Austin Location: Synergy Plastic Surgery
11200 Manchaca Road, Suite 201, Building 2
Austin, TX 78748
Phone: (512) 244-1439
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7700 Cat Hollow Drive #103
Round Rock, TX 78681
Phone: (512) 244-1444
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Synergy Plastic Surgery: Mahlon Kerr, MD, FACS

Tummy Tuck

RealSelf Top Doctor Tummy TuckA 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 in the Austin, Texas, area choose Synergy Plastic Surgery. Dr. Mahlon Kerr, Dr. Ross Blagg, and Dr. Amy Bekanich are rigorously trained board-certified plastic surgeons who see tummy tuck patients at their Round Rock and Austin locations. They offer abdominoplasty and other cosmetic procedures designed to help your fitness and vitality shine through.

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Case 33, Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

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...

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Case 112, Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

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.

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Case 292, Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

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...

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Case 205, Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

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 consu...

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

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Benefits

Many of the patients Dr. Kerr, Dr. Blagg , and Dr. Bekanich see for tummy tuck procedures are women concerned about the appearance of their abdomens after having children. A tummy tuck 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
  • Eliminating excess stretched out skin
  • Repairing abdominal muscles that were separated during pregnancy
  • Sculpting the waistline

When you meet with Dr. Kerr, Dr. Blagg , or Dr. Bekanich 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. To read our doctors' answers to some of the most common questions, please visit our Tummy Tuck FAQ page.

Dr. Kerr Discusses Tummy Tuck


Your Options

Patients have their own unique anatomies and aesthetic goals, so Dr. Kerr, Dr. Blagg, and Dr. Bekanich offer the following variations of the tummy tuck, which can be customized to meet a patient's specific needs. A complete, or full, tummy tuck restores the appearance of the entire abdomen from the lower ribcage down to the pubic bone. 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 fat and skin, repairs abdominal muscles, and repositions the belly button. In some cases, patients can benefit from a mini tummy tuck.

Mini Tummy Tuck

For patients who only have 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 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.

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

What to Expect

Our surgeons perform tummy tuck surgery in the safety of a hospital setting, including our state-of-the-art Stonegate Plastic Surgery Center, which is adjacent to our Round Rock offices. They perform operations either as an outpatient procedure or with an optional overnight stay. Our doctors use general anesthesia so you will sleep through the surgery. In addition to surgically removing areas of fat and excess skin, your doctor may use liposuction to sculpt the abdomen, hips, and thighs, if desired.

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.

Tummy Tuck Recovery

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. We suggest that patients take 2 weeks off from work following a tummy tuck. If you have any questions about your recovery, please contact our office.

Mini Tummy Tuck Recovery

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

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

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.

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’re finished having children.

More questions? Please visit our Tummy Tuck FAQ page.

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Austin Location: Synergy Plastic Surgery
11200 Manchaca Road, Suite 201, Building 2
Austin, TX 78748
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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Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

Dr. Mahlon Kerr, Dr. Ross Blagg, and Dr. Amy Bekanich are highly regarded, board-certified plastic surgeons who specialize in cosmetic plastic surgery at their offices in Round Rock and Austin, Texas. Dr. Kerr and Dr. Bekanich are certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery. Patients travel from throughout the Southwest to have Dr. Kerr, Dr. Blagg, or Dr. Bekanich 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, Dr. Blagg, and Dr. Bekanich serve communities surrounding Northern Austin and other cities, including Killeen, Cedar Park, Leander, and Pflugerville.

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