The Center For Plastic Surgery and Med Spa
Sandra Bouzaglou, MD, FACS
Board-Certified Surgeon & Body Contouring Specialist located in Lexington, KY & Newport Beach, CA
Abdominoplasty surgery is a safe and effective treatment to permanently remove excess fat and skin from the abdomen. At The Center for Plastic Surgery and Med Spa in Lexington, Kentucky, double board-certified plastic surgeon Sandra Bouzaglou, MD, FACS, performs abdominoplasty with local anesthesia and oral sedation to deliver beautiful results without putting you under general anesthesia. She can even combine the treatment with liposuction to enhance your results. To learn more about abdominoplasty, call The Center for Plastic Surgery and Med Spa, or schedule an appointment online today.
What is abdominoplasty?
Commonly called a tummy tuck, abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the abdominal area and tightens the underlying muscles. This treatment is highly effective for men and women with stubborn abdominal fat from extreme weight loss or multiple pregnancies.
How does abdominoplasty work?
Abdominoplasty is a complex procedure that involves removing excess fat from your abdomen and tightening the surrounding skin. Tightening the underlying vertical abdominal muscles is essential to maintain your results. Dr. Bouzaglou also removes or repositions any excess skin to smooth and flatten the abdomen.
Why should I consider abdominoplasty?
Dr. Bouzaglou recommends abdominoplasty to patients who struggle with excess abdominal fat, low muscle tone, and poor skin elasticity. Many patients who consider abdominoplasty struggle with excess fat and skin from:
- Substantial weight loss
- Multiple childbirths
- Cesarean section (C-section) abdominal surgery
- Natural aging
If you have stretch marks underneath the belly button, abdominoplasty can also help smooth the texture of your skin.
Can I combine abdominoplasty with other treatments?
Dr. Bouzaglou frequently combines abdominoplasty with liposuction, a procedure that permanently removes unwanted fat cells from the treatment area. Liposuction can enhance your fat loss for dramatic results.
Some patients also choose to undergo breast augmentation and abdominoplasty at the same time. A complete “mommy makeover,” which includes abdominoplasty, breast augmentation, liposuction, and the Brazilian butt lift, can even help women restore their pre-pregnancy physique after childbirth.
What happens during abdominoplasty?
After administering a local anesthetic and oral sedation, Dr. Bouzaglou makes a horizontal incision just above the pubic hairline, also called the bikini line. Next, she lifts the skin and repairs the weakened muscles underneath.
Dr. Bouzaglou then removes any excess fat and gently pulls the skin down, removes any excess skin, creates a new opening for the belly button, and sutures your incision.
How long is the recovery after abdominoplasty?
The recovery period after abdominoplasty typically takes about six weeks. During this time, it’s important to wear an abdominal binder or compression dressing to prevent fluid buildup and accelerate healing. Avoiding strenuous activity is also essential to protect your incision while it heals.
You may require additional recovery time if you opt for additional surgical procedures during your abdominoplasty.
To find out if you’re a candidate for abdominoplasty, call The Center for Plastic Surgery and Med Spa, or schedule an appointment online now.