Tummy Tuck FAQ

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Body contouring procedures can help men and women get a slimmer physique. In many cases, patients aren’t sure exactly what procedure is the best way to achieve their goals. Your doctor may recommend an abdominoplasty, which is often called a tummy tuck. In Austin, TX, at Synergy Plastic Surgery, our board-certified plastic surgeons are asked many questions during consultations. They have answered some of the most common questions here.

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Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
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Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

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Before & After Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) Case 112 View #1 View in Round Rock, TX
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Case #112

This woman, age 37, came to our practice for a full tummy tuck combined with breast reduction in Austin. Her post-op results speak for themselves. The "after" photos were taken about 3 months out from surgery. Read More
Before & After Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) Case 230 View #1 View in Round Rock, TX
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Case #230

This patient came to see Dr. Kerr at his Austin, Texas plastic surgery clinic to discuss abdominal rejuvenation.Dr. Kerr met with her for about an hour during her initial visit where he discussed options to improve the contour and appearance of her abdomen. Ultimately he recommended a tummy tuck with liposuction of the abdomen.H... Read More
Before & After Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) Case 292 View #1 View in Round Rock, TX
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Case #292

This 33-year-old patient came to see Dr. Kerr at his cosmetic practice with concerns about her excess abdominal fat and skin. She had heard that a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) could provide a more youthful and fit appearance to her body.She chose Dr. Kerr as he had come highly recommended by other friends and family of hers. Many women... Read More
Before & After Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) Case 33 View #1 View in Round Rock, TX
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Case #33

This 33-year-old female wanted to transform her abdomen and breasts following pregnancy as part of a mommy makeover package. After having her four children she was left with a stomach that looked deflated and breasts that had lost their fullness. Like many Austin, Texas, area women she decided to schedule a complimentary consultation with our do... Read More
Before & After Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) Case 205 View #1 View in Round Rock, TX
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Case #205

This 33-year-old female wanted to rejuvenate her abdomen following multiple pregnancies which left her with loose skin and poor muscle tone. Like many Austin, Texas area women she decided to schedule a complimentary consultation with our doctors to see what options were available.During her consultation, it was pointed out that a full... Read More

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

How can I tell if I need a tummy tuck or liposuction?

Determining whether you need a tummy tuck or liposuction depends on whether your concern centers around excess skin or excess fat.

  • Liposuction is an excellent procedure for removing pockets of fat if you have good skin elasticity, meaning your skin will contract once the fat is removed.
  • Tummy tuck removes excess skin that has been stretched by weight gain or pregnancy and has lost elasticity. It also repairs stretched and separated abdominal muscles that can cause a tummy bulge.

Combining the 2 procedures is common if you have both excess skin and fat. These options are also often combined with breast enhancement surgery in an operation known as a Mommy Makeover.

Can I have a tummy tuck if I’m 25 pounds overweight?

A tummy tuck is not weight loss surgery. Our plastic surgeons advise patients to be within 10 pounds of their optimal body weight before undergoing tummy tuck surgery. To reduce the chances of complications, they also want patients to reach a body mass index (BMI) of 35 or less before the surgery.

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How much does a tummy tuck cost?

At our Austin practice, the cost for a tummy tuck ranges from $9,500 to $12,500. The final cost depends on multiple factors, including the extent of your surgery (e.g., mini or full tummy tuck), whether you decide to combine it with other procedures, and fees for anesthesia and the use of the surgical facility. During your consultation, we will provide you with a written quote that outlines the cost of your tummy tuck after you and your surgeon have discussed all the particulars of your procedure.

How soon after a tummy tuck can I begin exercising?

It’s important to begin light activity within a day of your operation to aid the healing process. You shouldn’t return to the gym, however, until 6 weeks after the surgery. Even then, it’s important to gradually return to your normal workout routine. That will probably take another 2 weeks. You shouldn’t do abdominal exercises or core training for at least 2 months. Some patients who feel fine begin vigorous exercise earlier, only to find out a couple of days later that they overdid it.

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Do scars from a tummy tuck go away?

While tummy tuck scars do not go away, most are very low on the abdomen so they are hidden by a bikini or underwear. You should also remember that scars fade; although, it can take 6 to 12 months for scars to soften, lose color, and flatten out. Our plastic surgeons are body contouring specialists who make incisions that will leave the most inconspicuous scar possible. Our medical team can give you advice on products and ways to care for your scars so they heal quickly and beautifully.

Can a tummy tuck erase pregnancy stretch marks?

A tummy tuck removes excess skin and can get rid of stretch marks below your belly button. Stretch marks above the belly button can’t be removed, but they may be less noticeable through repositioning.



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Should I have a mini or full tummy tuck?

A mini tummy tuck removes a relatively small amount of loose abdominal skin below the belly button, and it doesn’t tighten the stomach muscles. If you’ve had children, a complete tummy tuck is probably the better choice.

Are you ready to find out how a tummy tuck can improve your appearance? Request a consultation online with one of our experienced plastic surgeons or call our office in Austin or Round Rock at  (512) 244-1439. We serve patients from Austin and neighboring Texas communities such as Cedar Park, Killeen, Leander, and Pflugerville.