What is Abdominoplasty

Whether a result of aging, large fluctuations in weight, or multiple pregnancies, loose and sagging midsections are an unfortunate reality for many adults. Luckily, Beverly Hills Cosmetic Surgeon Dr. Vallecillos offers a surgery that can help.

Abdominoplasty, more commonly known as a tummy tuck, is a surgical procedure performed to tighten the abdominal wall, re-contour the upper and lower abdomen, remove excess fat and skin, and reposition the belly button. The result is a slimmer, firmer you.

Limitations on Abdominoplasty

It is important to stress that abdominoplasty is not a viable option for correcting the following conditions:

  • Weight loss
  • Stretch mark removal
  • As a substitute for a healthy lifestyle

The difference between abdominoplasty and liposuction should also be noted. While liposuction may be used to remove excess fat during a tummy tuck, the main component of this surgery is the removal of excess skin.

If you have a firm abdominal wall and your skin retains its elasticity, you may only need to undergo liposuction to remove stubborn pockets of fat. Be sure to discuss your goals with Dr. Vallecillos during your consultation.

Recovery Tips after Abdominoplasty

An abdominoplasty is an invasive procedure, and you should be prepared for a recovery period that can last for up to six months after your surgery. It is normal to experience widespread bruising and swelling, some of which may last for months. Although every patient heals at a different pace, there are a few ways to help minimize discomfort and encourage a speedy recovery.

1. Lower Leg Elevation

In the immediate post-surgical period, rest is imperative. To help reduce swelling, be sure to maintain legs in an elevated position while lying down – a few pillows under each knee should suffice. This will help ensure proper circulation.

2. Compression

After your surgery, your sutures will be bandaged and you will be provided with a compression garment to wear. Compression garments help control swelling during the initial post-operative period, and should be worn during your recovery as instructed by Dr. Vallecillos.

3. Scar Treatment

Due to the type of incision required for an abdominoplasty, you will have a long, thin scar usually extending from one hip to the other. Dr. Vallecillos will place the incision below the bikini/boxer line, but you may still wish to consider scar revision treatment to reduce its appearance. There are several options for scar lightening and reduction, which may include:

  • Laser therapy
  • IPL (intense pulsed light)
  • Topical skin-lightening agents

Abdominoplasty Before & Afters



Enhance Your Abdominoplasty

Although abdominoplasty should be considered a long-term solution for improving the appearance of the midsection, you may wish to consider additional procedures to enhance your results.

  • Mommy Makeover: Adding a breast lift and/or augmentation will help to achieve a more balanced and harmonious contour for the figure as a whole.
  • Lower Body Lift: Drooping and sagging is not only for the abdomen. A lower body lift tightens tissue and removes excess skin from the inner thighs and buttocks area.

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