Austin Location: Synergy Plastic Surgery
805 East 32nd Street #101
Austin, TX 78705
Phone: (512) 244-1439
Fax: (512) 244-1445

Monday: 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Tuesday–Thursday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
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Round Rock Location: Synergy Plastic Surgery
7700 Cat Hollow Drive #103
Round Rock, TX 78681
Phone: (512) 244-1444
Fax: (512) 244-1445

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Synergy Plastic Surgery: Mahlon Kerr, MD, FACS

Mini Tummy Tuck

RealSelf Top Doctor Tummy TuckSome of the women and men considering a tummy tuck in the Austin, TX area may only need a mini tummy tuck instead. The modified abdominoplasty can accomplish much of what a full tummy tuck provides, but with a smaller incision and shorter recovery. Dr. Mahlon Kerr and Dr. Ross M. Blagg strive to give you the best possible results with the smoothest possible recovery.

The first step in finding out if a mini tummy tuck is right for you is requesting a consultation with either Dr. Kerr or Dr. Blagg using the online form. Or call our office in Austin or Round Rock at (512) 244-1439 to schedule an appointment.

We serve patients from Austin and surrounding communities such as Cedar Park, Killeen, Leander, and Pflugerville.

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Is a mini tummy tuck right for me?

The primary reason for considering tummy tuck surgery is to remove excess abdominal skin. Your abdominal skin may have been stretched by pregnancy, for instance. You may also have lost a significant amount of weight, leaving behind skin that has lost its elasticity.

In cases where there's only a small amount of excess skin, a mini tummy tuck can be an excellent option.

How does it differ from 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, the incision extends horizontally from hip to hip and around the belly button as well. 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. To further compare mini versus full abdominoplasty, you can learn more on our Tummy Tuck FAQ page.

What to Expect

A mini tummy tuck is usually performed as an outpatient procedure. Your surgeon will use general anesthesia and often combines 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.

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 up to returning 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. Dr. Kerr or Dr. Blagg will work with you to develop a more specific timeline during your follow-up visits.

Your Results

Provided you are a good candidate for mini tummy tuck, you can expect improvements similar to what a full tummy tuck provides:

  • A flatter, toned tummy
  • A sculpted waistline
  • Smooth, firm skin

To know for sure, the first step is requesting a consultation with Dr. Kerr or Dr. Blagg.

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Austin Location: Synergy Plastic Surgery
805 East 32nd Street #101
Austin, TX 78705
Phone: (512) 244-1439
Fax: (512) 244-1445

Monday: 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Tuesday–Thursday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Get Directions

Round Rock Location: Synergy Plastic Surgery
7700 Cat Hollow Drive #103
Round Rock, TX 78681
Phone: (512) 244-1444
Fax: (512) 244-1445

Monday: 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Tuesday–Thursday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Get Directions

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Dr. Mahlon Kerr and Dr. Ross Blagg are highly regarded plastic surgeons who specialize in cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery at their offices in Round Rock and Austin, Texas. Dr. Kerr is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery. Patients travel from throughout the Southwest to have Dr. Kerr or Dr. Blagg perform breast enhancement surgery such as breast augmentation, breast lift, and breast reduction. They also specialize in body contouring procedures, including plastic surgery after weight loss, liposuction, and tummy tucks. In addition, Synergy Med Spa offers a range of nonsurgical cosmetic procedures, including BOTOX® Cosmetic and injectable fillers. Dr. Kerr and Dr. Blagg serve communities surrounding Northern Austin and other cities, including Killeen, Cedar Park, Leander, and Pflugerville.

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