Tummy Tuck

Performed by Dr. Anna I. Wooten of Beleza Plastic Surgery

A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) performed by Dr. Anna Wooten of Beleza Plastic Surgery is designed to produce a more flattering mid-section for both female and male patients. Factors that might lead an individual to seek a consultation for a tummy tuck include a bulging abdomen, weak abdominal muscles following pregnancy, and excess skin after significant weight loss.

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 tummy tuck consultation.

Listen as Erin, a Tummy Tuck patient of Dr. Wooten’s, describes her personal Beleza experience. Remember that each patient’s experience is different, and that her story may not be the same as yours.

Before & After Gallery of Dr. Wooten's Patients

Patient 1*

After having her children, this patient worked hard with diet and exercise, but she just couldn’t manage to rid herself of that post-pregnancy tummy. She originally came to Dr. Wooten for breast surgery, and was so satisfied with her results that she returned for her abdominoplasty. A Tummy Tuck along with some body contouring worked wonders for her silhouette, and she looks great in her “after” pictures, which were taken about one year following her procedure.

Like what you see? Contact our office to schedule your personal consultation for a tummy tuck.

Patient 2*

Following her tummy tuck with Dr. Wooten, this patient maintained a fit figure. On the right, she is shown five years (and one tattoo) following her surgery.

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Patient 3*

After having Dr. Wooten perform her breast augmentation many years ago, this patient returned to Beleza Plastic Surgery after having children, which left her with a hernia. Her surgery and recovery went smoothly, and her result – a streamlined, flat stomach – is shown on the right about fourteen months after her surgery.

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Patient 4*

Following the births of her children, this patient decided to have her stomach repaired by Dr. Wooten. Her Tummy Tuck procedure went smoothly and her result is shown here at one and a half years post-procedure.

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Patient 5*

After much thought, this woman came to Dr. Wooten for her Tummy Tuck. The procedure streamlined her silhouette and tightened her loose skin & muscles. Her slim & fit result on the right shows her at a year and a half after her lipoabdominoplasty procedure.

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Patient 6*

Following childbirth, this mom was left dealing with excess skin on her abdomen. A Tummy Tuck with Dr. Wooten provided her with a lasting correction to this issue, and in her “after” picture at three years post-op, she shows a more flattering waistline – even after some weight gain.

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Patient 7*

After her initial consultation with Dr. Wooten, this patient decided that a customized abdominoplasty with lipo contouring would restore her figure to what she was hoping for. Her surgery went smoothly, and, on the right, she is pictured eight months after her procedure.

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Patient 8*

This patient’s tummy tuck with Dr. Wooten shaped her waistline by removing her excess skin and fat. Dr. Wooten contoured her curves to leave her looking trim and fit. On the right, she is shown four months following her lipoabdominoplasty procedure.

Like what you see? Contact our office to schedule your personal consultation for a tummy tuck.

Patient 9*

This patient’s tummy tuck with Dr. Wooten shaped her waistline by removing her excess skin and fat. Dr. Wooten contoured her curves to leave her looking trim and fit. On the right, she is shown four months following her lipoabdominoplasty procedure.

Like what you see? Contact our office to schedule your personal consultation for a tummy tuck.

Patient 10*

After having her children, this patient worked hard with diet and exercise, but she just couldn’t manage to rid herself of her loose skin and some baby weight. A Tummy Tuck along with some body contouring worked wonders on her, and she looks fit and tight in her “after” picture, which was taken a year and a half after her surgery.

Like what you see? Contact our office to schedule your personal consultation for a tummy tuck.

*Please note, while all ‘before & after’s shown on our website are real Beleza patients, this does not imply that your result will look exactly like any of them. Outcomes are highly individual, and depend greatly on your procedure and your anatomy, as well as your post-operative compliance.

Suitable Candidates for Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

As many men and women have come to discover, sometimes diet and exercising can leave you short of your aesthetic goal. Women and men who are in good general health but have an excess of fat or loose skin along their waistline are excellent candidates for Dr. Wooten’s abdominoplasty procedure.

Who Is NOT a Candidate for Tummy Tuck Surgery?

Individuals that are significantly overweight, smoke, or have serious medical conditions (e.g., autoimmune disorders) usually do not make good candidates for tummy tuck surgery. Neither do women that plan to become pregnant, or people that plan to lose weight in the future; they should postpone surgery until they are finished having children, or they have achieved their stable ideal weight, in order to avoid diminishing the outcome of their surgery.

A tummy tuck is also not suitable for individuals that desire perfection instead of improvement. Anyone that expects a perfect stomach without any scarring will not be satisfied with the outcomes of surgery.

What to Expect in Your Consultation

During your initial consultation, Dr. Wooten will inquire about your general physical and mental health status, pre-existing health conditions, prior surgeries, your medications, allergies, and smoking habits. It is important that you be thorough when providing the requested information, as this will allow Dr. Wooten to proactively address any medical concerns. When asked about medications, be sure to include any diet pills, vitamins and herbal supplements or preparations, since some of these can affect your blood pressure and clotting ability. Honesty regarding your smoking and alcohol use is also very important, as this will have a serious impact on your recovery period and ability to heal.

After reviewing your medical history, Dr. Wooten will discuss your priorities, and will subsequently provide you with information on tummy tucks and explain the advantages and disadvantages of the procedure to you.

How Does One Prepare for Tummy Tuck Surgery?

Dr. Wooten provides complete instructions to prepare you for your tummy tuck. These instructions include having lab testing and other evaluations in anticipation of surgery. It also requires avoiding smoking and people who smoke, as well as avoiding or adjusting current medications, aspirin and other anti-inflammatory drugs.

For the day of surgery, patients should arrange for someone to drive them to and from the surgery center and accompany them for the first 24 hours after surgery. Prepping your bed or couch area with recovery essentials is also advisable.

Tummy Tuck Procedure Details

Abdominoplasty is performed under general anesthesia. Dr. Wooten makes an incision just above the pubic area that varies in length depending on the amount of excess skin; it can extend as far as from one hip to the other. The muscle wall is then tightened with permanent sutures. The remaining skin and fat are tightened, the excess is removed and then the incision is closed. Liposuction is often used to complement the tummy tuck procedure. Performing those procedures simultaneously redefines the waistline and elongates the torso, making it more streamlined and attractive.

Tummy tuck operations vary in scope and are frequently subdivided into categories.

Depending on the extent of the surgery, a complete abdominoplasty can take 1 to 5 hours. A partial abdominoplasty or mini-tummy tuck can be completed in 1 to 2 hours.

The amount of fat and skin removed varies by doctor, method, and patient, but is typically less than 10 pounds.

Can Tummy Tuck Surgery Be Combined with Other Plastic Surgery Procedures?

Yes, tummy tuck surgery can and often is combined with other plastic surgery procedures such as liposuction. Tummy tucks can be combined with breast lift or breast augmentation for a comprehensive mommy makeover, which addresses pregnancy and nursing-related changes to the breasts and abdomen. Patients that have lost a significant amount of weight might choose to combine tummy tuck with a body lift procedure to eliminate loose skin and tighten the tissues of the abdomen and the rest of the lower body.

Lipoabdominoplasty

A firm midsection is the classic sign of health and vitality. Beleza Plastic Surgery can go a step further to help you shape your abdomen with lipoabdominoplasty. Dr. Wooten’s lipoabdominoplasty procedure combines a tummy tuck with liposuction to deliver the most dramatic results possible, bringing back that trim, youthful look and the confidence that goes with it. Learn more about lipoabdominoplasty options available to you and how we can truly help you reach your body contouring goals by contacting our office.

What Does Tummy Tuck Recovery Entail?

When the anesthesia wears off, some pain will be expected around the treated area. Usually abdominoplasty is an outpatient procedure, but the patient can choose to stay overnight. After the procedure, the patient should be able to get up, walk around, and go home, although they’ll need someone else to drive. This someone will have to take care of the patient during the recovery phase. Individuals are generally able to return to work or school two weeks after the procedure. Scarring is expected after abdominoplasty surgery. Dr. Wooten is very intentional about her scar placement. She always makes sure to place her incisions very low on the abdomen, so that these scars are well-hidden by underwear or a bathing suit.

What Is the Cost of Tummy Tuck Surgery?

The cost of tummy tuck depends on different factors such as the specific procedure performed and the extent of correction needed. Tummy tuck is generally not covered by insurance, but we offer a financing option through CareCredit.

Our patient coordinator, Andrea Smith, will go over pricing and provide a quote to you during your personal consultation.

Why Should I Choose Dr. Wooten for Tummy Tuck Surgery?

Dr. Wooten has all the qualifications necessary for a safe and successful surgery. She is a board-certified plastic surgeon, and has performed many tummy tuck procedures in her years of practice. She is very knowledgeable about how to avoid complications and how to handle them if they do arise. In fact, she uses special precautions during all of her surgeries in order to ensure that her patients have a safe procedure and recovery.

Dr. Wooten also has a warm and compassionate approach to patient care. She takes her time to get to know her patients, to understand their unique needs and goals and recommend a customized approach that is likely to achieve the desired outcomes, whether that be with abdominoplasty, lipoabdominoplasty or another body contouring procedure. Patients looking for extraordinary tummy tuck results in Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas choose Dr. Wooten.

Book a Consultation to Discuss Tummy Tuck with Dr. Wooten

To learn more about how tummy tuck can help you achieve your desired results, book an informational consultation at Beleza Plastic Surgery. Call or email us today.

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