For patients dealing with excess fat and tissue around the abdomen, 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 performs lipoabdominoplasty with VASERlipo®, an advanced technology which utilizes ultrasound vibration for a gentler and more effective liposuction experience.
Because tummy tucks traditionally target the lower abdomen, the results of the procedure are sometimes compromised by fat remaining in the upper abdomen. By combining a tummy tuck with VASERlipo, Dr. Hurwitz can remove the excess fat in advance, creating a flatter stomach. In addition, the state-of-the-art ultrasound technology encourages the connective tissue in the stomach to tighten after the procedure, creating smooth contours. 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.
Liposuction and abdominoplasty are not weight loss procedures. Consequently, 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 been pregnant.
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 re-inject 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 stretches out the operation 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 for hospitalization in most cases. 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 unique approach to lipoabdominoplasty allows for a quicker recovery with smoother results and less pain.
For our patients, we offer a multimodality Swelling Program at our MediSpa as part of the operation. Our skilled, experienced estheticians and physician assistants provide a combination of procedures that reduce swelling and enhance 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 that stimulate the healing process, such as VASERshape™, HIVAMAT®, and meDex.
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 can assist with multiple 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 utilize 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) 802-6100 today.