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

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Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) Case 33 Before & After View #1 | Round Rock, TX | Synergy Plastic Surgery
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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 doctor... Read More
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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 tummy... Read More
Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) Case 230 Before & After View #1 | Round Rock, TX | Synergy Plastic Surgery
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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.Her results... Read More
Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) Case 292 Before & After View #1 | Round Rock, TX | Synergy Plastic Surgery
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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 who... Read More
Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) Case 112 Before & After View #1 | Round Rock, TX | Synergy Plastic Surgery
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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

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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5.0/5
Jul 21, 2021
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Margaret, Dr. Crawford's patient coordinator, is the BEST in the business. I have had several consults for my breast reduction, and even had a surgery date scheduled (with non-refundable deposit) with another surgeon, and have decided to move my surgery to Dr. Crawford before I've even met her face to face, thanks to Margaret's incredible service (and lots of research!). I feel so comfortable proceeding with surgery with this team and am ecstatic to see my results!
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5.0/5
Jul 14, 2021
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Margaret (patient coordinator) is THE most helpful person I have ever worked with in this industry. I had a breast reduction scheduled with a deposit at another surgeon, but after speaking to Margaret about having another procedure done at Synergy, I have decided to move the surgery to the Dr that she suggested. Not to mention, she answered my emails at 10:30pm with no hesitation!
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5.0/5
Apr 23, 2021
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Hopefully, I can express how absolutely pleased I’ve been with Synergy. Dr. Blagg must be the best BA surgeon in the country. I was blown away by the before and after results before I met with him. But he performed what I can only equate to a miracle on me personally. Beforehand, I met with other top surgeons in Austin, and they all truly pale in comparison to Dr. Blagg. From start to finish, he was caring and confident, arguably the two best characteristics of a surgeon, and he delivered results that exceeded every expectation. The frequent follow ups and wonderfully thoughtful nurses will make you feel more welcome than your own home. And I definitely cannot fail to mention one of the nurses in particular, Mariah Gilkey. She is a pure ray of sunshine that will shower you with so many compliments, you’ll be questioning if you even need surgery. She, specifically, made the entire experience exponentially better than I could’ve imagined. My only regret with Synergy is that, despite whatever I’ve paid them, I’ll never be able to adequately repay the life-changing results that they’ve given me. Thank you.
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5.0/5
Mar 27, 2021
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recommended one hundred percent Dr. Bechanick is incredible she did an excellent job on me I was delighted
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Mar 24, 2021
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Great place , Got breast augmentation Sep of 2020 and I’m in love with my results. Dr. Ross Blagg and staff are amazing .
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5.0/5
Mar 17, 2021
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If I could give more stars, I would. Dr. Crawford and her team are amazing. From start to finish, everything went so well. I’m almost 4 months post of a BA, I am so happy I went with Dr. Crawford’s recommendation. She is honest, respectful of your concerns and questions and I felt extremely confident after my consultation. I am pretty petite and 265CC was a perfect fit for me! From the consultations, to surgery 10/10. I would highly recommend Synergy Plastic Surgery! Thank you Dr. Crawford for your amazing skills and personality! Thank you!
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5.0/5
Mar 6, 2021
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I’m super impressed with Synergy Plastic Surgery’s ability to listen and sympathize with their patients. My Patient coordinator, Margaret, has helped me tremendously with my surgery process and treats me as if I’m her own daughter. She is personable, and does everything in her power to make every patient feel taken care of. I called her struggling with some concerns of mine and she completely eased my stress and worries. My surgeon, Dr. Crawford, has a heart of gold and unmeasurable compassion. It’s truly admirable to have a doctor that is already putting so much time into her own busy job then to still dedicate time to volunteer and community work. I’ve watched her through social media change the life of children and others, and that makes me proud to call her my doctor. I’m excited to continue my surgical journey with Dr. Crawford!
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5.0/5
Feb 25, 2021
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I chose Synergy a few years ago to perform my breast augmentation procedure because when I was looking at their website before and after photos, not only did I like the way the patients looked after their surgeries, it was the one website that had someone monitoring the site and popped up and asked if I had any questions. They also had an awesome special running and were super nice when I called to ask for more details as several other places were not that I called. I decided to book a consultation with Dr. Ross Blagg because I watched some of his videos on the site and also on Instagram and really liked his personality and after photos. He seemed to really know what he was talking about and cared about his patients. He was the same way when I met him in person and I put the deposit down that day after our consultation. It took me almost two years to finally go through with my surgery due to life events and the pandemic, but I was finally ready in Nov 2020 and they even honored the price I was originally quoted! The nursing staff was so nice and warm when I arrived for my surgery and got me calm and ready for my surgery. I was nervous but not scared because I knew I was in good hands. The surgery was so quick and when I woke up I had very minimal pain and felt like I was ready to go within 20 minutes! The pain the next few days was no where near what I imagined it would be, and I definitely recommend this surgery with Synergy Plastic Surgery if you are feeling hesitant about breast augmentation in general. They will be the best ones to take care of you. It has been almost 4 months since my surgery now and I absolutely love my results! They are almost completely dropped now and my scars are also less apparent already! I can't wait to show them off at the beach soon!! 😀
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5.0/5
Feb 24, 2021
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Where to even begin in expressing how utterly happy I am to have discovered Synergy and Dr. Crawford. I recently lost 95 pounds and unfortunately was left with loose skin that could not be fixed just by working out. I requested in person consultations from 3 places, one being Synergy. I was able to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Crawford very quickly. My problem areas were my arms, stomach, legs, and breasts. Immediately within meeting Dr. Crawford, I knew she was going to be my surgeon. She was extremely thorough, listened to what I was wanting to achieve, but was also very kind and empathic. Walking out of the appointment I did tell them full disclosure I wanted to at least follow through with my other consultations, but I knew I was going to choose Dr. Crawford. My other consultations did not give me that same connection and warmth, and their pricing was absolutely not comparable. The staff at Synergy continued to follow up with me, made sure I did not have any questions, and even told me if I went elsewhere they were happy for me. Side bar - both the Round Rock and Austin facilities are beautiful and very clean, and every single employee there is kind and courteous. It was a no brainer in ultimately deciding to choose Dr. Crawford. I opted to do a breast augmentation, tummy tuck, and arm lift and am now 2 weeks post op. The morning of surgery I got extremely nervous (which is so not normal for me) and Dr. Crawford just sat with me and let me take as much time as I needed before we proceeded with surgery - another moment in which her qualities as not only a surgeon but as a person far exceeded my expectations. Dr. Crawford has continued to follow up with me throughout these 2 weeks and I genuinely cannot express how thrilled I am with the results already. Recovery has been a breeze (I was literally walking on my own day 1), my incisions are as flawless as they can be all things considered and I accredit that to Dr. Crawford’s talent and precision. I already have this newfound sense of confidence that I lost when I had gained the weight, and even when I lost it and had to face that new body I was left with. To anyone reading this, save yourself the time and book with Dr. Crawford. The pricing is fair and less than the other places I spoke to. You are not, I repeat you are NOT going to find someone like her elsewhere. She is so genuine, and really listens and cares about her patients. Aside from being the most genuine and kind Doctor I have ever had, her work is absolutely flawless. I really cannot stress enough, even without being fully healed how amazing I look and feel. This was one of the best things I have ever done, and would do it 100 times over, with Dr. Crawford, and Dr. Crawford only. I am very much looking forward to booking my leg lift as soon as I am healed and cleared, and would never even consider another person. Dr. Crawford, thank you for everything; you have literally changed my life and are my angel. P.S - Synergy and Dr. Crawford have not asked me to leave a review. I am doing this because her talent, work, personality, just everything about her deserves this and to anyone shopping around or are on the fence, do yourself the favor and meet with her. You will not regret it!
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5.0/5
Feb 11, 2021
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I highly recommend Synergy Plastic Surgery! The staff is always very nice and helpful. The office is always super clean! I was lucky enough to find Dr. Blagg and couldnt have been any happier with the outcome! Very great bedside manner, very patient and listens to you. He also pays very good attention to detail! Cant complain about one thing! I am very happy i went with Synergy!
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5.0/5
Dec 6, 2020
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BEST RESULTS I'VE EVER HAD! I went pensively to get Botox & fillers/lip injections at the referral of a friend who looks amazing. I have had Botox before at other places & because I have a small forehead, have ended up in tears with hooded eyes. Most of my deep wrinkles are in my forehead. My appt was with Mara & from the first moment I could tell this wasn't just a job for her. It's her passion. She listened to EVERYTHING I said (which was a lot), spent time really studying my face & clarifying what I had said I wanted to accomplish. I was adamant no drooping of my eyes but PLEASE try to get some of the wrinkles out of my forehead. And I was also very specific about my lips looking natural but filled back in. She explained everything to me, was honest about what she felt she could accomplish in one sitting & I have to tell you I am shocked & amazed at how awesome the results are!! I have received more compliments in the last few weeks about how great my skin looks, asking about my face cream, how rested I look, and how pretty my lipstick is. That tells me she did EXACTLY what I asked. Natural & subtle. And the deep wrinkles on my forehead are almost completely gone!! I cannot say enough how much I trust her with my face/skin. I am genuinely impressed with her skills & knowledge. I have referred friends who are just as picky as I am & will continue to refer people as I truly believe they will be just as pleased with their results. Thank you Mara & Synergy for taking years off my face & giving me back much needed confidence.
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5.0/5
Oct 15, 2020
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Where do I even begin?! I received 6 other consults throughout the U.S. for my MMO before going to Synergy. After loosing more than 120lbs, I had very unique needs but realistic expectations. Within minutes of meeting Dr. Blagg, I knew he was my surgeon! We spent nearly an hour discussing my options and ultimately coming up with a surgical plan that we both felt was best. (Not many surgeons do that!) From the consult, to pre-op, surgery and post-op, the experience was phenomenal. The day of surgery was a breeze from what I can remember lol. Dr. Blagg called me to check on me though I vaguely remember it because of the anesthesia and pain meds. My recovery was so easy. I was up and moving the next day with minimal assistance. I'm now 3 months post op and couldn't be happier with my results as they exceeded my expectations. Dr. Blagg has great bedside manner, a sense of humor and not bad on the eyes either. He is genuinely a good person and you feel that in his presence. Janice, his coordinator, is so sweet and informative. At every point of my journey, I felt safe (which is important in the current climate). I literally don't have a single bad thing to say which is unusual because I'm very critical. I'm so glad I trusted Dr. Blagg for my Mommy Makeover. I'll definitely be going back for all of my future cosmetic/plastics needs! If you're considering Synergy, do it, you won't regret it!
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5.0/5
Sep 9, 2020
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Staff and Dr. Kerr were great, and i love my breast augmentation results!
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5.0/5
Sep 8, 2020
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It’s wonderful place! Alicia Long the best from the best! I have been in the USA 9 years and she is first who made my lips perfect! She also made Botox for my twice. I’m so happy ! It’s amazing! Thank you so much!
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5.0/5
Jul 28, 2020
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I cannot say enough about the Team at Synergy Plastic Surgery! From the 1st phone calls and emails with Vlasta, to the virtual consultation with Dr. Kerr, my actual surgery, and the after care, everyone and everything was A+++! I had 6 other consults with surgeons in Houston Tx where I had my first augmentation and none of them even came close to the customer service and care Synergy provided. I went in for an implant exchange. I was so scared! It wasn't exciting for me like it was the 1st time in my early 20s lol!! But rest assured, the Synergy team did everything to make me feel SO comfortable! My pre op nurse, Tiffany was THE BEST! She administered the IV needle which was my biggest fear. Normally I would've cried and begged for the person to stop. I didn't even feel a thing! Carol administered the anesthesia and once again...I didn't feel a thing! Dr. Kerr gave me exactly what I asked for and I'm so thankful. I didn't even have a single bruise. If you're looking for the best pros in the business to give you gorgeous results AND quality customer care, Synergy is the place! Thank yall!
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5.0/5
Jul 17, 2020
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I’m over a month post-op and loving my results! My breast augmentation has given me so much more confidence and I highly recommend Dr. Kerr. Everyone at Synergy is so sweet and helpful. Such a great experience!
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5.0/5
Jun 2, 2020
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10 out of 10 recommend. Vlasta my coordinator was great with keeping in touch with me and rescheduling me throughout the crazy COVID19 ordeal. Dr.Kerr and the entire team were great. Surgery day went smoothly and my results are coming along nicely. 👌
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5.0/5
Apr 17, 2020
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Dr Kerr did my breast reduction and lift. I couldn’t be happier!!! He already knew exactly what my problem was and was right on point re: size I wanted to be. His whole team from office to surgical are amazing! I’ve never felt so comfortable and happy during any other surgical procedure that I’ve had. It’s truly changed the quality of my life! THANK YOU ALL 🙏💕
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5.0/5
Mar 26, 2020
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Dr. Kerr and his team are AMAZING. I had a breast augmentation and lipo in early March. I am so glad out of the three surgeons I met with, I decided to go with Dr Kerr. Vlasta, Ashley and the staff are welcoming, friendly, and so caring. My surgery day went flawlessly and I couldn’t be happier with my results (and I’m not even a full month out)!!! Don’t think twice, choose Synergy.
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5.0/5
Mar 4, 2020
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I went in for a consultation with Dr.Blagg I was afraid it was going to be totally awkward but it wasn’t at all . He was very informative and kind . I felt comfortable from the start. I definitely recommend him.

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.