New Orleans Tummy Tuck Surgeon

Also known as an abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck addresses loose or sagging belly skin. Pregnancy, weight loss, or simply the process of aging can cause this skin to loosen, and even with diet and exercise, it can be difficult to regain a taut tummy. The tummy tuck procedure can correct the following issues: Loose or sagging abdominal skin, separation of abdominal muscles (diastasis recti), stubborn belly fat, and abdominal stretch marks.

New Orleans cosmetic surgeon Dr. Ali Sadeghi and his team can discuss the options available to you, including a tummy tuck – a.k.a. abdominoplasty – to help you address:

  • loose or sagging abdominal skin
  • stubborn belly fat
  • separation of abdominal muscles
  • stretch marks in the abdominal area

Our mission is to help the New Orleans area with stubborn issues, resulting in a restored self image and confidence.”

Since everyone has different goals and bodies, we will customize your procedure to your specific wants and needs. There are a number of options when considering a tummy tuck, including full, extended, or mini (which is the least invasive type of tummy tuck). A full tummy tuck reduces excess skin and fat throughout the abdomen, while an extended procedure contours the entire midsection. Our team will provide a thorough consultation to understand your goals and what you’d ultimately like to see from the procedure. We are confident that we can find an option that fits your goals, and we know that you’ll be thrilled with the final result.

There’s no risk to call us and schedule an appointment to discuss our procedures, so call today and find out how we can help you restore your appearance and your self-confidence.

 What is the Cost of a Tummy Tuck?

 In 2018, the average cost of a tummy tuck was $6,253, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. However, tummy tuck costs can widely vary. To get an idea of what you can expect to spend, schedule a consultation with Dr. Sadeghi.

 Surgical Techniques

Full Tummy Tuck

In patients who undergo a full tummy tuck, the incision is made from hip to hip just over the pubic area. This results in a scar line that is horizontal and can be hidden when wearing undergarments. It is commonly performed on women with significant skin folds after multiple pregnancies. This technique allows the surgeon access to a large portion of the abdomen while repositioning the belly button so that its placement appears natural. Liposuction is performed to remove excess fat preceding the skin tightening portion. The internal abdominal muscles are secured for a firm, toned appearance.

Mini Tummy Tuck

An alternative to the traditional technique is the mini tummy tuck, which is also known as a “Brazilian tummy tuck.” The difference is that ideally the patients that undego this procedure are already in relatively good shape with a healthy skin tone, but still have loose skin on the lower abdomen. Unlike the full tummy tuck, the belly button is unaffected and the incision is smaller. Liposuction is used (if needed) to remove excess fat, and the loose skin is removed and pulled tight.

Extended Tummy Tuck

In cases when major skin tightening and body contouring is needed, an extended tummy tuck is recommended. This is a necessary technique for patients who have undergone a significant weight loss. It was developed after some patients noted that even after a full tummy tuck, the parts surrounding the abdomen still showed excessive folds of skin. The incision may extend around the navel, flank and lower back depending where skin tightening is necessary. Liposuction is still used and excess skin is trimmed then tightened. Similar to a full tummy tuck, the belly button is re-positioned.

 What is the Timeline for Recovery from a Tummy Tuck?

Your recovery time will vary based on the depth of your tummy tuck and whether you undergo a full, extended, or mini tuck. Many patients can return to work after a couple weeks. It’s important that you avoid strenuous activity for at least six weeks after your procedure. Make sure that you eat healthy meals high in protein and vitamins after your surgery, as this will help prevent complications and give your body the nutrients it needs to heal. During your consultation and throughout your process with Sadeghi Center For Plastic Surgery, we will provide you with accurate timelines and information specifically tailored to your procedure.

Will I Have Scars After a Tummy Tuck?

Tummy tucks usually result in some scarring. Scarring can be more severe in some patients than others. Scarring depends on how much skin is being removed and how well your body heals. Dr. Sadeghi’s skills and cutting-edge techniques will lead to as few scars as possible. Dr. Sadeghi has been widely recognized for his skill with these procedures, which is why he’s one of the preferred cosmetic surgeons in New Orleans.

With each procedure, Dr. Sadeghi will be focused on delivering beautiful results, which means minimal scarring whenever possible.

Why Should I Choose Dr. Sadeghi To Perform My Tummy Tuck?

Dr. Sadeghi is a double board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in cosmetic plastic surgery and reconstructive breast surgery. In addition to his extensive education and world-class surgical training, Dr. Sadeghi has successfully performed thousands of surgeries, including tummy tucks, throughout his career. As Founder and Medical Director of The Sadeghi Center for Plastic Surgery, Dr. Sadeghi is committed to the complete care of his patients.

Our tummy tuck patients will enjoy full-service care in our welcoming, spa-like environment. We use cutting-edge surgical techniques to achieve the best-looking results for our patients here in New Orleans. There is a reason why so many people in our community have trusted Dr. Sadeghi and his team with their tummy tuck procedures, so contact us to find out why..

Who Can a Tummy Tuck Help?

Having a flatter, firmer midsection can dramatically improve your appearance and self-confidence. Clothes will fit and look better and you’ll feel more confident and comfortable in your own skin. These procedures are popular with both men and women, and are ideal for anyone who:

  • Is dealing with stretched and sagging skin and muscles after pregnancy
  • Has lost weight through diet and exercise, but your abdomen still lacks tone
  • Have lost a significant amount of weight, but now needs to address loose, excess skin around your belly
  • Have always been in good shape, but simply can’t get the firm, flat tone in the abdomen that you’ve always wanted

As our satisfied clients will tell you, a tummy tuck can help you achieve the flatter, contoured abdomen that you’ve always wanted but never thought you could have.

What Can a Tummy Tuck Improve?

People seek tummy tucks for a wide variety of reasons, both cosmetic and medical. If you need to restore your figure or address issues that are causing you pain, it can be tremendously helpful. Some of the benefits include:

Improved abdominal toneA tummy tuck will flatten and shape your abdomen, which will make your clothing fit better and look better on you.

Improved posture – After extreme weight loss or multiple pregnancies, stomach muscles can expand, making the belly stick out more. A tummy tuck tightens these weak muscles, while removing excess skin, to flatten the abdomen. After a tummy tuck, patients may notice that their posture has greatly improved because of the tightened muscles supporting their spine.

Decreased back painBack pain is another common issue that can be treated with a tummy tuck. After significant weight loss or pregnancy, women may complain of back pain due to weakened stomach muscles. In flattening the abdomen and removing excess stomach fat, the result is abdominal support that can alleviate your back pain.

Reduction of stress urinary incontinence – After a vaginal birth, some women can develop Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI), where urine leaks out with pressure on the bladder and urethra, causing the sphincter muscles to open. This leakage can be brought on by exercising, coughing, sneezing, or laughing.

While SUI can usually be treated without surgery. Studies have shown that a tummy tuck can aid some women in recovery, especially in those who have not had a caesarian section. During a tummy tuck, a slight bladder obstruction is created using soft tissue near the pelvic region, which reduces incontinence.

Corrected ventral hernia – A ventral hernia is a bulge of tissues through an opening of weakness within the abdominal wall muscles. It may occur at any location in the abdominal wall. This hernia may develop for an array of reasons, including abdominal weakness resulting from extreme weight loss, a cesarean section, or an appendectomy. A tummy tuck can correct a ventral hernia by addressing weakened abdominal muscles and reducing pressure on the skin.

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Average Cost: $6,253
Recovery Time: ~ 6 – 4 weeks
Average Procedure Time: 1 – 5 hours
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Frequently Asked Questions About Tummy Tuck Surgery

Are you considering getting a tummy tuck? Dr. Ali Sadeghi serves patients from across Louisiana, and he is ready to help you achieve the look that you desire. Contact his knowledgeable team at our office in Metairie to schedule a consultation, and read some of our frequently asked questions below.

Is a tummy tuck painful?

Tummy tucks have historically been one of the more painful operations that plastic surgeons performed. However, in recent years, the development of new ways of controlling pain has helped a lot. One important development is long-lasting anesthetics that provide significant pain control for up to 3 days without the need of a tube. Pain control means that less narcotic pain medicine will be required, thus, less chance of a reaction to the drugs.

How long will swelling last, and do I need drains?

Tummy tucks have historically been one of the more painful operations that plastic surgeons performed. However, in recent years, the development of new ways of controlling pain has helped a lot. One important development is long-lasting anesthetics that provide significant pain control for up to 3 days without the need of a tube. Pain control means that less narcotic pain medicine will be required, thus, less chance of a reaction to the drugs.

Will the results last?

Yes. As long as your weight remains stable, tummy tucks are usually a “one and done” procedure. While your skin will age over the decades, it typically never gets back to the looseness that you may have experienced prior to the tummy tuck.

Will a tummy tuck help my stretch marks?

That depends on the severity of the stretch marks and where they are located. Tummy tucks typically do improve the appearance of stretch marks. A full tummy tuck removes most of the skin in the lower abdomen, and stretch marks in this region will be removed along with the loose skin.

Can I get pregnant after a tummy tuck?

Yes, all the sutures used dissolve and will not prevent you from having a normal pregnancy. However, it is recommended that patients who are done having children consider a tummy tuck, so they don’t lose the benefits of the surgery.

What Complementary Procedures Do You Offer?

Additional procedures can dramatically enhance the results of your tummy tuck procedure. These include breast lift, breast augmentation, breast reduction, liposuction, and thigh lifts.

To learn more about the procedures, Dr. Sadeghi would be happy to meet with you during a consultation. Contact the Sadeghi Center for Plastic Surgery today to schedule your appointment.

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