Tummy Tuck Specialist

Donald A. Balder, MD, FACS -  - Bariatric Surgeon

Mississippi Institute of Weight Loss Surgery

Donald A. Balder, MD, FACS

Bariatric Surgeon located in Gulfport, MS & Hattiesburg, MS

Are you in good physical shape and eat a healthy diet, but don’t have a trim belly to show for it? A tummy tuck courtesy of Dr. Donald Balder can quickly and easily remove that excess flab and let you look how you feel. If you want to know more about how a tummy tuck can improve your figure, call the offices of Mississippi Institute of Weight Loss Surgery -- located in Gulfport and Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and Slidell, Louisiana -- to schedule an appointment or book your consultation online.

Tummy Tuck Q & A

How does a tummy tuck work?

During a tummy tuck, Dr. Balder removes excess skin and fat from the abdominal area, resulting in a flatter, more toned appearance. A tummy tuck is purely a cosmetic procedure and does not reduce bodily weight.

Who is a good candidate for a tummy tuck?

As a cosmetic procedure, anyone concerned about the looks of their abdomen is a good candidate for a tummy tuck. Tummy tucks work best if you’re in good physical shape, at a stable weight, and don’t smoke.

Is a tummy tuck dangerous?

A tummy tuck procedure carries a few minor to moderate risks, including:

  • Fluid accumulation underneath the skin post surgery.
  • Poor wound healing.
  • Some light scarring.
  • Changes in skin sensation, including temporary numbness.
  • Tissue necrosis.


As a surgical procedure, a tummy tuck carries with it risks typically associated with surgery, such as bleeding, infection, and reactions to anesthesia.

What can I expect during a tummy tuck procedure?

Before surgery, Dr. Balder will administer general anesthesia for your comfort. He makes an incision between the belly button and pubic hairline. After removing any excess fat and adjusting abdominal muscles, Dr. Balder pulls down your abdominal skin and trims any excess skin remaining.

In many cases, Dr. Balder will also install drains into the surgical area to reduce fluid buildup. After the procedure, Dr. Balder sutures the incision. The whole operation takes around three hours and is an inpatient affair.

When can I go back to work after a tummy tuck?

Most people can expect to return to work following a tummy tuck within two weeks.

But if you have a job that's physically demanding, Dr. Balder may advise waiting longer before returning. If you receive drains as part of your tummy tuck, you might wait until Dr. Balder removes them before returning to work.

You should avoid exercise, stretching, and other strenuous physical activities in the weeks following your procedure. Full recovery can take up to six weeks, but you should seek clearance with Dr. Balder before returning to prior physical activities.

If you think a tummy tuck can give you the looks you’ve been chasing after, give the offices of Mississippi Institute of Weight Loss Surgery a call or book your consultation online.