The Piazza Center for Plastic Surgery and Advanced Skin Care
7900 Farm to Market Road 1826, Bldg 2, Suite 206
Austin, TX 78737
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Tummy Tuck

Having children or losing a significant amount of weight often results in excess abdominal skin that remains even if you exercise and eat a healthy diet. Tummy tuck and mini tummy tuck surgery performed in Austin, TX, by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rocco Piazza can be truly transformative procedures, creating a flatter, more contoured stomach with long-lasting results.

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

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Case #82

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... Read More
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Case #291

This is a 33-year-old mother of two who consulted with Dr Piazza about body contouring procedures. Her main concern was muscle separation and the round appearance to her belly. She exercises regularly and maintains a healthy diet. Dr Piazza performed an abdominoplasty. At 6 months post-operative she feels her results are life changing and she could... Read More
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Case #46

This is a 60-year-old women who lives in Austin, Texas was looking for an Austin plastic surgery office for a tummy tuck procedure  After many years of raising children and a time consuming career she was ready to do something for herself and her confidence. She spent many years working hard through diet and exercise... Read More

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Case #115

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... Read More
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Case #315

This 41-year-old male patient lost a significant amount of weight through diet and exercise. After maintaining his lifestyle change for 10 years, he was ready to explore options to remove the excess skin around his abdomen and flanks. After research and several consults, the patient met with Dr Piazza. Since patient experience and interaction with... Read More
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Case #341 Abdominoplasty

This 48-year-old fitness guru came to see Dr. Piazza to repair her muscle separation and her umbilical hernia. She experienced 3-full-term pregnancies and remained active with her workouts exemplifying what it means to live a healthy lifestyle.  Despite this, she still had a rounded shape to her abdomen which was bothersome to her. She underwent... Read More
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Case #296

This is a female patient who met with Dr. Piazza after appreciating his before and after gallery online. Never having cosmetic surgery, the patient felt this was the perfect time in life at age 52. Her main concern was skin laxity and fullness around her waistline after 3 pregnancies and several c-sections; she stated no matter how hard she exercised... Read More
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Case #109

This mother-of-three had considered having a breast augmentation and lift with a tummy tuck in Austin at one time.  She came to see Dr. Piazza for a consultation to learn about these procedures.  She decided to have a mommy makeover procedure but based on her lifestyle and activity level, she decided to split these procedures.  Six... Read More
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Case #27

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... Read More
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Case #344 Abominoplasty with CoolSculpting of Braline

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Case #202

This 42-year-old female patient was bothered by excess skin of the abdomen after her second and third pregnancies. She had extra skin and fatty tissue throughout the abdominal wall, with most of the excess below the level of the belly button. Stretch marks were present across the abdominal wall. She was not seeing any improvement to her abdomen through... Read More
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Case #8

A 36-year-old woman in Austin, Texas contacted Dr. Piazza because she wanted to transform the appearance of her abdomen. She had a very bad infection after a c-section 18 years ago which resulted in disfiguring scars of her abdomen. She would not wear a swim suit and avoided wearing dresses or other clothes that would fit her well around her mid-section.... Read More
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Case #230

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... Read More
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Case #195

This 35-year-old patient visited us to learn more about getting a tummy tuck  at our Austin practice. As a mother of 2, she experienced many changes to her body during and after her pregnancies. She had stretch marks and excess skin on her abdomen. Despite dieting and regular exercising, she was unable to restore her pre-baby body. She started... Read More
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Case #91

This 38-year-old mother of two came to see Dr. Piazza for a tummy tuck at his Austin plastic surgery practice.  After two pregnancies— and a regular diet and exercise program consisting of running and weight training 4 days a week—she was frustrated with the appearance of her waistline and tummy region.  She sought a consultation... Read More
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Case #106

Feeling the urge to get her midsection back into shape, this active 54-year-old mother of three decided to look into having a tummy tuck and liposuction in Austin to improve her waistline.  She had three c-sections and felt that improvement of her abdominal contour was resistant to diet and exercise.  After discussion with Dr. Piazza, he... Read More
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Case #182

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Case #190

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Case #124

Since her pregnancies, this mom felt like she could not get her abdominal contour and waist-line back. She met with Dr. Piazza at his Austin plastic surgery office location 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 distorted... Read More
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Case #24

A 40-year-old woman who lives outside of Austin, Texas was looking for an Austin plastic surgery office for a tummy tuck procedure.  After four pregnancies, she felt that her abdomen was stretched beyond what diet and exercise could repair.  She worked diligently to get her body back, but was unable to achieve a flat abdomen.  After... Read More
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Case #197

This 37-year-old mother scheduled a consultation with Dr. Piazza to remove loose, excess skin from her abdomen and stubborn excess fat from her love handles and thighs. In her consultation, she noted that most of these problem areas had developed after she had children. She committed to a workout regimen, and through a disciplined diet she lost 100... Read More
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Case #183

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Case #76

Massive weight loss patient seeks an ABPS Board Certified Austin plastic surgeon.  This 48-year-old female came to see Dr. Piazza for a tummy tuck.  In Austin, she has become highly active with her fitness activity and through disciplined diet and exercise she lost nearly 115 lbs.  Her biggest concern with surgery to remove the excess... Read More
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Case #129

This 33-year-old mother-of-five decided it was time to do something to get her body back! One of her friends recommended that she see Dr. Piazza for a consultation to discuss a tummy tuck. In Austin, many women feel that they can’t get their tummy back into shape after having children.  After having five full-term pregnancies, this young... Read More
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Case #94

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... Read More
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Case #343 Abdominoplasty

This 63-year-old mother who enjoys staying active with routine Pilates workouts came to our Austin practice because she desired perkier and fuller breasts. She wanted her breasts to have a more youthful appearance and “refreshed look”, she felt they were too “low and saggy”.She met with Dr. Piazza to discuss her... Read More
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Case #35

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 unattractive... Read More
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Case #274

This 45-year-old mother of two scheduled a consultation with Dr. Piazza at our Austin, TX practice for a tummy tuck procedure. After the birth of her children she felt her tummy took on a very stretched out appearance and what she explained as looking “shelf-like”, referring to excess skin and adiposity (fat tissue) that was still... Read More
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Case #113

This mother-of-two who loves to belly dance decided that it was time she do something for herself.  She came to see Dr. Piazza at his Austin plastic surgery practice to discuss a tummy tuck.  In Austin, many women choose to undergo body contouring procedures to help improve the shape of their waist-line and to remove excess skin that hangs... Read More
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Case #36

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... Read More
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Case #147

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Case #173

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Case #73

This is a 32-year-old mother of two who exercises on a regular basis, yet she still has areas on her body that have been resistant to improvement with diet and exercise alone.  She desired liposuction in Austin to treat the upper back folds over the bra-line area as well as lower back "muffin top" region and inner thigh fullness. ... Read More

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

Your Personal Consultation

Women and men considering a tummy tuck, who visit from San Antonio and cities around Austin, meet with Dr. Piazza to discuss their concerns and aesthetic goals. During the consultation, he performs a physical exam to ensure that a tummy tuck is the best procedure to meet those goals. Because every patient’s case is unique, Dr. Piazza creates a customized surgical plan based on the exam and your discussion.

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A Surgeon's Perspective

"Many of my tummy tuck patients come to see me with the desire to feel restored and reverse many of the changes that occurred to their body during pregnancy. It is my goal to make sure that each patient's goals and desires are met so that she feels restored and confident to be her best-self."

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Ideal Tummy Tuck Candidates

Most tummy tucks address three primary concerns, especially for women who have had children:

  • During the procedure, Dr. Piazza uses liposuction to reduce abdominal fat.
  • He also repairs the rectus abdominis muscles if they have become separated during pregnancy.
  • He removes excess skin from the abdominal area.

The combination of these three procedures improves the appearance of the abdomen and provides a slim and toned midsection that looks great in a bathing suit. Even though a tummy tuck combined with liposuction reduces fat, it’s not a weight-loss procedure. Ideal tummy tuck candidates are in good overall health and are at or near their ideal weight. A tummy tuck isn’t recommended if you’re planning to have another baby or if you are significantly overweight.

Patients with a body mass index (BMI) of less than 30 can safely undergo a tummy tuck. Here’s a BMI calculator that can help you estimate your body fat.

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  • Underweight (Below 18.5)
  • Normal (18.5 - 24.9)
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Your Custom Tummy Tuck Surgery

Dr. Piazza begins your tummy tuck by creating an incision just above the pubic bone. This incision extends across the lower abdomen where the scar can be easily concealed by a bikini bottom. Dr. Piazza then tightens the abdominal muscles utilizing an advanced suturing technique and uses liposuction to sculpt a toned midsection. After that, he removes excess skin from the area.

Before closing the incision, Dr. Piazza repositions your belly button and ensures its appearance is aesthetically pleasing. Dr. Piazza believes that positioning the belly button correctly is one of the most important outcomes of the procedure because the belly button is so visible on the body. He sculpts the abdominal tissue around the belly button and plans the procedure so that the scar is concealed just inside the belly button.

A tummy tuck can take anywhere from 1 to 4 hours, depending on your specific concerns and your anatomy. During your consultation, Dr. Piazza can explain precisely what techniques he uses and answer any questions you may have.

Diagram of showing different incision points for a full and mini tummy tuck

Mini Tummy Tuck

In a few Austin patients, Dr. Piazza determines that a full tummy tuck isn’t needed. When the area of loose skin and excess fat is confined completely below the belly button, a mini tummy tuck may be possible. The advantage of this technique is that Dr. Piazza can make a shorter incision and the belly button isn’t re-positioned. Additionally, the recovery time is a bit shorter. You can discuss this option during your consultation, but most patients need a full abdominoplasty.

Dr. Piazza has created a special mini tummy tuck technique called “The Skin Pinch™.” Designed to address excess fat and skin in the lower abdomen, this procedure is appropriate for patients who are seeking a flatter stomach but don’t require a traditional tummy tuck. Learn more about The Skin Pinch™ on our blog.

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Your Tummy Tuck Recovery & Results

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 as you recover from the effects of the general anesthetic. 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.

You won’t be able to walk fully upright for a few a week or two. However, Dr. Piazza expects all of his tummy tuck patients to start walking around their homes at least 7 to 8 times each day, starting the first day after surgery. Walking helps with circulation and will enable you to be active as soon as possible. It is important to gradually increase the amount you exercise as you are healing.

During your recovery, you will have dressings on your incisions and wear 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.

Caring for Your Drain After a Tummy Tuck

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 patients – 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.

Tummy Tuck at a Glance

Goal: To restore balance and shape to the tummy and waistline.

Procedure: This procedure focuses on reshaping the tummy by restoring the underlying anatomy. Dr. Piazza focuses primarily on repairing separated abdominal muscles (rectus diastasis), reshaping the belly button, and removing excess skin and fat from the lower tummy. Patients may benefit from liposuction to further sculpt the sides of the waist area also known as the flanks, love handles, or muffin top.

Anesthesia: General anesthesia
Procedure length: 2.5 to 3.5 hours

Aftercare: There are 2 incisions for a tummy tuck procedure. One incision is inside the belly button and the second is along the bikini line in the lower tummy. The lower incision will have one or two drains that are secured along the incision to minimize scarring. Both incisions will be closed with dissolvable sutures and covered with white Steri-Strips™. A compressive binder will be placed around the abdomen to keep the patient in a flexed or “beach-chair” position (even when upright) for the first 10 to 14 days.

Recovery: Ranges from 1 to 2 weeks on average. The right-side drain and all Steri-Strips will be removed 5 to 7 days after surgery. Swelling and tightness of the tummy can be expected for the first few weeks. Patients remain in a flexed or beach-chair position for the first 10 to 14 days even when upright. After approximately 10 days, most patients begin to stand more upright as the swelling and tightness have decreased. The second drain is removed 7 to 14 days after surgery.

Timeline

  • Surgery
  • Day 5 to 7: Steri-Strip removal and right-side drain
  • Day 6 to 14: Removal of second drain
  • 2 weeks: Return to work and social activities
  • 3 months: 80% healed
  • 6 months: 90% healed
  • 1 year: 100% healed

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 an in-person or virtual consultation online or call our office at (512) 551-1067.

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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. I typically 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 as part of a mommy makeover, a more comprehensive result is achievable.

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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. Each patient has their own unique story when they come in for a consultation, and I create a customized treatment plan based on our discussion. 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 someone with firm, elastic skin whose primary concern is addressing 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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