The abdomen is one area that a lot of men and women in Austin, TX have trouble toning. Whether it’s after pregnancy, weight loss, or changes with age, your contour can become affected, resulting in pockets of stubborn fat, loose tissue, and excess skin. But with a combined contouring procedure like liposuction and the tummy tuck you can achieve a toned abdomen!

What is a Tummy Tuck?

The tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that addresses loose skin and tissue in the midsection. This is done through an incision across the low bikini area. The underlying tissue and muscles are then tightened, and excess skin is removed. The belly button will also be repositioned in the process. It is important to note that the tummy tuck alone mainly addresses hanging skin, not large amounts of stubborn fat.

What is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a fat removal technique offered by Dr. Erella that can effectively remove pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. In power-assisted liposuction, small incisions are made in the treatment area and a cannula is inserted and moved in a back and forth motion to break up and eliminate stubborn fat. Once these fat cells are removed, they cannot return, offering long-lasting results. Liposuction can be used virtually anywhere that stubborn fat is present, including on the abdomen.

When Should You Combine Procedures?

Loose tissue and stubborn fat are often present together. That’s why liposuction techniques like are often used at the same time as the tummy tuck to address both concerns. When you combine procedures, you can achieve optimal results with better contouring.

To learn more about the contouring procedures we offer contact our office. Give our office a call at (512) 593-7699 or complete our form online to schedule a consultation with Dr. Erella in Austin, TX to get started on your customized treatment plan.

If you’ve been considering a mommy makeover, you should know that you’ll have some things to consider. While the goal of a mommy makeover is to restore the body to its pre-pregnancy state, the procedure is highly customizable for your unique anatomy and concerns. For this reason, you’ll need to consider what you’d like to change about your body and how, so that Dr. Erella can create the best treatment plan for you. Here are some of the most common areas that are corrected through a mommy makeover.

Breast Procedures

For some women, the breasts are greatly affected by pregnancy and nursing. It can affect every woman differently, so your breast procedure might have a different goal than others. The breasts can be reduced, augmented, or lifted during a mommy makeover. Sometimes the procedure contains a combination of these. This can also include correcting and repositioning the nipples and areolae during your breast procedure.

Tummy Tuck

The abdominal area can go through the most radical change during pregnancy and childbirth, and many women are unable to restore the area through diet and exercise. Fortunately, a tummy tuck can remove excess fat and skin, while also restoring the abdominal muscles that can become stretched and ineffective. It can also remove stretch marks that are within the area of excised skin— usually below the belly button.


Many women struggle to lose their pregnancy weight after childbirth because of the way the female body stores fat throughout the process. Many women carry it in their thighs, hips, stomach, and back, and procedures like a breast reduction or tummy tuck can already use liposuction techniques, so many women opt for it to be used on other fatty areas. It requires a small incision and has a big impact on restoring your body’s contours.

The Details

Although there are common areas that are restored during a mommy makeover, some women take extra steps to feel like themselves again. This can include facial rejuvenation, skin treatments, and other non-invasive restorations. This can put the finishing touches on your makeover and leave you feeling even more confident than before.

If you’re interested in discussing a mommy makeover with Austin double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Venkata Erella, contact our office in the greater Austin area.

You probably know that a tummy tuck is a great way to restore the contours of the stomach by removing excess fat and skin. But did you know that the tummy tuck has medical benefits as well? This is because the tummy tuck process also includes tightening and restoring the abdominal muscles, which can become stretched and ineffective at supporting the upper body. Here are some specific conditions that have been shown to be improved by a tummy tuck procedure.

Back Pain

It’s commonly known that many women suffer back pain during pregnancy due to the excess weight on the abdomen, but it’s not so well-known that many women have back pain after childbirth as well. This is because the stretched abdominal muscles can become ineffective at supporting the upper body, meaning most of the responsibility falls on the back and spine. Restoring the core abdominal muscles can have many benefits in supporting the upper body and strengthening the body overall.

Ventral Hernias

Patients who have undergone hernia treatment know that the techniques are very similar to a tummy tuck. This is because patients with weakened and stretched abdominal muscles are at a greater risk for hernias, which occur when the intestinal tissue pushes through the muscle due to strain. In fact, patients who suffer from one hernia are likely to experience another in a similar area. Repositioning the muscles and restoring their tightness means this is less likely to happen.

There are many ways in which you can benefit from a tummy tuck procedure, and Dr. Erella can help you determine the best treatment plan for your specific needs. To schedule a consultation, contact Aspira Plastic Surgery in the Austin area.

Summer is quickly approaching, but if you’re feeling self-conscious about showing more skin due to poor body contour, there’s still time for a surgical procedure! There are many body contouring procedures available to target your specific concerns and help you achieve a slim figure. Find out which procedure can help you get ready for summer.


SmartLipo is an innovative liposuction technique using laser technology to liquefy fat cells prior to their removal with a cannula. This offers many benefits over traditional liposuction such as less discomfort and a quicker recovery. You’ll still receive the effective results of traditional liposuction, but with less trauma on the body and even additional benefits of skin tightening!


It’s difficult to achieve a slim contour when stubborn fat is standing in the way. Unlike regular fat, stubborn fat deposits can be impossible to get rid of without treatment. There are many noninvasive fat removal options available today, however, known of them can give you the significant results like liposuction can! Liposuction can remove stubborn fat from the abdomen, flanks, back, thighs, upper arms, under the chin, and more. Not only is fat removed, but the body is sculpted to give you your desired figure.

Tummy Tuck

If your concerns are with your abdominal area, you might consider a tummy tuck. The tummy tuck procedure can address sagging tissue and excess skin, often present after pregnancy, weight loss, or with age. Once you are in your ideal weight range, the procedure can give you a flatter, more toned abdominal area. Incisions are typically placed below the waistband, allowing you to conceal any scarring.

Arm and Thigh Lift

Excess skin and tissue can also be present in the arms or thighs. While working out and eating right is usually enough to lose weight in these areas, a surgical procedure is often needed to address loose skin and tissue. An arm and thigh lift can tighten the area to give you a more toned look. The two procedures can be performed together, or you might just need one or the other.

Mommy Makeover

If you’ve had children, you understand the effects it can have on your body such as loose abdominal tissue, a loss of breast volume, and pockets of stubborn fat. With a mommy makeover, you can address these concerns with the use of a tummy tuck, breast enhancement, liposuction, and more for full-body recontouring. You can save time and money by opting to combine these procedures at once.

A surgical body contouring procedure takes some recovery time before you can enjoy your results. To learn more about how you can contour your body before summer, contact our office today! We can schedule your consultation with Dr. Erella to discuss your treatment plan.

Whether you’re a new mommy or a seasoned one, you’ve probably heard of someone you know undergoing a Mommy Makeover. What is it? It’s a set of procedures that aim to treat and reverse the negative effects of pregnancy and nursing on the body. The most popular procedures for a Mommy Makeover include breast procedures, like a breast augmentation, lift, or reduction, a tummy tuck, and liposuction. Since every woman’s body is different, this procedure is completely customizable.

Although it’s an invasive, surgical procedure, Mommy Makeovers are highly effective at restoring your pre-pregnancy body. Here are some reasons you might consider one:

Diet and Exercise Might Not Cut It

While a healthy lifestyle is a great thing, there are certain things it just can’t fix. Things like stretched, excess skin or stubborn fat deposits that occur during pregnancy can be there permanently. A Mommy Makeover can remove these, as well as stretch marks— it can also repair muscles that have become lax and ineffective at supporting the abdomen or pelvic area. These are long-term results that can recreate your healthy, contoured profile without the struggle of feeling like you can’t get results, no matter what.

You Don’t Have Any More Plans for Childbearing

While the results of a Mommy Makeover can be permanent and life-changing, they can also be reversed by another pregnancy. If you’re already considering a Mommy Makeover, this will be something you’ll need to discuss during your consultation. However, if you’re no longer planning on further pregnancy and are taking steps to avoid it, a Mommy Makeover can be a great way to feel like you’ve got your body back. Although you’ll never stop being a mommy, your body doesn’t always have to feel like a post-baby body.

You Deserve It

Birthing a child is hard, and it doesn’t stop there. But, that doesn’t mean you’re destined to feeling like you’ll never have your body back. Pregnancy can be one of the most drastic changes a woman’s body undergoes over the course of her life, and after all the difficulty and reward that goes with birthing and raising a child, any mommy deserves to feel her best and like herself again. A Mommy Makeover can restore confidence and the feeling of being desirable to mommies who feel like there are no options.

If you are a mommy who is considering restoring your body with a Mommy Makeover, contact our office to schedule a consultation with Aspira’s board-certified plastic surgeon. Dr. Erella can answer any questions you might have and determine the best treatment plan for you.

If you’re considering a tummy tuck, you probably suffer from loose and sagging skin in the abdominal area. While a tummy tuck can remove this excess tissue for immediate results, this is a procedure that with require a little maintenance! Read on for some tips on how to maintain your tummy tuck results!

Eat Healthy

Individuals should reduce their intake of simple carbohydrates such as rice, bread, and pasta, as well as sugars and saturated fats. Focusing on eating better, not less is the key. Fresh fruits, veggies, whole grains, healthy fats, and lean proteins are all good choices to maintain a healthy physique.

Eat Smaller Meals

Many patients find that eating several smaller meals throughout the day rather than three large meals helps to maintain energy levels and reduces the need to eat snacks between meals. This can help to avoid overeating throughout the day.

Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrated is key to maintaining a healthy metabolism, controlling hunger, and aiding in digestion. Each individual requires a different amount of water throughout the day, though starting with eight 8-ounce glasses a day is a good start.

Get Moving

After you are fully healed from your tummy tuck procedure, it is important to exercise regularly to maintain your results. Focusing on exercises that strengthen your core can really help to ensure long-lasting results. According to the Mayo Clinic, the average healthy adult needs at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity a week, and strength training at least two times a week.

As you can see, with a little maintenance, you can experience life-long results from your tummy tuck! Contact our office today to learn more or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Erella. We would be happy to answer any tummy tuck questions you may have.