About Tummy Tucks
If you are considering a tummy tuck or a mommy makeover like the many women and men that have visited us from New Orleans, Metairie, Houma, Baton Rouge, Mandeville, Covington and beyond please come in for a free consultation. We have an exceptional team of board-certified plastic surgeons. Dr. Elliott Black and Dr. Summer Black can correct your protruding abdomen resulting from weak muscles or excess skin and fat with tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) surgery. This procedure is especially a great option for men or male body builders who are looking to enhance their masculine figure. Although many male patients typically have a chiseled tummy, some men are unable to obtain a flat abdomen from diet and exercise alone. This surgical procedure is not, of course, a substitute for weight loss, but it can give you a tighter, smoother abdomen once you are at or near your goal weight. You may have stubborn fat or hanging skin that has not responded to diet and exercise, and have run out of options to get the body shape you have worked so hard for with your food choices, or in the gym.
You may need a full abdominoplasty to get your best results, or if you only have trouble in your lower stomach, often called a "pooch," a mini or modified tummy tuck may be all you need. During your consultation, we will discuss your body concerns and what you hope to achieve from tummy tuck surgery before creating your best treatment plan. We will also take a medical history, perform a complete physical, and take before and after photographs to monitor your progress from start to finish. Call and schedule your first appointment in our Metairie, LA office today.
What A Tummy Tuck Won't Do
Unfortunately, this procedure is not a substitute for weight loss or a regular exercise program. The results of your tummy tuck can be eliminated by significant fluctuations in your overall weight. Keeping this in mind, individuals considering substantial weight loss should postpone a tummy tuck until they are at or near their goal weight. A tummy tuck cannot eliminate all stretch marks but these marks may be visually improved if they are pulled tighter. The stretch marks that are situated on the areas of excess skin that will be excised will be removed. We can also recommend other noninvasive laser treatments to help the visibility of these stretch marks. All you have to do is schedule a consultation with Dr. Elliott Black or Dr. Summer Black to learn more.
Tummy Tuck Reviews
"Dr. Eileen Summer Black is such a rare Dr. in this world. She is incredibly skilled, always available (on a personal level as well), patience and answers every question, goes beyond her duties to help you and give you information, she is so sweet and caring. My experience was made by her to be so easy and painless. She is an amazing Dr. Just wish I had found her a long time ago! I am so happy and pleased with the entire staff in the office as well, everyone should get more than 5 stars....They are all superstars!"- K.S. / Google / Oct 18, 2019
"I just want to take a minute to thank Dr. Elliot & Summer Black for their talent & expertise. Their laid back demeanor immediately put me at ease and my whole surgery experience was way better than I ever imagined and beyond pleased with my results. This surgery was truly life changing for me and highly recommend Dr. Black plastic surgery for anyone seeking abdominoplasty. They beautifully erased over a decade of shame, embarrassment, and discomfort for which I am truly grateful. I want to thank you once more for what feels like a brand new life! Also want to add that Mrs. Patty is a gem and always easy to speak to when it comes to ANY questions. And last but not least, I cannot forget how amazing Crescent Surgery Center, where my surgery was performed. My whole experience was top notch from start to finish!"- N.A. / Google / May 04, 2022
"I just want to take a minute to thank Dr. Elliot & Summer Black for their talent & expertise. Their laid back demeanor immediately put me at ease and my whole surgery experience was way better than I ever imagined and beyond pleased with my results. This surgery was truly life changing for me and highly recommend Dr. Black plastic surgery for anyone seeking abdominoplasty. They beautifully erased a decade of shame, embarrassment, and discomfort for which I am truly grateful. I want to thank you once more for what feels like a brand new life! Also want to add that Mrs. Patty is a gem and always easy to speak to when it comes to ANY questions. And last but not least, I cannot forget how amazing Crescent Surgery Center, where my surgery was performed. My whole experience was top notch from start to finish! "- N.A. / Healthgrades / May 04, 2022
"Finally - I’ve been unhappy with my body for so many years, but when I entered my fifties things really took a turn for the worse. I’m a wife, mom of 2, grand mom of 3, am 52, 5’1”, 120 pounds and I’m very physically active. I hit the gym 3-5 times per week - mostly cardio - and of course none of that work could fix my low lying breasts or the loose, stretch marked skin on my flabby looking stomach. As we ladies do, there have been conversations between friends about wish lists. You know, if I could have anything done what would it be? Dr. Eileen Summer Black’s name came up quite a few times, as some of my friends had already had their wish lists fulfilled, and Dr. Black seemed to be well loved by all. I decided to go for it. I spoke to my wonderful husband, who by the way, thinks the whole idea of cosmetic surgery is crazy, and he was supportive even if he didn’t get it. My mom agreed to help me out at home while I recovered too. I met with Dr. Black and we made plans to do a breast lift without implants, a tummy tuck with muscle repair, and Lipo. My surgery was scheduled for 12/3. It’s now 12/6 and I’m 3 days out. I showered for the first time yesterday and as it was the first time I’ve taken off my post surgery bra, I finally saw my boobs. Wow, talk about perky! They are sitting high and are still swollen so I’m sure there will he changes in the coming months. I still have surgical tape on my TT incision and the drain is there as well. From what I can see my tummy is very swollen so I’m not making any judgements yet. Dr. Black has been wonderful. She’s checked in with me even though she’s on a family vacation. Seriously - her office is amazing. Everyone there is kind and compassionate. I do want to mention the pain. There has been absolutely no pain from my breast lift. And I’m serious - NONE. Now my stomach is another animal altogether. Yeow!! The pain is real. Luckily Dr. Black uses exparel to numb you up post surgery. It lasted about 48 hours then the fun began. I feel like a big baby. I knew there would be pain, but had no idea what it would feel like. It’s bad. I stopped taking prescription pain meds after the first day and am taking extra strength Tylenol now. As I still haven’t had a BM I just don’t want to make that any worse. I’ll be taking Miralax this morning and I’ll move around a little more today. I’ll post again soon. Also, thanks to all you wonderful ladies who’ve posted your experiences!"- T. / RealSelf / Dec 06, 2019
"Mini TT, Breast Lift, Lipo for Fat Transfer and Mons Lift - My procedure was performed by Dr. Elliot Black, He is straight to the point and blunt. I love his honesty and felt extremely comfortable with him as my surgeon. I had originally wanted Breast Implants but Dr. Elliot explained the risks of implants vs using my own body fat to enhance my breasts. He even gives you his personal cell phone number and encourages you to call whenever you feel the need. He answers promptly and is very down easy to talk to. I had scheduled other consults with 2 other doctors. I saw Dr. Elliot first and cancelled the other 2. I decided that I wanted Dr. Black as my PS after our initial consultation. No need to look further! I also adore his daughter Dr. Summer and had originally requested her , but Patti explained that Dr. Elliot would be the one for me. I didn't ask why. I met Dr. Summer on my consult and she added her opinion and suggestions. It was very nice having the two together. They make a great team!"- S. / RealSelf / Mar 03, 2020
Do I Qualify?
The best candidates for tummy tuck surgery are those in good health, and are at or near their desired weight. Age, weight, and smoking habits are considered when you meet with our doctors to discuss candidacy for abdominoplasty. Patients who exercise and eat a healthy diet will benefit the most from this procedure. Tummy tuck surgery should not be used as a form of weight loss, but as a means to remove extra skin and tone the midsection after having already met your weight loss goals. Good candidates for tummy tucks are men or women who experience:
- Excessive skin around the belly button
- A weakened abdominal wall (diastasis)
- Sagging or loosened skin on the abdomen
What to Expect
During the procedure, the surgeon will usually make a horizontal incision, typically between the belly button and pubic area to remove excess fat and tissue from the abdomen. If there is a diastasis (separation between the abdominal muscles) the fascia will be tightened. Should the belly button require moving, it will be brought out through a small incision and repositioned. Excess skin will also be removed and the incision along the pubic area will be stitched. The result of this procedure is a scar that usually falls near the bikini line for easy coverage. Patients can expect the procedure to take approximately 1.5-3 hours, depending on their size and aesthetic goals.
Following abdominoplasty, there will be some pain, swelling, and bruising around the abdomen and belly button for the first 10-14 days. Tubes may be used to drain the incision site of any blood and fluid for several days following the procedure. Some patients may be issued an antibiotic to help prevent infection. Patients will experience some abdominal pain, which is normal, and the swelling can take 6-12 weeks to subside. It is very important that patients are careful moving around the first few months following surgery. After the surgery, you should wear a compression garment to support the healing process for the first 3-6 weeks. You will be given post-operative care instructions and you can pre-schedule your follow up appointments to help you stay on track during your recovery process. You will need to rest for at least 7–10 days before returning to work, however, we encourage you to ambulate frequently after surgery to help prevent a blood clot or pulmonary embolism. Regular physical activities can be resumed within 6 – 8 weeks. In some patients, it may take 12-18 months for the swelling to completely subside and the scars to mature. You will need to schedule follow up appointments at our office periodically for progress checks.
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Flat, Toned Abs
If you want to attain a flatter, more attractive stomach and have tried a healthy diet and exercise, a tummy tuck may help get you to your desired results. Tummy tuck surgery at Dr. Black Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery can help you with the confidence you need to walk the beach without a cover-up and show off the body that you’ve worked so hard to attain. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Black today, and learn how a tummy tuck can transform your figure.