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Tummy Tuck Austin


The tummy tuck procedure at Austin Plastic Surgery Institute, also called abdominoplasty, is designed to remove excess skin and fat from the abdominal area and tighten the underlying muscles. The final result is a firmer, more contoured ab appearance.

Those who have lost a significant amount of weight or have given birth often experience excess fat and skin in their midsection. Although fat in this area may decrease with a healthy diet and exercise regimen, excess skin will not. Only a cosmetic procedure like the tummy tuck can address this loose skin.

All 3 of our surgeons at Austin Plastic Surgery Institute are highly skilled in this procedure, which is often combined with liposuction to contour the waistline and other areas of the body.

The best candidates for abdominoplasty can relate to the following:

  • Excess and/or fat in the abdominal area
  • Abdominal muscle weakness
  • In good overall health
  • Over the age of 18

For a full tummy tuck, two incisions are made. The first is a crescent-shaped incision across the hips just above the pubic hairline. The second incision is around the navel. Through these incisions, the abdominal muscles can be tightened if necessary. The excess skin is then re-draped over the firmer abdominal muscles and the navel is brought out through its new position. A mini tummy tuck will target the lower section of the abdomen only, with just one incision across the hips.

Keep in mind that subsequent pregnancy will reverse the results, so ideal candidates should not plan to have more children. The tummy tuck will not address abdominal fat that occurs deep within the abdomen and surrounds vital organs. Those who have excess amounts of this type of fat may be advised to lose weight before the procedure to attain the best possible results. This procedure will often remove abdominal stretch marks if they fall in line with the excess skin that is to be removed.

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A traditional (full) tummy tuck is suitable for both men and women who have a moderate amount of excess skin in their midsection. It is commonly performed on women post-pregnancy. During this surgery, the incision extends from hipbone to hipbone, which grants the surgeon access to a greater portion of the internal structures. Liposuction is used to remove fat and the abdominal muscles are pulled and tightly secured. The belly button is usually repositioned for natural placement.

Mini Tummy Tuck

Individuals who are in relatively good shape but desire a flatter tummy may be good candidates for a mini tummy tuck (known as a “Brazilian tummy tuck”). These patients have loose abdominal fascia, but the muscles aren’t stretched to the point where a full tummy tuck is necessary. During surgery, a smaller incision is made along the lower abdomen, liposuction is used to remove excess fat, and the remaining skin is pulled tight. The belly button is not affected by this surgery.

Extended Tummy Tuck

The extended tummy tuck is reserved for patients who require major skin tightening and body contouring following a major weight loss. The extended tummy tuck requires a longer incision that extends beyond the hips, as well as another one around the navel. Liposuction is used and the excess skin is trimmed away and tightened. The belly button is repositioned during this surgery.

During/After Surgery

A tummy tuck is performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility and typically takes around 2 hours to complete. It is considered an outpatient procedure. After surgery, patients will wear a compression garment and will need to rest for the first 48 hours. They should make a concerted effort to move around in order to help promote blood circulation, but should only attempt to initially stand at a 45-degree angle to protect the incision.

Pain medication will be provided to help with post-operative pain. Clearance to resume exercise is usually given around 4-6 weeks. Once all healing is complete, patients can see their full results. To better understand your potential results, look over our tummy tuck before and after photos.

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Tummy Tuck Cost

The price for abdominoplasty will vary depending on the technique used, the patient’s condition and aesthetic goals, as well as other factors relating to the surgical case.

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Recovery Time  
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Post-op Follow-up  
4-6 weeks
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Tummy Tuck FAQs

  • Tummy Tuck or Lipo?

    Patients who have loose skin in the lower abdomen may be better candidates for a skin tightening procedure such as a tummy tuck. If a patient is battling unwanted belly fat, but otherwise has good skin tone, liposuction (which removes fat only) may be all that is needed.

  • Combination Surgery?

    Abdominoplasty can be combined with another cosmetic procedure, such as breast augmentation, a breast lift or liposuction that targets another area of the body. This is sometimes referred to as a “Mommy Makeover” and is considered a common practice, especially where pregnancy, weight gain and breast-feeding are concerned.

  • What About Scarring?

    Unfortunately, scarring is a part of this procedure. However, every effort is made to minimize scarring, and the incisions are generally placed in locations easily concealed by undergarments. For women who have had a previous C-section, the original C-section scar will be replaced with the tummy tuck incision. Most patients feel the physical results of this surgery far outweigh any scarring left behind.

  • Pregnancy or Weight Gain?

    For optimal results, it is recommended that patients wait to have their tummy tuck in Austin until after all pregnancies have been completed. This is to ensure the stretching and weight gain that occurs with pregnancy does not compromise the results of the surgery.

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