Oftentimes after having children or losing a substantial amount of weight, the skin and muscles of the abdomen may become lax, and excess fat can remain in the lower portion of the midsection. Even if you lead a healthy, active lifestyle, sometimes those efforts can only achieve so much. A tummy tuck in Austin performed by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rocco Piazza can improve the appearance of the abdomen and provide a slim and toned appearance by tightening the abdominal muscles and removing excess fat and skin.
At The Piazza Center, we believe that beautiful surgical results are enhanced by a healthy lifestyle. Our aim is to help you achieve your cosmetic goals and desires. If you would like to find out more information regarding tummy tuck surgery, you can request a consultation online, or call our office at (512) 551-1067.
Tummy Tuck Before & After Patient Photos
Case 27, Tummy Tuck
A 47-year-old woman who lives in Austin, Texas was interested in having a tummy tuck at an Austin plastic surgery office. She expressed that her abdomen had never been the same after the birth of her daughter. She has had some weight gain and loss over the years and actively works out with e trainer each week. After not having a w...
Case 230, Tummy Tuck
This active 35-year-old mother-of-two was bothered by the excess skin in her abdominal region. Despite being a frequent runner and going to the gym on a regular basis she could not seem to minimize her protruding abdomen. She was frustrated at the way she looked in her form fitting workout clothes and felt as though she looked pregnant. After ...
Case 90, Liposuction Contouring, Tummy Tuck
After losing over 125-pounds of weight, this 28-year-old woman desired an abdominal contour to help her look as good as she feels. She sought a consultation for a tummy tuck in Austin with plastic surgeon, Dr. Rocco C. Piazza. After discussion about body contouring procedures, she expressed that she wanted her waist-line narrowed and co...
Case 214, Liposuction Contouring, Tummy Tuck
This 62-year-old baby boomer takes good care of herself, working on a ranch daily, riding horses, and eating clean. In spite of her efforts she had a significant amount of stubborn fat around her midsection and loose, saggy skin that wouldn’t improve. She was interested in having tummy tuck surgery in Austin to streamline her abdomen and to c...
Case 36, Tummy Tuck
This 35-year-old female came to see Dr. Piazza for a consultation regarding a tummy tuck procedure at his Austin plastic surgery practice. After 3 pregnancies, she felt that her tummy had a very stretched out appearance. She felt that she had a lot of excess skin and stretched out appearance to her abdomen causing her to look bloated in...
Case 35, Tummy Tuck
After finding Dr. Piazza’s Austin plastic surgery website online, this 38-year-old female came to see him for a consultation regarding a tummy tuck procedure. After the birth of her daughter, she felt that her tummy had a very stretched out appearance. She felt that she had a lot of excess skin and stretch marks that made her feel...
Case 115, Tummy Tuck
Carrying both of pregnancies way out in front of her, this young mother-of-two was left with a distorted tummy after delivery of her second child. She met with Dr. Piazza to talk about the appearance of her tummy. He examined her to find that she had stretched-out crepe-like tummy skin, a significant separation of the abdominal muscles and a ...
Case 65, Liposuction Contouring, Tummy Tuck
This 47-year-old female came to see Dr. Piazza for a tummy tuck in Austin to get her body back. Dr. Piazza performed a tummy tuck, tightening her abdominal muscles, sculpting the fat of the abdomen and removing excess skin. He also performed liposuction of the lower back area - which he refers to as the "flanks" ...
Case 88, Tummy Tuck
Tired of still looking pregnant 3 months after having her third child, this 39-year-old mom decided it was time to do something about her breasts and tummy with cosmetic surgery. In Austin, she sought consultation with Dr. Piazza about a tummy tuck procedure. Her abdominal muscles were significantly separated and her abdominal wall was ...
Case 94, Tummy Tuck
This 36-year-old mother of four came to see Dr. Piazza for a tummy tuck at his Austin plastic surgery practice. After three pregnancies— she inquired about a tummy tuck procedure. She was considering having another child. I advised her to finish having children before proceeding with a tummy tuck procedure as a future ...
Case 173, Tummy Tuck
Case 82, Tummy Tuck
This super-fit 43-year-old mother of two came to see Dr. Piazza for a tummy tuck at his Austin plastic surgery practice. After two pregnancies—the second of which was a 9lbs baby—she sought a consultation regarding a tummy tuck procedure. She is an avid runner and extremely active woman. Despite this lifestyle, she was...
Your Tummy Tuck Procedure
When you come in for a consultation regarding your tummy tuck in Austin, TX, Dr. Piazza will discuss your goals and concerns with you. Once he has determined that a tummy tuck will help you achieve your cosmetic desires, he will create your surgical plan.
To begin your tummy tuck, Dr. Piazza will create an incision just above the pubic bone which extends across the lower abdomen. In order to create a toned midsection, Dr. Piazza will tighten the abdominal muscles. From there, he will sculpt the abdomen by removing excess skin and fat in this area. Once he is finished contouring the abdominal area, he will reposition the belly button and the incisions will be closed. The procedure can take anywhere from 1 to 4 hours, depending on your specific concerns and anatomy.
Meet Dr. Piazza
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rocco C. Piazza looks forward to meeting with you to help you discover how you can achieve your cosmetic goals and desires.
Your Tummy Tuck Recovery
Tummy tuck surgery is an outpatient procedure, which means you can return home the day of your operation. You will need someone to drive you and stay with you for the first 24 hours or so as you recover from the effects of the anesthesia. Your abdomen will feel very tight and pretty sore for the first few days, so it's generally a good idea to stay ahead of your discomfort by taking the prescribed pain medications on schedule.
Although you won't be able to walk fully upright for a few a week or two, Dr. Piazza expects all of his tummy tuck patients start walking 7 to 8 times each day around their home on the first day after surgery. This will help with circulation and enable you to be active as soon as possible. It is important to gradually increase your exercise amount as you are healing.
You will have dressings on your incisions, and a snug compression garment which helps with swelling and provides support for your incision. You will also likely have at least one surgical drain in place to help prevent fluid from building up. In the following video, Dr. Piazza explains how to care for surgical drains.
Drain Care: Tips From Dr. Piazza
In this quick video, watch as Dr. Piazza demonstrates how to empty and care for the surgical drains his tummy tuck patients use during recovery. Learn how easy it is with a few simple steps.
Dr. Piazza and our team provide you with thorough instructions for medications, incision care, activity restrictions, and other details. You return to our office for follow-up appointments at regular intervals so we can monitor your healing, and we are happy to take your call at any time if you have questions.
Dr. Piazza Answers Common Questions
Can a tummy tuck be combined with other procedures?
Yes, it is possible to combine other procedures with a tummy tuck. Often, I use liposuction to further enhance the results of the tummy tuck procedure by removing excess fat in specific areas of the midsection. Also, a lot of my Austin tummy tuck patients who have had children also have interest in correcting sagging breasts with a breast lift. By combining these procedures, a more comprehensive result is achievable.
Should I lose weight before a tummy tuck?
In general, I prefer my patients to be close to their ideal weight before their surgery, usually within 5 to 10 pounds of their goal weight. For your tummy tuck to be as successful as possible, it is important that you maintain a healthy, active lifestyle. For instance, not smoking and exercising regularly will help you recover faster from surgery. Tummy tuck surgery is not a weight loss method; it is important for my patients to understand that this is a body contouring surgery aimed to create a smoother and firmer midsection.
Do I need a tummy tuck, or just liposuction?
Liposuction is a great option for a person with firm, elastic skin, whose primary concern is extra fat in the midsection. I can sculpt this area with liposuction, and healthy, resilient skin will shrink to fit the new contours. Tummy tuck surgery is the right choice if you have excess, stretched skin and separated abdominal muscles, which is often the case after massive weight loss or pregnancy. Liposuction alone will not improve either of these conditions, and would produce an unsatisfying result.
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Your Tummy Tuck Results
Your tummy will be flatter and your skin tighter right away, but you'll also have swelling and bruising. It will take a few weeks – or even months for some – for the swelling to resolve completely. Wearing your compression garment as directed will help. Within a few weeks of your surgery, you'll feel a difference in your clothes, and you'll be enjoying a slimmer waist and flatter tummy.