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Tummy Tuck

A loose or sagging waistline is an especially common concern for women who have given birth or patients who have lost significant weight.

If you wish to tighten your abdomen, Arlington native Dr. Vishnu Rumalla can perform a tummy tuck at our fully accredited surgery center.

Find out why so many patients choose to undergo this procedure at Tarrant Plastic Surgery in Fort Worth, TX...

How Does the Procedure Work?

Tummy tucks (also known as abdominoplasty) rank among the top six cosmetic surgery procedures performed in the United States, according to the 2019 figures provided by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. A major reason for its popularity is that it targets a common aesthetic concern in a highly visible area of the body: the abdomen. Many men and women who are otherwise in great physical shape may have loose skin and excess fat around their midsection. This undesirable physical feature can leave patients insecure when wearing certain clothing or bathing suits. 

What an Abdominoplasty Does ... 

Remove Excess Skin

A tummy tuck directly addresses excess skin around the midsection that occurs after pregnancy or when a large amount of weight is lost. If your problems are limited to the area below your belly button, then you may be a good candidate for a mini tummy tuck. 

Tighten Muscles

A typical tummy tuck also surgically tightens the abdominal muscles, which can become torn and weakened after pregnancy. Dr. Rumalla's surgical correction will tighten your abs and leave you with a slimmer and more athletic-looking midsection.

Restore Your Silhouette

While this body contouring procedure is not considered a weight-loss treatment, our patients in Fort Worth have successfully coupled a tummy tuck with diet and exercise to dramatically reshape their body for a more athletic and toned physique.

What Does a Tummy Tuck Involve?

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Dr Rumalla is one of the best doctor I have ever meet I  had tummy tuck done I would recommend him to everyone who wants to have best results because I am beyond than happy and satisfied with my results. And also he really cares about his patients, about their feelings and listens to any questions you have. His staff was amazing to. Another word for all of this that I wrote is I really enjoy appreciate and love them all. They don’t deserve only 5 stars they deserve 10 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Stephanie Jones


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Dr. Rumalla has done two skin removal surgeries for me. Upper and Lowe body. I am truly pleased with the results and appreciate the passion to create the shape I want while being realistic about what will work best for my body. Additionally the ongoing follow up during the weeks after surgery makes me feel confident that I can have the best recovery possible.

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Who Is a Good Candidate? Qualifying for Tummy Tuck Surgery

A tummy tuck can deliver dramatic results because it addresses sagging skin and weakened abdominal muscles in just one procedure. You may be a good candidate for abdominoplasty if you:

Are In Good Health

You should be in good overall health and free of conditions that could complicate surgery and recovery. This includes a commitment to avoid smoking or chewing tobacco. 

Are Unhappy about Excess Skin

People suited to this body contouring procedure have loose skin on the abdomen that does not respond to diet and exercise. In addition, patients may have cosmetic concerns, like stretch marks, that cannot be addressed with alternative treatments.

Are Committed to a Healthy Lifestyle

People that undergo the tummy tuck procedure at our Fort Worth practice should be committed to maintaining a healthy and stable weight through regular exercise and a healthy diet. 

Have a Stable Weight

Good candidates do not plan on losing a significant amount of weight in the future and do not plan on having more children. Both of these could undo the results that were achieved with a tummy tuck. 

Have Realistic Expectations

A tummy tuck can achieve dramatic a transformation, however it cannot solve all cosmetic concerns. For people seeking optimum results,  other procedures can be performed to enhance your results. However, you should talk to your surgeon to ensure you have realistic expectations.

Watch Dr. Rumalla Discuss the Tummy Tuck Procedure

Dr. Vishnu Rumalla has extensive experience performing tummy tucks, often doing two or three a week. For optimal results, it is important that patients keep in mind that a tummy tuck is a body sculpting procedure, not a weight loss remedy. Patients should also closely follow post-operative procedures and activity restrictions to avoid complications and help with recovery.

Take the First Step Achieve a Slimmer Figure

By working with a double board-certified surgeon like Vishnu Rumalla, you can expect to enjoy predictable and safe results from your cosmetic procedure.

If you live in or near Fort Worth and are seeking a slimmer midsection, we are always welcoming new patients. 

To schedule your consultation, please contact our office online or call:

(817) 334-0030

Dr. Rumalla and his team at Tarrant Plastic Surgery
Dr. Rumalla and our team at Tarrant Plastic Surgery

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After having 4 kids and seeing how my pregnancy affected my body, I was on the look out for a plastic surgeon to do a Mommy Makeover. I was referred to Dr Rumalla, and that was the BEST decision I have ever made. Dr Rumalla was very thorough in explaining the procedures I was interested in. The after care from him and his wonderful staff was more than I could ask for. I recommend him to everyone who will listen!!!!!

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Nancy Wesley


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Dr. Rumalla and his staff are the best.  They are attentive, thorough and caring.   Dr. Rumalla was recommended to me, by my hernia surgeon, for an abdominoplasty.  The surgery was necessary for my post operative health.  Dr. Rumallas staff coordinated all aspects of coordinating my surgery with the hospital and my hernia surgeon.  I didn't have to think about anything but my health.  Dr. Rumalla has continued to schedule appointments with me to ensure that I continue to heal well.   I highly recommend Dr. Rumalla.

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Are You Considering Other Treatments? Find Out Which Is Best for You

Conflicting or incomplete information from different sources leaves many people unsure of the best course of action. If you are interested in one of our other treatments, such as liposuction, we suggest scheduling a consultation with Dr. Rumalla at one of our three Fort Worth area locations. He will devote the time needed to carefully go over your plastic surgery questions and determine the optimal procedure to address your needs. He can also discuss procedures that can be performed in conjunction with abdominoplasty as part of a mommy makeover plan or after significant weight loss to deliver even more comprehensive results

Choose a Plastic Surgeon That Tailors Treatment to Your Needs

After major weight loss or pregnancy, patients may want to smooth their excess skin with with a tummy tuck.

This procedure can make a huge difference in their overall self esteem — especially when each treatment is planned individually.

Dr. Rumalla is proud to offer personally tailored plans to all of his patients. From straightforward abdominoplasties to additional liposuction, he can help you refine your belly button and bikini area.

Hesitant to begin? Your wellbeing is Dr. Rumalla's first priority. Rest assured, he will not schedule you for a traditional or mini tummy tuck if he does not believe that you are a safe candidate for the surgery.

To learn more, contact one of our three Fort Worth-area offices for a complimentary consultation or call

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Each week, Dr. Rumalla helps patients like you refine their figure with a tummy tuck. He and his team have three offices in Fort Worth, Southlake, and Keller, TX, for your convenience.

What to Expect During Your Consultation

During your consultation at our Fort Worth office, Dr. Rumalla will listen attentively to your personal cosmetic goals. Dr. Rumalla has a reputation for setting aside ample time to discuss treatment options with patients. After discussing your goals, Dr. Rumalla will review your health and lifestyle habits so he can offer suitable recommendations for surgery or possible alternative body contouring treatments. He will discuss: 

  • Current medications and drug allergies
  • Previous surgeries
  • Alcohol, herbal supplements, and tobacco use
  • Risk factors you have for surgery

The exam portion of your appointment may include photographs. Before you leave, Dr. Rumalla will thoroughly discuss potential risks and complications related to plastic surgery, as well as cosmetic results that you can expect following your procedure. 

The Results Were "Beyond My Expectations" 




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I am a mother of 3 and went to Dr. Rumala for a mini tummy tuck. I had never considered plastic surgery before and Dr. Rumala and his staff made the entire process absolutely worthwhile.  Dr. Rumala was attentive, responsive to my questions, supportive of my needs as a busy mom, and fully appreciative of the goals I hoped to accomplish ... The results of my procedure were beyond my expectations ... Finally, I would end with my husband's quote once he saw my results: "Honey, there is nothing better than money well spent! You look amazing!" 

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My abdominal wall had significantly separated after giving birth to my son fifteen years ago.  The lack of abdominal muscles left my back to do all the work and I dealt with pain constantly.  I finally decided to deal with this issue and have a tummy tuck with breast lift/reduction.  For these procedures, I had two consultations with highly recommended plastic surgeons.  Just between these two surgeons, there were vast differences in procedure and care.  I am so thankful I chose Dr. Vishnu Rumalla for several reasons ...

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Reducing the Risks of Plastic Surgery

While the majority of traditional and mini tummy tuck surgeries go smoothly, any major surgery involves a certain amount of risk. However, you can lower your risks for this or other body contouring procedures by following these simple steps: 

Work with Board-Certified Surgeons

Dr. Rumalla is double-board certified, by both the American Board of Plastic Surgeons and the American Board of Surgery. Both of these boards are recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties, which is made up of 24 boards that are recognized for upholding the highest of standards related to the education, training, and review of its members. Patients should be careful to explore which boards individual plastic surgeons belong to. Not every “board” is recognized by the ABMS.

Use Practices Offering Free CosmetAssure Insurance

For added peace of mind and at no extra charge to cosmetic surgery patients, our Fort Worth practice also partners with a program called CosmetAssure® which is designed to cover the cost of treating a complication, should it arise, that might not be covered by your health insurance. 

Understand the Risks

The possible risks associated with this procedure include anesthesia complications, infection, fluid accumulation, poor healing, and unfavorable scarring. Even when working with an esteemed surgeon, patients should take time to think carefully about potential risks and complications that can result from elective surgeries before making the important decision to proceed with any cosmetic operation.

"Superior Surgical Skills"  Praise for Dr. Rumalla


Amy G


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I just had a Tummy Tuck, Muscle Repair and Lipo done a few days ago. I’m more than pleased with the outcome so far! I picked Dr. Rumalla because he was extremely caring, knowledgeable and genuine. He took time to care for me at the hospital after my surgery and I was grateful for that. There is no need to look any further for a plastic surgeon, this is your place!

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Hunter Riley


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My name is Lisa and I am a registered nurse.  I had a tummy tuck done in December.  The results are amazing!!!  I have a completely flat abdomen and the area looks fantastic.  I can not be more pleased.  The staff were so helpful and Dr. Rumalla is easy to talk with and his surgical skills are superior.   The whole experience was so worth it.  I have my last visit next week.  I cannot wait for summer outfits for the first time in a long time.  Thank you all at Tarrant Plastic Surgery.

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A Closer Look at the Procedure

This animation illustrates how the abdominoplasty is performed at our Fort Worth surgery center.
"Being a doctor, and particularly a surgeon, affords you the ability to really interact with people's lives. I have the unique opportunity of helping people improve themselves, restore themselves...That opportunity to help them grow and improve is one of the great privileges in all of medicine." Dr. Rumalla

Procedure Overview

Your abdominoplasty will be performed at our fully accredited surgical center or a hospital. During the procedure, Dr. Rumalla removes excess skin and tissue near the midsection and tightens loose abdominal muscles; the surgery can target the upper or lower abdominal regions, or both. Abdominoplasty may or may not include liposuction, depending on your goals.


Your surgery will be performed using general anesthesia so you can “sleep” through the procedure.


Once you are under the effects of general anesthesia, Dr. Rumalla will make a horizontal incision along your lower abdomen from one hipbone to the other. He will place it low enough so that it can be covered by underwear and bikini bottoms. Another incision around the belly button may be made to allow for the tightening of abdominal muscles.

Removal of Excess Tissue

Once the incisions are made, Dr. Rumalla will remove excess skin and fat as needed to achieve a more youthful and athletic midsection. The abdominal muscles can be tightened by suturing the muscles as needed.

Tightening and Sutures

The final step involves pulling the remaining tissue into a tighter position and suturing the skin in place. 

Begin Recovery

You will then be brought to a recovery room where you will be monitored closely as you recover from the effects of anesthesia. The procedure may require one night in a recovery room. Some patients are released the same day as their procedure. 

Recovery & Aftercare

We will provide detailed instructions to follow after your surgery, but here are some general tips ...

After Surgery

Following your surgery, you will have bandages and a compression garment placed over your lower abdomen. Some patients may have one or more small drainage tubes placed. We also utilize pain pumps to manage post-operative discomfort. Your recovery guidelines will include details about how to care for your surgical site, when to take medications, and other details related to your general health and healing. 

In the Days Following Your Procedure

We ask all of our patients to be patient with the healing process. We understand the desire to resume normal activities, but the best cosmetic results can be obtained when patients rest and refrain from exerting themselves until Dr. Rumalla gives his approval. Individual patients will experience different recovery lengths. In general, patients should rest for a few days following surgery.

In the Following Weeks

A special abdominal garment may need to be worn for about six weeks.

Dr. Rumalla will follow your recovery closely and always be available to answer any questions you have.

Schedule a Complimentary Consultation Find Out If You Are a Candidate

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If you are self-conscious about excess tissue or fat around your abdominal area, you may be a candidate for mini tummy tuck or traditional abdominoplasty at Tarrant Plastic Surgery in Fort Worth. When you choose our practice, you can benefit from safe and discreet treatment at our surgical center, which has been fully accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF). Flexible financing is available.

Request a consultation with Dr. Rumalla today by contacting us online or calling us:

(817) 334-0030

Frequently Asked Questions

How Obvious Will My Scar Be? 

Patients often ask about the prominence of scarring. Your scar will naturally fade, though it will not fully disappear. However, Dr. Rumalla makes the incision low in the bikini line so that any remaining mark is minimal. It may take several months for the scar to heal to its furthest extent. Our team offers supervised scar management to ensure you achieve the most discreet scarring possible.

How Long Does Swelling Last?

Initially, your results may be obscured by the normal swelling associated with surgery. After around one to two weeks, you will be able to see the initial effects of your procedure. However, the full results may not be apparent for several weeks or even months following surgery. As your body heals, you will begin noticing that your profile appears slimmer and more youthful. This can be a very exciting period for our patients. 

How Do I Maintain My New Look?

Patients have an important role to play in maintaining their slimmer profile. Proper diet and exercise are two obvious ways that patients can ensure they retain the stunning cosmetic results of their procedure. Dr. Rumalla will provide further advice and tips on how to maintain your new physique.

Our Doctor Achieves Natural-Looking, Stunning Effects

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We were able to help our patient achieve a taut midsection with a full abdominoplasty incorporating muscle repair and minor liposuction.

A Tummy Tuck May Reduce Your Stretch Marks

Stretch marks and excess skin are common partners. While some people like their stretch marks, others might prefer not to have them.

If you are considering a tummy tuck, then you may be happy to know that this surgery can greatly reduce stretch marks between the bikini line and the belly button.

Just remember, any stretch marks outside of that area will be unaffected by the procedure.

"Dr. Rumalla far exceeded my expectations in every way." Why Fort Worth-Area Patients Visit Us


Mikalene Sutton


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I have multiple sclerosis and my stomach was severely scarred from giving myself copaxone shots in my abdominal area . Even though I was in my late 50’s , I still wanted to wear a bikini but I was self conscious because of my ugly stomach SO I found Dr. Rumalla and he did my abdominoplasty. I can’t express enough how wonderful an experience I had . From the consultation to the last checkup after my surgery , he and his staff were so very personable and professional. Dr. Rumalla far exceeded my expectations in every way . Besides my tummy looking absolutely spectacular , he is also extremely friendly and caring with an excellent bedside manner and I was so impressed that he personally came to my room to get me out of bed to help me walk my first steps post- surgery . I highly recommend him . Don’t go to anyone else … Dr. Rumalla is your man !

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Stephanie Wingo


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I absolutely love Dr. Rumalla and his team! I’m 8 weeks post-op and love my results!!! I’ve already purchased a few bikinis for the summer. I haven’t worn one of those in over 20years! I opted to stay overnight in the hospital. After surgery, Dr. Rumalla checked on me, came back that night to walk me and ensure I was okay, and again the following day. I was not expecting this level of care from my surgeon; he really went above and beyond. Valerie, Stephanie, and Jamie assisted during my follow-up visits. They were all so sweet, answered all my questions, and helped with changing bandages before Dr. Rumalla checked on me. I did a lot of research before selecting a surgeon, and I couldn’t be happier with my decision!!!

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Dr. Vishnu Rumalla is a board-certified plastic surgeon. He is affiliated with several professional organizations, including:

  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • The American Board of Surgery

Contact our practice online or call us at (817) 334-0030 to schedule an appointment.

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