Tummy Tuck Baton Rouge

Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is the procedure of choice to remove excess fat and skin from the lower belly area – especially when diet and exercise aren’t helping.  Your surgeon will also work to tighten and tone a protruding, lax abdomen, which is often the result of pregnancy or massive weight loss. Your surgeon customizes the procedure to each patient’s specifications with the goal of achieving a well-toned, natural appearing abdominal contour. Although plastic surgery for a tummy tuck will effectively eliminate fat and tighten abdominal muscles, it is not a solution for weight loss. Your doctor will recommend that patients are at or near their ideal weight before having this treatment. If you intend to lose weight in the foreseeable future, the surgeon may recommend that you postpone the surgery.

Who is a Candidate for a Tummy Tuck in Baton Rouge?

During your initial consultation at our facility, the surgeon will take your health and medical history, cosmetic goals and expectations into consideration and let you know whether this procedure is for you. Generally, though, good candidates for tummy tucks in Louisiana are men or women who:

  • Have been unable to achieve their desired abdominal appearance via diet and exercise
  • Have excess fat and hanging skin
  • Have loose abdominal skin or stretched muscles (usually as a result of pregnancy)
  • Want to get rid of unsightly skin and fat in the abdominal areas in order to achieve a more flattering appearance

Although plastic surgery for a tummy tuck will effectively eliminate fat and tighten abdominal muscles, it is not a solution for weight loss. Your doctor will recommend that patients are at or near their ideal weight before having this treatment. If you intend to lose weight in the foreseeable future, the surgeon may recommend that you postpone the surgery.

Benefits of a Tummy Tuck in Baton Rouge

A tummy tuck is a cosmetic surgery procedure designed to remove excess skin and fat while also tightening underlying muscles in the lower belly. When undergoing a tummy tuck, LA patients experience the following benefits:

  • Removed stretch marks – Because your tummy tuck entails the removal of excess loose skin in the abdominal area, this automatically takes care of stretch marks.
  • Removed stubborn fat – Many patients who have achieved healthy weight are left with patches of stubborn fat that won’t improve with diet and exercise alone. Your tummy tuck surgeon typically uses liposuction to get rid of this persistent fat and produce a better-defined midsection.
  • Tighter abdominal muscles – Weight gain, pregnancy, and natural aging can take their toll on abdominal muscles – causing them to be stretched and separated. These loose muscles will then cause a permanently protruding abdomen that is nearly impossible to repair via exercise. During the surgery, your doctor will repair these muscles and return them to their initial location, creating a well-toned midsection appearance.
  • Improved confidence – saggy skin, weak muscles, and excess fat in the belly area can cause embarrassment and negatively impact a person’s self-confidence. In order to achieve the best tummy tuck Louisiana patients can hope for, your surgeon eliminates all these problems and achieves a flatter (more attractive) abdominal contour that will give you a confidence boost.

Types of Tummy Tucks

We offer 3 different types of tummy tucks to choose from, depending on the needs of each patient.

Mini Tummy Tuck

This procedure is performed when only a small amount of fatty tissue and excess skin needs to be removed below the belly button. A mini tummy tuck is a great procedure choice for patients whose exercise and diet efforts have plateaued, leaving a small “pooch” just below the belly button. The surgeon will make a minimal incision above the pubic area and use it to get rid of the excess fat and skin.

Full Tummy Tuck

This is a more comprehensive procedure involving a horizontal incision between the hip bones. The surgeon will also create an additional incision around the navel. The goal of this procedure is to remove excess skin and use liposuction to contour the abdomen. Stretched or separated belly muscles are also tightened. This type of tummy tuck is very common, particularly with women who have undergone pregnancy or childbearing.

Extended Tummy Tuck

An extended tummy tuck is meant for patients who need a significant amount of fatty tissue and skin eliminated from their lower abdominal area, hip, or ‘love handle’ areas. The surgeon will create an incision around the navel and between the hip bones, extending all the way into the lower back in order to remove large amounts of unwanted fat and excess skin from the flanks, thighs, and abdomen. This type of invasive procedure is common for patients who are looking for a well-toned abdominal appearance after massive weight loss.


Your Tummy Tuck Procedure

A tummy tuck is an outpatient procedure that is usually performed under general anesthesia and takes 2 – 5 hours to complete. Your Baton Rouge tummy tuck surgeon performs this surgery in his state-of-the-art, in-office operating room. He works with a team of highly experienced support staff to ensure optimal patient care and safety.

The precise surgical procedure – including the incision placement and extent of tissue removal – will be determined based on the patient’s unique requirements. During your initial consultation, Dr. Ruston Sanchez will examine your midsection skin, fat deposits, and muscle. If you need minor cosmetic surgery to remove small amounts of excess skin and fat, a mini tummy tuck may be ideal. Most patients, however, require a total tummy tuck with liposuction in order to attain the desired cosmetic outcome.

How much does a tummy tuck cost in Baton Rouge?

The cost of a tummy tuck in Baton Rouge may vary between $4,000 and $16,700, depending on the tuck the patient needs. A tummy tuck in Baton Rouge’s cost will not only vary depending on factors such as the primary surgical methods but also facility fees. Mini tummy tucks can cost as little as $4,000. More involving full abdominoplasty (such as a total tummy tuck) can go up to $16,700 in procedure cost.

Tummy Tuck Consultation

A thorough tummy tuck consultation should be a two-way street. During it, you and Dr. Ruston should openly discuss your goals, expectations, and concerns about the procedure.

1. Do your research. It’s beneficial to research tummy tucks beforehand. Understand the types (mini, full, extended), the recovery process, and potential risks. This will help you ask informed questions during your consultation with Dr. Ruston.

2. Prepare your questions. Write down a list of questions about the surgery so you do not leave the consultation with looming questions you wish you asked Dr. Ruston.

During your consultation, Dr. Ruston will demonstrate his expertise in tummy tuck procedures with before-and-after photos of the various options. This will help you have realistic expectations. He will also discuss the cost of the tummy tuck that will best suit your needs and financing options with you.

Average Cost

$4,000 to $10,000

Average Recovery Time

Varies per patient

Average Procedure Time

2 – 5 Hours

Why Choose Dr. Ruston Sanchez for Your Tummy Tuck in Baton Rouge?

Dr. Ruston Sanchez is a board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in tummy tucks. He is also an award-winning plastic surgeon (Layton F. Rikkers Education Award) who has authored countless presentations and publications. He has performed numerous beautiful tummy tucks, which has led women to seek him out for his artistic skills for abdominoplasty. His 5-star reviews span the internet for his beautiful tummy tucks and exceptional bedside manner. 


How much will this procedure cost?
The cost of abdominoplasty in Baton Rouge is influenced by factors such as the extent of the surgery, surgeon experience, and facility costs. During your initial consultation visit at our surgical facility, our team will create a total cost breakdown.
Is abdominoplasty a safe procedure?
Thanks to advances in the field of plastic surgery, abdominoplasty is safer today than it has ever been. Plastic surgeons no longer need to use long-lasting numbing agents that were common in the past. Pre-op measures help minimize the risk of complications and more than 90% of patients are satisfied with the outcome of the procedure.
What will scarring look like?

Scarring is inevitable after a tummy tuck and any other surgical procedure for that matter. However, your surgeon uses the smallest possible incisions in order to achieve the desired results while minimizing scarring. The surgeon will also provide post-op scar care tips that can help make scars less visible over time.

Can I get pregnant after abdominoplasty?
Since getting pregnant after a tummy tuck will negate the amazing results of the procedure, it is recommended that you wait until you have finished building your family before receiving this procedure. Nevertheless, if you do get pregnant after abdominoplasty, future surgery may be possible to help achieve the same benefits.

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