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Austin Texas Tummy Tuck

When you need to look your best for a special occasion or for an important meeting, an invasive surgery may not be the way to go. You can get a minimally invasive tummy tuck that is done in less time and yields better results.

Austin Texas tummy tuck is one of the most popular options for those who are looking to get rid of the extra weight they have around their stomachs. A tummy tuck is similar to a liposuction in that it removes fat from the abdomen and surrounding areas, but it is much less invasive than a liposuction.

The procedure involves using a small incision in the skin of the lower abdomen. The surgeon will remove fat cells from this area so that they do not appear on your body again. This can help you lose weight and also improve your appearance by making your stomach look smaller and more toned.

Austin Texas Tummy Tuck

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 in New Braunfels, Georgetown, and throughout Texas 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.

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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 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.

Tummy Tuck vs. Liposuction Surgery

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.
A 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.

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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).

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.

Should I Have a Full or Mini 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. 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.

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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 Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost in Austin?

The cost of 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.

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.

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 post-operative 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) 883-6227.

Common Tummy Tuck Questions

How long does a tummy tuck last?
When performed by experienced, board-certified plastic surgeons, tummy tuck surgery results can last for many years. The results will last the longest for women and men who lead healthy lifestyles that include regular exercise and a nutritious diet. Fluctuating weight gain and loss can compromise the results, as the abdominal skin will lose its elasticity.

How painful is abdominoplasty?
Tummy tuck surgery itself is performed with patients under a general anesthetic, so they remain comfortable throughout the procedure. During the initial recovery period, taking prescription medication helps manage any discomfort you experience. By closely following post-op instructions, you can also minimize pain during the recovery.

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. The surgery can provide a comprehensive transformation for women who have concerns about both their breasts and their abdomens.

Does a tummy tuck remove fat?
The tummy tuck procedure does not remove fat, but the surgery is often combined with liposuction. Liposuction removes fat and helps ensure the abdominal skin appears smooth and attractively contoured.

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.

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Do you have a small amount of loose skin below your belly button?

We want you to have the best result possible, so during your consultation, your surgeon will evaluate these critical factors:

Quality of your skin:
presence and location of stretch marks
crepiness of your skin
Diastasis of your rectus muscles, or how far apart the paired rectus muscles are stretched in the midline
Excess fat; how much of it and where is it located?
Presence of hernia(s), the most common being an umbilical hernia
These factors will determine which type of tummy tuck will give you the best result. Although the scar is slightly longer with a standard tummy tuck, in many patients, the trade off is more than worth it.

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