What is Abdominoplasty?
While a toned stomach can usually be achieved through a healthy diet plan and exercise, those "washboard" abs many patients want are extremely difficult and in some cases impossible for everyone to have. If you'd like a defined stomach with a clear "six-pack," board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Kevin Hanz performs abdominoplasty at his practice in Dallas, TX. An extremely refined liposuction technique, ab etching can help to remove small amounts of stubborn fat from your middle and define your abdominal muscles. Contact Kevin R. Hanz, M.D. Aesthetic Plastic Surgery to learn more about how you can sculpt a six-pack today.
What are the benefits?
Abdominoplasty procedures at Kevin R. Hanz, M.D. Aesthetic Plastic Surgery provide a number of benefits to a wide range of patients, some of which include:
- Gender neutral treatment that helps everyone achieve their goals
- Lower invasiveness than full liposuction
- Addresses muscle tone that exercise and diet fail to be effective for
- Gives you full confidence and excitement in the body you have worked for
"AirSculpt Waist, Flanks, Hips Was Lifechanging! - I've always struggled with losing unwanted fat and weight in my love handles, hips, and sides. I had researched so many procedure options and by far Airsculpt had the best results for the price+safety. My overall procedure and post care went great! I had very minimal swelling and I am over the moon with my results! I would recommend to anyone searching for permanent results and next to no down time involved. Also, Dr. Hanz was the best! I was pretty nervous going in, and they calmed me down and explained in detail everything the procedure entailed."- N. / RealSelf / Dec 29, 2021
"I recently started Sciton Halo and Sciton BBL treatments with Amy Sanders. Amy took the time to explain each of the treatments and what to expect before, during and after treatments. Amy’s post care attention went above and beyond making herself available by phone for any and all questions and concerns. On my follow-up appointment, I was so encouraged when I realized the entire office staff was almost as excited for my results as I was. After just one treatment of both, I have already seen such a positive improvement to my face and chest areas. I live in the San Antonio area and feel my trips up to Dr. Hanz’s office for my aesthetic procedures are 100% worth it. Dr. Hanz and his staff are wonderful and I highly recommend!"- TS / Office Visit / Apr 03, 2022
"Dr. Hanz is Amazing...straight forward, exactly what we were looking for in a surgeon. His staff was pleasant and very helpful. Would go a back for any future procedures. Thank you Dr. Hanz for your help."- K.C. / Google / Jan 27, 2022
"I had gained a lot of weight during covid and with a full time job and kids I found it hard to manage healthy eating and frequent exercise. I went to Dr. Kevin Hanz and met with his amazing staff. They recommended a weight loss drug called ozempic or semiglutide. I have been taking one dose a week at home and have lost 20 pounds in 19 weeks! Nothing else has changed in my daily routine. All of my cravings for wine and snacks has completely gone away. When I do have a meal I find I only eat about half. I have had no side effects other than a little exhaustion the day after I take it. Kevin's office staff has been amazing and I would recommend this 10/10! I had tried lipo and cool sculpting in the past and lost no where near as much weight as I have on ozempic!"- L.I. / Google / Jan 26, 2023
"Shocked at Amazing Results - removed 90-95% of the sun spots and freckles - I had laser resurfacing (using Cartessa Tetra CO2 laser) to my face and chest with Dr Hanz. I owned a tanning salon for years and my sun damage was horrible. I thought this could help. I was shocked at how it removed 90-95% of the sun spots and freckles. Also diminished the “leathery” looking skin on my chest. My friends are all in disbelief of how good I look now!"- P. / RealSelf / Jan 25, 2023
Would I be A Good Candidate for Abdominoplasty?
At your consultation, Dr. Hanz will examine your body to decide whether you're a good candidate for abdominoplasty. To be a good candidate for ab sculpting surgery, you should be in a healthy weight range with the most stubborn areas of fat covering your abdominal muscles. You should have a low body fat percentage (ideally below 20%) and have tried to improve your core using a high-protein diet, regular exercise, and stomach muscle training. Due to hormones, genetics, or pregnancy, you might naturally be unable to get washboard abs and this could be a good solution.
What is the Abdominoplasty Process?
Dr. Hanz performs ab etching as an outpatient surgery in a licensed surgical facility while you are under anesthesia. Throughout the 1 – 2-hour procedure, Dr. Hanz will make one or more small incisions so he can insert a thin, hollow tube (cannula) to remove fat. He will etch the midline linea alba (middle of the abdomen) and the outline of the rectus muscle (where the abs are formed). To reveal a six-pack, Dr. Hanz will define the horizontal lines and transverse inscriptions. Once the fat is removed and the abdominal muscles are fully defined, Dr. Hanz will close the incisions with sutures.
What Should I Expect After My Abdominoplasty?
Following your abdominoplasty treatment, you will need to wear a compression garment to reduce swelling and bruising, which should diminish a couple of weeks after surgery. You may experience mild discomfort following the surgery, but you should be back to work within 5 – 7 days and back to working out about three weeks after surgery. Dr. Hanz does his best to make very small incisions in your stomach's natural creases so the scars should be minimal and hard to see when fully healed. Dr. Hanz or a member of his team will explain how to properly care for your scars so they can heal cleanly and properly.
Abdominal Sculpting FAQ
Is abdominoplasty permanent?
After your abdominoplasty procedure, you can expect to see the full results in about 3 – 6 months. These results, however, are only permanent if you maintain your weight through regular exercise and a healthy diet. Significant weight gain can affect the results of your abdominoplasty procedure.
What does abdominoplasty do?
Ab sculpting, also known as ab etching, is a plastic surgery liposuction procedure to accentuate the abdominal muscles. Dr. Hanz will carefully remove fat at specific points in your abdominal area to “bring out” your abdominal muscles. This careful removal of fat highlights the lines of your abdominal muscles, giving a more defined look.
How long does ab etching take?
Abdominoplasty takes about 1 – 2 hours to complete the entire procedure.
Does ab etching hurt?
Dr. Hanz performs abdominoplasty as an outpatient procedure under anesthesia, meaning you are asleep during the procedure. After your procedure, you can expect some level of bruising and swelling during your recovery, but in general, most people will experience little pain or discomfort.
See Your Six-Pack
No matter how much time you workout, you might not be able to get a washboard stomach on your own. Abdominal sculpting at Kevin R. Hanz, M.D. Aesthetic Plastic Surgery removes the stubborn fat from your stomach and etches your muscles so you'll have a six-pack at last. If you've tried exercise and diet but are still struggling to have visible muscles, schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Hanz at his office in Dallas, TX to learn more about ab sculpting.