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A Surgeon's Perspective on Tummy Tuck Cases

When women come to our Austin, Texas, practice considering tummy tuck surgery, they have unique concerns that Dr. Piazza discusses with them during their consultations. As a body contouring specialist, Dr. Piazza tailors tummy tucks and other procedures to address the specific needs of each patient.

The cases below stand out as great examples of the benefits that tummy tuck surgery can provide to women who have different concerns and situations. Dr. Piazza explains what led each of the patients to seek a tummy tuck at a certain point in their lives and how an experienced plastic surgeon can help ensure patients get the best possible results.

Mature Mom

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

 

More mature patients remain some of the most gratifying for me to work with. This 60-year-old woman raised children and pursued a career, and put off her own dreams of having a slimmer, more toned body. Instead of thinking it was too late, she decided it was time to do something for herself.

This woman stayed fit by exercising regularly and watching her diet, but remained self-conscious about her abdomen. Even though a healthy lifestyle is important, I often see patients who grow frustrated because abdominal muscles and skin stretched from multiple pregnancies can only be tightened with surgery. Repairing the abdominal muscles as part of a tummy tuck gave her the flatter stomach that she worked hard to achieve through exercise and diet. She took a few weeks to recover, but returned to work feeling more confident than ever, and was able to wear stylish clothes and a bathing suit while traveling.

Fit Mom

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

 

Helping young, athletic women regain confidence in the appearance of their bodies is one of the reasons I enjoy performing tummy tucks. This 30-year-old woman has 2 children, and the pregnancies left her tummy distorted after the delivery of her second child. We discussed her concerns during the consultation. When I examined her, I saw that her abdominal skin was stretched and crepey. Pregnancy had created significant separation of the abdominal muscles and changed her belly button's appearance. Tummy tuck surgery addresses each of these concerns and, as you can see in the "after" photos taken 7 weeks following the procedure, she looks great. She's most excited about the smoothness of her skin and the shape of her abdomen.

Everyday Mom

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

 

When is the correct time to have a tummy tuck? That's a common question, especially for women who have had children but may still be planning to get pregnant again. This 36-year-old woman came in for a consultation after she had 3 children. When she explained that she would like to have another child, I recommended waiting until after the 4th child was born before getting the procedure, as pregnancy after a tummy tuck can compromise the results.

When she came back after having her 4th child, I performed a tummy tuck and breast augmentation combined with a breast lift. Committing to surgery and the recovery with 4 children at home can be a difficult choice, but I find that most patients have the same reaction as this woman — she didn't regret it for a second. In these photos, she is shown 6 weeks after surgery.

Weight Loss

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

 

Patients such as this 37-year-old woman, who commit to changing their lifestyle to become healthier and lose weight, are inspirational. Like many people — men and women — who lose a significant amount of weight, she was left with excess skin that draped over her waist, and stubborn fat on her thighs and love handles.

No one can exercise or diet enough to tighten lax skin. She had lost 100 pounds and wanted a tummy tuck to give her the flatter stomach she wanted and deserved. I recommended combining power-assisted liposuction for the flanks and thighs with the tummy tuck, explaining that the tummy tuck could produce a dramatic change but that the improvement to the thighs would be more modest. It's important to me that patients have realistic expectations and understand the types of results a procedure can produce.

The full abdominoplasty created a firmer, smoother mid-section, and her entire body appears slimmer and healthier. She could not have been happier with the results, and she's motivated to work even harder to maintain her new shape.

If you're thinking about getting a tummy tuck but aren't sure if the time is right, request a consultation using the online form to meet personally with Dr. Piazza, or call us at (512) 551-1067 to schedule an appointment.

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