For patients dealing with excess fat and tissue in the abdomen area, a tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is not always enough to achieve the figure they desire. By combining liposuction with a tummy tuck, Dr. Dennis Hurwitz can provide a flatter, more contoured stomach without residual bulging. At the Hurwitz Center for Plastic Surgery in Pittsburgh, PA, Dr. Hurwitz uses VASERlipo®, an advanced technology which utilizes ultrasound vibration for a gentler and more effective liposuction experience, to perform lipoabdominoplasty. His extensive experience in body contouring procedures allows Dr. Hurwitz to perform this technique safely and create a highly contoured and aesthetic result for his patients.
For some tummy tuck patients, the results of their procedure are compromised by fat remaining in the upper abdomen. By combining the tummy tuck treatment with VASERlipo, Dr. Hurwitz can remove the excess fat in advance, creating a flatter stomach. In addition, the state-of-the-art ultrasound technology allows the connective tissue in the stomach to tighten after the procedure, creating smooth contours which reflect the underlying muscles. For most patients, this combination treatment adds little to no recovery time to a standard abdominoplasty and is the most reasonably priced approach to dealing with excess tissue and fat in the stomach area.
Neither liposuction or abdominoplasty are weight loss procedures. Generally, patients interested in a lipoabdominoplasty should be near their ideal weight and want to target bulges, stubborn fat deposits, and loose skin. This procedure can also help patients who have undergone extreme weight loss or have experienced changes to their abdomen during pregnancy.
The first stage of a lipoabdominoplasty involves removing excess fat from the upper abdomen. Using VASERlipo, Dr. Hurwitz can dislodge fat without harming the sensitive connective structures underneath. The ultrasound technology also preserves the removed fat to process and reinject in other areas, such as the buttocks, breasts, and certain pectoral muscles for men.
After liposuction, Dr. Hurwitz performs a standard abdominoplasty to remove excess tissue between the belly button and pubic area. Then, he can tighten the skin so it lays flat against the underlying muscles. The full procedure results in a flat, well-contoured abdomen without sagging or excess skin. While combining these two procedures makes the operation last slightly longer, it is overall more comfortable and safer than other procedures.
Dr. Hurwitz’s unique approach to lipoabdominoplasty allows for a quicker recovery with smoother results and less pain. It is also significantly safer than the traditional methods, removing the need to hospitalize patients. However, there are some situations where Dr. Hurwitz will still admit patients to the nearby Magee-Womens Hospital after a lipoabdominoplasty, especially if they are out-of-town patients who want additional procedures.
Dr. Hurwitz’s method for performing lipoabdominoplasty is safe, effective, and produces highly aesthetic results for his patients.
For our patients, we offer a multimodality Swelling Program at our MediSpa as part of their operation. Our skilled, experienced estheticians and physician assistants provide a combination of procedures which reduce swelling and speed recovery. Our full service MediSpa is a comfortable environment far removed from the stresses surgery. It is specially designed for the comfort and pleasure of our patients and includes treatments, such as VASERshape™, HIVAMAT®, and meDex, which stimulate the healing process.
Recovery is an individual matter and the extent of a patient’s recovery time depends on the extent of surgery as well as other factors. Generally, most patients can return to their normal, everyday activities within a month. For some individuals, recovery may take much less time. Our estheticians in our MediSpa are experienced in dealing with all aspects of the recovery process, including the emotional and psychological issues which may trouble patients.
Having spent over 40 years performing these procedures, Dr. Hurwitz has carefully honed his abilities and skills. He is one of a handful of plastic surgeons who utilizes ultrasound technology. In addition, as the pioneer of the Total Body Lift, he understands the benefits of combining multiple complementary procedures. His method for performing lipoabdominoplasty is safe, effective, and produces highly aesthetic results for his patients.
If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of lipoabdominoplasty or one of our other procedures, contact The Hurwitz Center for Plastic Surgery online or by phone at (412) 357-6974 today.