Tummy Tuck

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A firm, flat abdomen can be a testament to a person’s health and fitness. But if you have loose skin, excess fat, or even stretch marks, what can you do? Women and men considering a tummy tuck choose Synergy Plastic Surgery. Our rigorously trained board-certified plastic surgeons see tummy tuck patients from San Antonio and the Austin area. They offer personalized cosmetic procedures designed to help your fitness and vitality shine through.

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.

Benefits of a Tummy Tuck

Many of the patients our plastic surgeons see for tummy tuck procedures are women concerned about the appearance of their abdomens after having children. A tummy tuck, technically called abdominoplasty, is one of the most popular procedures included in a Mommy Makeover, which typically incorporates breast enhancement such as breast augmentation. However, men who have experienced significant weight loss can also benefit from abdominoplasty. It provides a variety of benefits, including:

  • Flattening a bulging tummy
  • Tightening excess stretched out skin
  • Repairing abdominal muscles that were separated during pregnancy
  • Sculpting the waistline

When you meet with with us for your consultation, your surgeon will ask you to describe your desired improvements. Your doctor will explain your options and give you plenty of time to ask questions.

Your Tummy Tuck Options

Patients have their own unique anatomies and aesthetic goals, so our doctors offer a variety of tummy tuck techniques, including the following:

  • Complete tummy tuck (also called a full tummy tuck) restores the appearance of the entire abdomen from the lower ribcage down to the pubic bone by addressing lax skin, stretched/separated abdominal muscles, and a misshapen belly button.
  • Mini tummy tuck addresses the lower abdomen below the belly button.
  • Fleur-de-lis tummy tuck, which is most appropriate for post-bariatric plastic surgery patients, extends the complete tummy tuck with a vertical incision that runs from the pubic area to the bellybutton to the chest. This technique removes a significant amount of excess skin to tighten the hips and waistline.
  • Extended tummy tuck (or belt lipectomy) continues the horizontal abdominoplasty incision around the waist, like a belt, over the upper buttocks to contour the waist and lift and tighten sagging outer hips and buttocks.

Our plastic surgeons personalize all of these techniques to the unique needs and cosmetic goals of the patient.

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Mini Tummy Tuck

For patients who only have a small amount of excess skin, a mini tummy tuck can be an excellent option.

What is the difference between a mini tummy tuck and a full tummy tuck?

The mini tummy tuck tightens loose skin below the belly button. During the procedure, the surgeon makes a short horizontal incision on the lower abdomen that is easily concealed, even by bikini briefs. In a full tummy tuck, there is an incision that extends horizontally from hip to hip and another that encircles the belly button. Unlike a full tummy tuck, there is no tightening of any skin above the belly button (which remains in the same place).

A mini tummy tuck isn’t the appropriate approach for women who need their abdominal muscles repaired after they’ve been stretched by pregnancy. It also isn’t recommended if there is a significant amount of excess fat or skin to remove.

What is done in a mini tummy tuck?

A mini tummy tuck is usually performed as an outpatient procedure. Your surgeon will use general anesthesia and often will combine liposuction with the procedure to sculpt the finishing touches on the hips and abdomen. The incision for a mini tummy tuck is similar to what’s used for a Caesarean section birth, which is usually about 6 inches.

How long does it take to recover from a mini tummy tuck?

As you might expect, the recovery following a mini tummy tuck may be a bit shorter than what a full tummy tuck patient experiences. A full tummy tuck usually requires a patient to take 2 weeks off from work; some mini tummy tuck patients feel ready to return to work after 1 week, but it’s still wise to plan on being away for 2 weeks.

Because a mini tummy tuck typically doesn’t involve repairing the abdominal muscles, most patients are fairly comfortable during the healing process. As with a full tummy tuck, however, you will need to avoid placing undue strain on the abdomen. Prescription and over-the-counter pain relief medication can manage any discomfort you might experience.

You will need to wait at least a month to 6 weeks before resuming any kind of strenuous exercise. Your surgeon will work with you to develop a more specific timeline during your follow-up visits.

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Tummy Tuck Surgery

Our surgeons perform tummy tuck surgery in our private, state-of-the-art surgery center as an outpatient procedure. Our doctors use general anesthesia so you will sleep through the surgery. This procedure provides comprehensive improvements with an incision that typically spans from hip to hip, but can usually be concealed by underwear or swimsuits. The surgeon removes excess skin, repairs abdominal muscles, and repositions the belly button. In addition, the surgeon may use liposuction to sculpt the abdomen, hips, and thighs, if desired.

How Long Is Recovery From a Tummy Tuck?

We suggest that patients take 2 weeks off from work following a tummy tuck. Our surgeons provide detailed postoperative instructions that will help you recover as quickly as possible and reduce the risk of post-surgical complications. We encourage you to carefully move around as soon as the evening of your surgery or the day after. Light walking around the house helps promote good circulation and enhances the healing process.

Most patients are ready to resume light activity within 10 to 15 days (the timeline may be slightly faster following a mini tummy tuck); however, strenuous exercise should be avoided for at least 6 weeks following any tummy tuck surgery. If you have any questions about your recovery, please contact our office.

Tummy Tuck Results

Tummy tuck surgery picks up where diet and exercise leave off, providing lasting improvements to the midsection and removing excess skin and the belly bulge caused by weakened abdominal muscles.

After abdominoplasty, you likely will be thrilled to have a flat abdomen right away. Keep in mind, however, that you will need to avoid positions that place strain on the treated area during the recovery period. You will also have a scar that needs your attention and care as it heals.

The scar initially will be raised and pink; over the course of several months, it gradually recedes and the color fades to more closely match your surrounding skin tone.

Women and men considering tummy tuck surgery travel from Killen, Cedar Park, and other neighboring Texas communities to our Austin or Round Rock offices. To meet with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons request a consultation using the online form, or call us at  (512) 244-1439.

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Tummy Tuck FAQ

Is it possible to combine a tummy tuck with other procedures?

Yes, and it’s quite a common path for our patients. After having children, many women combine tummy tuck surgery with breast enhancement in what’s called a Mommy Makeover. As you can see in the accompanying photos, Mommy Makeover surgery can provide a comprehensive transformation for women who have concerns about both their breasts and their abdomens.

How can I plan for the cost of tummy tuck surgery?

Because there are so many variables that go into your final procedure, it’s not easy for us to predict what your cost will be until we’ve met you during a consultation. That’s when you and your surgeon will sit down, talk about your goals, and arrive at a surgical plan (which we can then price out for you in the form of a quote). As you are planning for surgery financially, do keep in mind that we offer patient financing options. Refer to our Pricing page for information.

What happens if I become pregnant after a tummy tuck?

While safe, pregnancy after a tummy tuck will likely compromise the results of your surgery. Pregnancy stretches the abdominal wall and the surrounding muscles, which can bring back the very things your tummy tuck procedure corrects. For this reason, we strongly recommend that patients delay tummy tuck surgery until they are finished having children.

More questions? Please visit our Tummy Tuck FAQ page.