LipoabdominoplastyPerformed by Dr. Anna I. Wooten of Beleza Plastic Surgery
A firm midsection is the classic sign of health and vitality. Beleza Plastic Surgery can help you shape your abdomen, bringing back that trim, youthful look and the confidence that goes with it. Dr. Anna Wooten’s lipoabdominoplasty procedure combines a tummy tuck with liposuction to deliver the most dramatic results possible.
Dr. Wooten has helped men and women from Pittsburgh to Cranberry Township and beyond look and feel their best with cosmetic surgery. Contact us online today or call 724-759-7777 to schedule your lipoabdominoplasty consultation.
This patient, a 35 year old woman, felt unhappy with the appearance of her stomach after two childbirths. She stands at 5’8″ and weighed 184 pounds. After much prior thought, she came to see Dr. Wooten regarding a mommy makeover to remove her excess skin. Dr. Wooten explained the procedure to her, along with what her expectations for surgery would be, and the patient decided to schedule the procedure. Her surgery was successful, and she is very pleased with her new, flat tummy, shown right.
As a part of her ‘Mommy Makeover,’ this patient had Dr. Wooten perform a Lipoabdominoplasty on her to remove excess skin and shape her waistline. Her stunning result, shown on the right at two years after surgery, brought her down from a size 12 to a size 4. She is thrilled with her result – and Beleza is thrilled for her!
This 51 year old woman decided to come in for a consultation with Dr. Wooten because she was ready to do something about her protruding abdomen, which had been bothering her for some time. She was an ideal candidate for a mommy makeover, and, during her consultation, she and Dr. Wooten concluded that, in order to achieve her desired results, lipoabdominoplasty combined with liposuction of her flanks and a breast lift would be appropriate. Her procedure went very well, and the patient is now very pleased with her rejuvenated new look, shown right.
Seeking to rejuvenate her silhouette, this woman came to Dr. Wooten several years ago interested in a tummy tuck with liposuction (a.k.a. a lipoabdominoplasty). She is pictured here before and 1.5 years after surgery, looking fantastic. She has enjoyed her results so much that she later chose to have another procedure with Dr. Wooten.
A young mom, this patient did not like the way multiple pregnancies had left her tummy, and so she scheduled an appointment with Dr. Wooten. She decided to go ahead with her procedure – a lipoabdominoplasty (a.k.a. a tummy tuck that incorporates liposuction). On the right, she is shown about a year and a half after her surgery, looking fit and slender.
This patient, a 33 year old woman, scheduled her consultation with Dr. Wooten already knowing what she wanted — a tummy tuck. Standing at 5’4″, and weighing 164 lbs, she felt ready for a tauter and more flattering stomach following pregnancy and children. During her consultation with Dr. Wooten, they decided that lipoabdominoplasty would best deliver her desired results. The surgery went well, and Dr. Wooten placed her new scar in place of previous C-section scars. The patient recovered quickly, and is very pleased with her results.
This patient was in her mid-twenties, weighed 180 lbs, and stood at 5’9″ when she came to see Dr. Wooten for a consultation regarding her dissatisfaction with the loose skin on her abdomen. During the appointment, she and Dr. Wooten discussed her surgical options, and agreed that lipoabdominoplasty would lead to the best possible results. The procedure went smoothly, and the patient is very pleased with her results.
This patient, a 50 year old female who stands at 5’7″, was referred to Dr. Wooten by another patient. She was dissatisfied with appearance of her abdomen after 3 C-sections and some weight gain. After her consultation with Dr. Wooten, she decided to proceed with lipoabdominoplasty. She is shown here 4 months after her surgery. She has told Dr. Wooten that she is feeling great and her pant size has changed from an 18 to a 12 sometimes 10. She is absolutely ecstatic about her results and states that it is “the best thing” that she has ever done for herself.
Candidates for Lipoabdominoplasty
Dr. Wooten suggests lipoabdominoplasty to those patients who are in good health but are struggling to lose the stubborn areas of fat that surround their waistline. Women who have lost significant weight or have had multiple pregnancies are usually prime candidates for this procedure. Dr. Wooten also recommends lipoabdominoplasty to men and women with stretched skin around the stomach region.
What to Expect in Your Consultation
In consultation, Dr. Wooten will discuss your current body shape and medical history. She’ll review all of your options before laying out a customized approach to surgery that focuses on your unique goals. When you meet with Dr. Wooten you can be confident that her knowledge and experience in performing the latest liposculpting techniques will inform all of her recommendations. Safety and lasting results that fit your expectations are the promises that Dr. Wooten carries into each and every lipoabdominoplasty procedure.
You will be asked to begin fasting 8 hours prior to your arrival to our Pittsburgh surgery center. This means that you are not permitted to eat or drink anything. The sole exception would be if Dr. Wooten has told you to take any medications during this period. If so, take the medication with a small amount of water if needed.
A lipoabdominoplasty has three different components:
- Muscle tightening: Weight fluctuations and pregnancies can stretch and sometimes even tear the abdominal muscles. Dr. Wooten tightens the damaged abdominal muscles by contouring the facial cover (skin-like, outer sack of the muscle) or the muscle itself.
- Removing the fat: A combination of tummy tuck and liposuction, sometimes known as “liposculpture,” can offer dramatic results. One of the major appeals of lipoabdominoplasty is that it utilizes liposculpture to remove fat and reveal the patient’s underlying muscle tone.
- Skin tightening: Following muscle tightening and fat removal, Dr. Wooten will trim away any excess skin, leaving the patient with a smooth flat stomach.
Lipoabdominoplasty surgery generally lasts several hours. It is performed under general anesthesia, which means you will not be awake at any point during surgery. Patients will remain overnight at our surgery center, with access to a fully accredited nurse.
Recovering from Surgery
Recovering from lipoabdominoplasty takes about 1-2 weeks. After that period, you may get back to your regular routine. After four weeks, you may do light exercise like walking or jogging. At 6 weeks, you should be fully recovered and able to resume all activities including heavy exercise. While you will see an immediate change following the procedure, your final results won’t be fully evident until all swelling has receded.
What's the difference between lipoabdominoplasty and a tummy tuck?
While both procedures help patients to shed excess skin, only during a lipoabdominoplasty procedure will Dr. Wooten actually plicate your muscles. This means that instead of only excising excess skin, Dr. Wooten also mends abdominal muscles that have been overstretched due to childbearing or a hernia. Additionally, during this procedure Dr. Wooten performs body contouring using liposuction, which results in a more flattering waistline. This surgery is more involved than a traditional tummy tuck, and will require more recovery time.