The RG Plastic Surgery Difference: The RG 360 Abdominoplasty

Dr. Ramirez Gavidia designs his signature tummy tuck, the RG 360 abdominoplasty, to be performed in conjunction with HD VASER® lipo. This creates a seamless circumferential change and reshapes the entirety of the trunk. Liposuction of the sides, flanks, and back creates dramatic changes to the body contour. 

Pairing 360 liposuction with a tummy tuck is Dr. Ramirez Gavidia’s signature customized strategy that leads to higher patient satisfaction and noticeably superior results. This combination reflects Dr. Ramirez Gavidia’s holistic approach, which he takes with every procedure he performs. Instead of focusing on just one area, he will always carry out multiple treatments to achieve a more consistent, comprehensive, and balanced result.

Why is it Called “360 Lipo”?

This dimensional style of liposuction is often referred to as “360 lipo” because it encircles the middle of the body — 360 degrees. Tighter waists and hourglass figures are made possible using this approach by proportionally addressing more of the body, and not solely one front section. Dr. Ramirez Gavidia implements this strategy to refine and transform the shape of the body. 

About RG 360 Abdominoplasty

Addressing the combination of the fat layer, the compromised skin, and the abdominal wall is the multi-faceted nature of performing an abdominoplasty, commonly referred to as a “tummy tuck”.

A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that removes excess fat and skin and restores separated muscles. This surgery creates a tighter contour by cinching the abdominal wall, helping patients achieve a more youthful, streamlined aesthetic.

What are the Benefits of a Tummy Tuck?

  • Corrects abdominal protrusion
  • Tightens weak stomach muscles
  • Removing excess fat and skin 
  • Strengthens abdominal muscles to improve both appearance and functionality
  • Overall flattens the abdomen
  • Improves overall degree of mobility and daily comfort

Why Consider the RG 360 Abdominoplasty?

While a flat, toned abdomen is universally sought after, sometimes diet and exercise are simply not enough to achieve this goal. In many cases, a person can still have a protruding abdomen or loose and sagging skin while being at a completely healthy body weight. Pregnancy and significant weight fluctuations can stretch out the skin that surrounds your abdomen. When this happens, your internal muscles may also be pulled open. This can produce a pushed-out stomach appearance.

Contributing Factors:

  • Aging
  • Genetics/heredity
  • Pregnancy
  • A prior surgery
  • Significant fluctuations in weight
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Ideal Candidates

An abdominoplasty is designed for those who have an excess of lax skin and fat concentrated in the abdomen. Candidates should be mindful of expectations regarding the capabilities of the surgery.

This procedure is for both men and women. Dr. Ramirez Gavidia is pleased to offer this exciting body contouring procedure at his Nashville practice.

Individuals who make the best candidates for the RG 360 abdominoplasty:

  • Are bothered by the appearance of their abdomen
  • Are within (+/-) 25 pounds of their ideal weight
  • Are physically healthy non-smokers who are at a stable weight
  • Have realistic expectations for what the procedure can accomplish
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What to Expect During Your Consultation

Recognizing that each patient and their aesthetic goals are unique, a personalized consultation is the critical first step in the process of determining if an RG 360 abdominoplasty is the right choice for you. The success of this surgery is dependent on you being fully informed about the procedure, and also on you being aware of what can be realistically achieved with an abdominoplasty.

During your consultation, medical “before” photographs will be taken as part of your medical chart to document your starting point baseline. These will serve as visual tools to compare to other before-and-after pictures. We will help you visualize the possibilities of your outcome. In addition, you’ll be asked about your general health, surgical goals, and any questions or concerns you may have. Dr. Ramirez Gavidia will perform a physical exam, explain all your options, and will recommend what treatment plan will be the best course of action for you. He will also present other surgical results and go over potential risks and complications.

The success, safety, and satisfaction of this procedure depends on your complete honesty about your health, desired look, and lifestyle.

Your consultation is the best time to ask questions because it is vitally important to understand all aspects of this surgical procedure prior to making your decision. Don’t let shyness or anxiety keep you from discussing anything with Dr. Ramirez Gavidia. Open communication is paramount in helping us get you your best outcome!

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The Brazilian Butt Lift

Dr. Ramirez Gavidia’s 360 abdominoplasty procedure always includes a Brazilian butt lift, or “BBL”, for elevated results. This goes hand-in-hand with his holistic approach of combining procedures to achieve the very best result possible. By performing various procedures together, your outcome will be more proportional and pleasing.

Limitations of the RG 360 Abdominoplasty

  • It’s important to understand that this procedure does not replace a healthy diet and exercise program. 
  • While the results are intended to be permanent, they can be compromised if your weight fluctuates significantly. 
  • Patients who are planning on losing weight or women who are planning future pregnancies should plan this procedure for a later time. 
  • Abdominoplasties cannot erase stretch marks, but their appearance may be improved if they are in the area of excess skin that is excised. 
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Understanding Subcutaneous Fat and Visceral Fat

It’s important to understand the distinction between subcutaneous fat and visceral fat in further understanding the limitations of this procedure.

Subcutaneous fat or extra abdominal fat exists over the muscle layer. This fat is generally pinchable and accessible to your surgeon. This fat can be liposuctioned to enhance your procedure.

Visceral or intra-abdominal fat is another matter. Visceral fat exists between and around the organs in the abdominal cavity behind the muscle layer. Visceral fat is not accessible for your surgeon to remove with liposuction. Therefore, bellies that are protruding due to visceral fat may not achieve the desired results with this procedure because the distended abdominal appearance may not change or blend well after joining the upper and lower portions of the incision. 

Since it is not surgically accessible, visceral fat is best eliminated through proper diet and exercise.

Are All Abdominoplasties the Same?

Dr. Ramirez does not believe in one-size-fits-all procedures. Depending on the needs of the individual patient, the technique that he uses for your RG 360 abdominoplasty can vary.

Complete Tummy Tuck

The most common type of abdominoplasty is a complete tummy tuck. In a complete abdominoplasty, the incision is made from hip to hip to eliminate the excess skin and fat. The shape and length of the incision are contoured to be hidden even in a bikini. Other factors in determining the incision specifications are your preferences and the amount of correction that is needed. Note that there is an incision made around the belly button to restore its ideal position. To ensure the best outcome and contouring, Dr. Ramirez Gavidia will use liposuction to sculpt the torso for a customized approach. 

Belt Tummy Tuck

In a belt tummy tuck (or “extended” tummy tuck), the entire abdomen and back are addressed. This procedure utilizes an incision surrounding the body like a belt following the waist. This tummy tuck variant is generally recommended for patients that have lost significant amounts of weight or who have larger fat deposits with greater amounts of excess skin. This procedure eliminates excess skin from the sides of the abdomen and back while also lifting both the buttocks and some of the thighs. 

Mini Tummy Tuck

The mini tummy tuck variant (also known as a “partial abdominoplasty” or “mini lipectomy”) is for patients with smaller accumulations of fat and skin. The incision is smaller with this technique and the manipulation of the skin and underlying structures is also proportionately smaller. Incisions are usually as low as possible, and there are generally no incisions made around the belly button. 

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FAQ

How much does RG 360 abdominoplasty cost?

Is the RG 360 abdominoplasty safe?

What are the risks associated with the RG 360 abdominoplasty?

How much does RG 360 abdominoplasty cost?

Once your consultation with Dr. Ramirez Gavidia is complete, our patient coordinator will provide you with a detailed written estimate of surgical fees for your procedure and will assist you in selecting a date for your surgery, as well as coordinating with the hospital and anesthesiologist. The patient coordinator will also answer any questions about the payment options available at RG Plastic Surgery.

Is the RG 360 abdominoplasty safe?

Abdominoplasties are safe procedures when performed by Dr. Ramirez Gavidia — who is a double board-certified and highly trained plastic surgeon — and done within an accredited surgical facility with a superior medical staff. Dr. Ramirez Gavidia adheres to recommendations and protocols for safety put in place by the national governing boards of plastic surgery to secure your safety and to promote the healthiest outcome. Training, experience, and practicing safety protocols make cosmetic surgeries safe options for healthy candidates. Rest assured Dr. Ramirez Gavidia maintains patient safety as a top priority.

What are the risks associated with the RG 360 abdominoplasty?

While the risks associated with this procedure are low, they do exist.

Risks include:

  • Blood clots 
  • Infection 
  • Skin loss 
  • Bleeding under the flap 
  • Poor healing resulting in conspicuous scarring 
  • Blood clots in the legs (if dislodged to the heart, can be fatal)
  • Possible need for a second surgery 

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Considering Incisions

The RG Plastic Surgery difference begins by addressing the entire contour of the body, with special attention to the trunk. 

The decision to undergo an abdominoplasty requires consideration of the incision. Excising the skin is only one component of surgery. Before becoming anxious about scarring, it’s important to note that no amount of dieting can remove excess skin — and no amount of exercise can bring an abdominal wall back together and flatten your midsection. In addition to improving the skin laxity and the abdominal wall, Dr. Ramirez Gavidia combines a tummy tuck with liposuction to further contour the entire midsection and enhance the resulting waistline and silhouette.

It’s important to understand that the amount of correction needed will determine the length of your incision. It is through this incision that the weakened and separated abdominal muscles can be corrected and sutured back to position. Dr. Ramirez Gavidia accomplishes this by creating an internal corset, which cinches in the waist. The skin and excess fat excised in the procedure is shaped like an ellipse and generally extends from the top of the belly button to the top of the pubic bone and hip to hip. The incision is strategically placed to be hidden behind undergarments and swimwear. An incision around the belly button may be necessary to remove additional skin on the upper area of the abdomen. 

Recovery

Be advised that the recovery process from this procedure is a commitment, and the aftercare and post-operative procedures recommended that Dr. Ramirez Gavidia should be followed precisely. 

In most cases, we recommend that tummy tuck patients plan on taking a break from regular activities for at least 7-10 days immediately after surgery. Your first follow-up appointment will be within these following 7-10 days. Your drains will be removed during this appointment. 

Lymphatic drainage massages are recommended to aid with swelling and fluid retention. Typically, 10 massages within the first 2-4 weeks are the best strategy. 

Special compression garments should be worn after surgery to aid with swelling and to promote the healing process. Dr. Ramirez Gavidia will clear you for more strenuous activities as your recovery progresses and is assessed via subsequent follow-up appointments.

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Results

A tummy tuck creates a smoother, flatter abdomen and a more contoured waistline. You can expect to feel more proportioned in your body with the removal of excess skin and fat. While some results may be visible right away, it takes six months to a year for the final results to become visible.

 The lasting power of an abdominoplasty is impossible to predict because it’s dependent on your physical conditioning post-surgery and how your weight, exercise, and lifestyle habits are maintained. 

The results of this procedure are technically permanent, but they can also be compromised through significant fluctuations in weight. Therefore, it’s important to be conscientious of healthy lifestyle habits to keep a longer-lasting result.

Why Choose RG Plastic Surgery?

If you’re interested in improving the appearance of your abdomen and buttocks in a comprehensive procedure, you’re in the perfect place. RG 360 liposuction with a tummy tuck is one of Dr. Ramirez Gavidia’s top procedures at our Nashville practice. Dr. J. Roberto Ramirez Gavidia is a double board-certified aesthetic surgeon of the face, breast, and body who has been serving Nashville for five years. He is considered by many to be the top plastic surgeon in the area, and he has established himself with his artistry, holistic philosophy, technique, and most importantly, his results. With a unique view of the artistic side of plastic surgery, Dr. Ramirez Gavidia sees his work as true sculpting. He tweaks and refines procedures to get the absolute best results, paying great attention to detail with every step for incredible results.

Your Next Step

RG Plastic Surgery is proud to provide the highest standard of cosmetic care to clients in the Nashville area. The journey to your contoured core and tightest waist possible begins with a consultation. Please call us or click here to schedule a consultation for RG 360 abdominoplasty body contouring at our practice in Nashville. During your first meeting with Dr. Ramirez Gavidia, he will explain which technique is the wisest choice for your goals. Learning which surgery or combination of surgeries suits you is the first step in allowing us at RG Plastic Surgery to lead you to a more confident new you. We look forward to meeting you!

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