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What is the SGAP flap procedure?

The SGAP flap is created using skin, tissue, and fat from the upper buttocks, which is then sculpted and revised to create realistic-looking breasts. The blood vessels are carefully reattached in the chest using microsurgery, thus allowing the long-term flourishing of the autologous breast tissue. The gluteal muscle is kept intact during this procedure.

The surgeon needs a high level of technical expertise in order to properly sculpt and shape the breasts for a natural appearance. Dr. Zampell may use a variety of innovative techniques in tandem with flap surgery, such as fat grafting to achieve the most organic and symmetric appearance possible. 

A side benefit of this type of flap surgery is that it often achieves a tightening and toning effect in the rear end, mimicking a butt lift. Scarring for this surgery is typically minimized by its placement towards the top of the buttocks where it can be hidden by underwear or a bikini bottom. For some of the highest quality SGAP flap surgery Torrance has to offer, Zampell plastic surgery is here to bring your best look back. 

What are the benefits of SGAP flap surgery?

  • In some cases, a mild butt lift may be achieved
  • Gluteal muscle is preserved
  • Natural-looking outcome using the patient's own tissue
  • None of the drawbacks of implant surgery
  • Improved self-image and self-confidence
  • Improved quality of life
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What are the qualities of a good candidate?

  • Wishes to use their body's own tissue for breast reconstruction
  • Lacks sufficient donor fat in the belly
  • Is slender with low body fat
  • Has previously undergone abdominal surgery
  • Has not been successful with abdominal flaps
  • Has not been successful with implant reconstruction
  • Has not previously undergone liposuction in the buttocks

What can I expect from recovery?

Patients recovering from SGAP flap surgery in Beverly Hills will generally need to spend three or four days in the hospital. On the second day, you will be able to get out of bed and begin gently moving, which helps to stimulate circulation. Drains may be placed to help evacuate excess fluids. 

Clients should assume a total recovery period of around four to six weeks and should refrain from vigorous exercise and heavy lifting until these activities are cleared by the doctor. A compression garment may be required for up to eight weeks to help the breasts retain their new shape and minimize post-operative swelling. Rest assured, Dr. Zampell will provide a full aftercare regimen for you with instructions on eating, bathing and recuperating, as well as timely follow up visits.

Why choose Dr. Zampell for SGAP flap surgery?

Very few surgeons are trained in the highly complex and delicate art of microsurgery, and even fewer have the artistic vision to achieve elegant, natural-looking results that complement both the chest and donor area. Dr. Zampell is among the most sought-after reconstructive surgeons in Beverly Hills and Torrance and its surrounding areas precisely because she is uniquely qualified in highly technical surgeries such as the SGAP flap procedure. 

Dr. Zampell graduated with honors from Ohio State University College of Medicine, subsequently continuing her training at New York University with a demanding surgical residency. Afterwards, Dr. Zampell pursued a career-changing fellowship in microsurgery at the University of California Los Angeles. At Ochsner Medical Center in Louisiana, she worked under the guidance of Dr. Robert Allen—a pioneer of the SGAP flap for breast reconstruction and a founding pioneer in the field of autologous breast reconstructive surgery.

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