Dr. Hamilton, a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon in Houston, focuses on understanding each patient’s personal aesthetic goals in order to create a customized plan for abdominal rejuvenation. She blends her aesthetic eye and deep understanding of the human body’s intricate anatomy with advanced, state-of-the-art technical skills to create a beautiful body contour that epitomizes harmony, proportion, and symmetry.
What is Abdominoplasty?
Abdominoplasty (or tummy tuck surgery) is a transformative body-contouring procedure that rejuvenates the abdomen with finesse by removing excess skin and fat while restoring the integrity of the abdominal core musculature. Dr. Kristy Hamilton’s signature technique creates a sculpted contour, tighter physique, and slimmer waistline to restore a beautiful, feminine hourglass-shape to the body.
Both women and men can benefit from abdominoplasty surgery. For female patients, Dr. Hamilton creates an internal corset to restore attractive, contoured curves and a narrow waist—with liposculpture being employed to create soft, feminine contours alongside the repaired rectus abdominis muscles (the “abs”). For male patients, an abdominoplasty provides a toned, athletic appearance, emphasizing a masculine V-shaped torso. An abdominoplasty is often combined with high-definition liposculpture—also known as abdominal etching—to highlight the natural hills and valleys of a toned, muscular abdomen for an athletic look.
“I have a vision of understated elegance, quiet personal attention, and artistic detail for my patients as I craft, capture and create their desired aesthetic results, infusing them with confidence and passion.”
What Are the Benefits of a Tummy Tuck?
Dr. Hamilton’s customized and meticulously-executed tummy tuck restores both the function of the abdominal core as well as the aesthetics of the abdomen. She approaches each case with artistry and well-honed surgical skill. Dr. Hamilton’s signature technique for performing an abdominoplasty produces the following significant benefits:
- A beautifully contoured waist with a flat, firm, slimmer, toned abdomen.
- Restored core integrity through surgical correction of a rectus diastasis (separated abdominal muscles).
- Restoration and enhancement of the pre-pregnancy figure for women after childbirth. A tummy tuck is often included as part of a comprehensive “mommy makeover” procedure (which also involves breast-rejuvenating surgery).
- Alleviation of back pain and other symptoms of a weakened core (such as bulging) when the abdominal muscles are repaired.
- Excision of excess fat and skin after major weight loss.
- Increased pelvic and bladder stability.
- Enhanced quality of life, elevating patients’ comfort and confidence.
A tummy tuck can be performed in combination with other cosmetic procedures for total body rejuvenation. In these cases, Dr. Hamilton will discuss her patients’ additional aesthetic goals during a personal consultation and create a bespoke surgical plan for the multiple areas they would like addressed, such as the arms, thighs, breasts, and face.
What Does the Tummy Tuck Procedure Entail?
Per her patients’ aesthetic goals, Dr. Hamilton develops a precise surgical plan to achieve a gorgeous, sculpted abdomen for each patient. She performs the procedure on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. Dr. Hamilton removes excess skin and fat with precision, meticulously tightens the underlying musculature with an internal corset, and artfully sculpts the remaining tissues to create beautifully-sculpted contours.
Dr. Hamilton always includes liposuction for all of her abdominoplasty patients in order to precisely smooth and shape their waist and flanks, thereby accentuating the newly flat, taut abdomen with elegant curves. Additional liposuction can be performed to smooth and sculpt the patient’s back for 360° results.
A highlight of Dr. Hamilton’s abdominoplasty procedure is her signature, natural-looking belly button. Dr. Hamilton believes the belly button is incredibly important since it is the only visible sign of surgery when wearing a bikini or undergarments, and she takes great effort to tuck the belly button inside to ensure a beautiful, subtle result. She is well-known for her super-fine suturing—with every stitch being hand-tied—and her beautifully-symmetrical, artistic incision lines.
What is Recovery Like After a Tummy Tuck?
Dr. Hamilton is passionate about ensuring her patients receive an unparalleled aesthetic care experience, and she has revolutionized her approach to abdominoplasty in order to enhance patient comfort and minimize the recovery time. Patients begin her non-narcotic Accelerated Recovery Protocol prior to surgery, so that they enter the operating room in a pre-calmed, anti-inflammatory state. She utilizes an advanced, long-lasting numbing medication after surgery to keep patients comfortable as they begin the healing process.
Patients awaken in a compression garment after surgery to reduce swelling and create structural support for the abdomen, which provides both comfort and enhances the aesthetic result. Lymphatic massage further assists in reducing swelling and accelerating recovery.
As part of her commitment to providing the highest caliber of care for her patients, Dr. Hamilton incorporates meticulous post-operative scar care into every abdominoplasty treatment plan. Silicone gel sheeting begins shortly after surgery, followed by laser treatments to fade scars maximally.
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Dr. Kristy Hamilton is a board-certified aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgeon who treats patients from around the world. To schedule an in-person or virtual consultation, please contact Dr. Hamilton’s office, visit her website (www.drkristyhamilton.com), or send a Direct Message to @drkristyhamilton via her Instagram account. Dr. Hamilton takes great joy in providing her patients with plastic surgery that is artistic, elegant, and natural, and reflects their personal aesthetic style.