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Tummy Tuck in Baton Rouge

A tummy tuck (or abdominoplasty) is the ideal procedure for improving the natural contours of the body and enhancing the appearance of the abdomen so that it has a toned, sleek, and attractive look. A tummy tuck is commonly performed on women once they have finished having children but can also help men attain a flatter and tighter-looking stomach. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Freel strives to offer the best tummy tuck results Baton Rouge has to offer.

Breast Reduction Before and After
Breast Reduction Before and After

How a Tummy Tuck is Performed

The tummy tuck procedure involves several steps. It features the removal of excess fat from the abdomen using liposuction, surgical excision of excess sagging abdominal skin and tightening of the abdominal muscles by suturing them together to create a toned and flat-looking stomach. The end result is a more youthful, slimmer, and tighter stomach.

The procedure usually takes 2-3 hours depending on the amount of excess tissue that needs to be removed from the abdomen to correct the problem areas.


Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!

“Dr. Freel and his staff are AMAZING! They made me feel completely comfortable and excited about my surgery. I had a mommy makeover which consisted of a breast lift and a tummy tuck. He was very informative throughout the entire process, and went above and beyond when it came to answering questions from a very nervous mom! As for my results, OMG!! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!! My recovery was quicker and less painful then anticipated and it continues to get better each day. This is one of the best things I have ever done for myself and I cannot imagine having any type of work done anywhere, but with Dr. Freel. I have the utmost respect for this amazing doctor.”

– E.C.

Ideal Candidate for Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

The ideal candidate for a tummy tuck is a patient who is at or close to their goal body weight but still unhappy with the appearance of their figure because of the excess loose skin and stubborn pockets of fat on their abdomen. Individuals with loose abdominal muscles that have become separated can correct these issues by undergoing a tummy tuck.

Tummy tucks are more commonly performed on women (but they can be performed in men). This is because pregnancy can cause a number of issues with the abdomen that require a tummy tuck to correct. In many cases, the abdominal muscles can become stretched and separated which makes it nearly impossible to attain a flat-looking stomach without surgery. Many women often choose to undergo a tummy tuck after their pregnancy as a way to regain comfort with their appearance.

If you do plan on receiving a tummy tuck, you should wait until after you are finished having children to undergo the procedure. Having a child after your procedure can jeopardize your results, which means additional surgeries may be required. It is also recommended that you commit to living a lifestyle that will help you maintain your ideal weight, as weight gain can negatively affect the results of your tummy tuck.

Recovering from a Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck is performed on an outpatient basis, meaning that the patient can go home the day of surgery with no need to spend the night in the hospital. Recovery typically takes 2-3 weeks, with avoidance of heavy lifting for 6 weeks. Swelling and bruising will occur, and the bruising and swelling will completely subside after 3 months. Pain can be managed with medication.

Can I diet and exercise to avoid a Tummy Tuck?

The unfortunate truth is that dieting and exercise are rarely enough on their own to correct the appearance of the abdomen. Some people struggle for years to get rid of stubborn abdominal fat using traditional methods of fat reduction. Even procedures like liposuction may not be enough because there may be other problems besides the presence of excess fat.

In many cases, there is usually excess skin (especially after having children) that will not tighten with diet and exercise alone. Also, the stomach muscles are usually widened after having children and can only be tightened with surgery. The only way to tighten loose skin and stretched-out abdominal muscles is to undergo a surgical procedure like a tummy tuck.

Can I perform another procedure at the same time as a Tummy Tuck?

Yes! A Tummy Tuck is often combined with other cosmetic procedures for more comprehensive results. Some procedures commonly performed along with a tummy tuck include breast procedures like a breast lift or breast augmentation to correct both the breasts and abdomen at the same time with one recovery.

A tummy tuck can also be performed as a part of a mommy makeover. When you come in for your consultation, Dr. Freel can let you know which combination of procedures can help you reach your body goals.

How Much Will My Tummy Tuck Cost?

The exact price of your tummy tuck in Baton Rouge will depend on the extent of the worker required, the techniques used, and other factors like anesthesia fees. Cost and payment options for your tummy tuck can be discussed during your consultation.

Tummy Tuck Before-and-After Gallery

If you would like to see some of the tummy tuck results that Dr. Freel has provided, please visit our tummy tuck before-and-after gallery.

To view a video about tummy tucks, click here.

I am ready for Tummy Tuck Surgery. What is the next step?

Are you unhappy with the appearance of your stomach and feel that abdominoplasty is the right procedure for helping you reach your body goals? If so, call (225) 432-0000 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Freel for your Tummy Tuck consultation in Baton Rouge, or click here to schedule a consultation online!