to make house calls to bring prescriptions if you need and will check you out anytime you think she needs to see your incision.So I am one week out and decided to document my surgery. I hope this will be inspiration for someone else like me. My pre-op is Monday. I had to do a physical and EKG this past Wednesday and hope the results will be in by Monday!"- A. / RealSelf / Mar 18, 2016
"34yrs Old, Two Kids, One C-section - Metarie, LA - Ready to get rid of this pouch!!!! I read several reviews on my plastic surgeon which were all great! I went in for my consultation 3 weeks ago and met with my Dr. She is very thorough and answered all of my questions on point! She stated that I am a great candidate for a full tummy tuck. I met with both her and her surgical coordinator Patty who is also the sweetest person. I go in 2days for..."- C. / RealSelf / Apr 12, 2015
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.
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.
- 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
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.