Darrell L. Henderson, MD performs tummy tucks on patients in Lafayette, LA, who have excess abdominal skin as a result of a significant weight loss, multiple pregnancies, or simply aging. 

What is a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is a plastic surgery procedure to tighten tummy or abdominal skin and to make the belly flat.

Benefits of a Tummy Tuck

  • Improved body contour
  • Reduction of stretch marks
  • Increased self-esteem

A tummy tuck is not a substitute for weight loss. Patients who wish to lose weight and women planning to get pregnant are advised to postpone this type of surgery.

Tummy Tuck Procedure

Generally, a horizontal incision is placed just within or above the pubic area. When patients have loose skin above the navel, the plastic surgeon may make an incision around the navel so that redundant skin above it can be pulled down. The procedure may include tightening of the underlying abdominal muscles using sutures.

Since a tummy tuck is a significant surgical procedure, you will stay overnight so our medical staff can carefully monitor your condition.

Preparing for a Tummy Tuck

In preparing for tummy tuck surgery, you may be asked to:

  • Get lab testing or a medical evaluation
  • Take certain medications or adjust your current medications
  • Stop smoking
  • Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding

Tummy Tuck Recovery

Recovery time varies among individuals, but in many instances patients can resume most normal activities, including some mild form of exercise, after a few weeks. As your abdomen heals, you may feel sensations of tightening or pulling. This is a regular part of your skin adjusting to your new tummy. You should avoid any activities that may stretch your abdominal area.

What Does a Tummy Tuck Cost?

We accept most insurance plans and we offer financing options through CareCredit®. The total cost depends on the procedure. After your consultation appointment, we give you a total cost that includes anesthesia, pre- and post-operative care, and other associated costs.  To learn more, call our office today.

Is a Tummy Tuck Right for Me?

Good tummy tuck candidates:

  • Physically healthy
  • Leading an active lifestyle
  • Within 25 pounds of their ideal weight
  • Non smokers
  • Emotionally healthy
  • Have a positive outlook and realistic expectations

What to Expect During your Consultation

We believe exceptional patient care is a right, not a privilege. Several areas will be covered during your consultation, including:

  • Your medical history
  • Discussion of your concerns and goals
  • Explanation of procedure and expected results
  • Customized treatment plan(s)
  • Applicable fees and financing information

Darrell L. Henderson, MD offers cosmetic treatments using the latest medical advances to patients in entire Acadiana region, including New Iberia, Abbeville, Lake Charles, Alexandria, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Shreveport, and Monroe. For your private consultation, contact our office today.


Darrell Henderson, MD
401 North College Road, Suite 3
Lafayette, LA 70506
Phone: 337-385-5836
Fax: 337-233-5054

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