Have you ever wondered why in spite of exercising so much, that your
abdominal area and waistline still look the same? This can be a very
frustrating time for many women. There is a plastic surgery procedure
that may be of interest to you.
The waistline silhoutte loses its definition with age, pregnancy and
weight fluctuations. I see a large number of patients in my practice
that are looking to improve their waistline through plastic surgery.
There are well known methods to achieve these goals through
various procedures of liposuction and abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck).
Pittsburgh plastic surgeons until recently, have not performed
liposuction and abdominoplasty together because of the potential
problems that could result. Now, there is a new technique of
lipoabdominoplasty, Pittsburgh, developed in Brazil at the turn of the
century, which is a combination of the two procedures to produce a flat,
sleek and much improved waistline. The Pittsburgh Lipoabdominoplasty
procedure, as it is called, begins with liposuction of the entire
abdomen. The skin below the belly button is excised similarly to a
classic abdominoplasty, but the lymphatic vessels are preserved to
minimize postoperative swelling, promoting more a rapid recovery from
surgery. Limited undermining of the upper abdominal skin is performed,
preserving the majority of the blood vessels and nerves, thus providing
better blood flow and tissue oxygenation, which maximizes the healing
potential. Muscle placation (tightening) is performed and the remaining
abdominal skin is advanced down, and closed with multiple layers of
There are many advantages to this procedure vs. the traditional
abdominoplasty. Since I started performing this method, I tell my
It is more effective in reshaping the waistline than a regular tummy
tuck. Because the fat is removed prior to the tightening of the
waistline, allowing me to reshape the waistline with ease.
It has a very low rate of fluid (seroma) accumulation or bleeding.
Less chance of numbness due to the preservation of the nerves around the
belly button area.
The scar is shorter than a regular abdominoplasty scar.
Quicker postoperative recovery time, less chance of healing problems
after the surgery, especially in smokers.
Less swelling, bruising and pain; early ambulation and return to the
normal activities of daily living.
Who would be a good candidate for this procedure? Those individuals who
are considered to be in otherwise good health, who exercise regularly,
but are discouraged with the unchanged appearance of their
waistline.This surgery is very helpful to women who are older with
slight obesity or women who have had multiple pregnancies, thus
stretching their skin.
Patients who need to lose a significant amount of weight may benefit
from postponing surgery. Women planning future pregnancies should also
wait. Another contraindication for surgery may be scarring from a
previous abdominal surgery. Seeing your plastic surgeon for an initial
consultation is the only way to determine if you are a good candidate
for this particular surgery.
Always seek a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon for the Pittsburgh
abdominoplasty. This surgeon has been extensively trained in body
contouring and is a safe choice for this surgery. But, remember, every
surgery carries with it risks-that is WHY a qualified Board Certified
Plastic Surgeon is so imperative.
I always tell all of my patients that any surgical procedure is not a
substitution for a healthy lifestyle, including routine exercise and a
balanced diet. One's silhouette can be restored and rejuvenated with this
surgery, but the maintenance of this improved shape with exercise and
diet will be essential to the long term satisfaction from this
If you would like to learn more about the Brazilian
Lipoabdominoplasty Pittsburgh PA, call our office at
Reach Us At: (724) 759-7777
2605 Nicholson Rd, Suite 210
Sewickley, PA 15143
Fox Chapel Office:
1382 Old Freeport Road
First Floor, Back of Building
Pittsburgh, PA, 15238
99 W. Sunbury Rd, Suite 300
Butler, PA 16001
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Contact us at (724) 759-7777
Anna I. Wooten, M.D. - Board Certified
Pittsburgh Plastic Surgeon
Pittsburgh, PA (Offices in Wexford, Fox
Chapel and Butler)