SUSAN LOVELLE, MD, FACS
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Susan Lovelle’s artistic talent was discovered at an early age when she was introduced to ballet. By her teenage years, she had become a principal dancer with the world-renowned Dance Theatre of Harlem, touring in the U.S., Europe, and the Caribbean, and dancing in command performances before royalty in England and Norway. Although she continued her success as a dancer with the Atlanta and Princeton Ballets, Dr. Lovelle left the world of dance after several years to pursue her childhood dream – medicine.
Dr. Lovelle obtained her medical school training at the prestigious Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City, where she co-authored multiple journal articles on subjects ranging from nutrition to neuroscience. She graduated with numerous honors and awards including Alpha Omega Alpha, the medical honor society, and the National Medical Fellowship’s Franklin C. McClean Award, presented to the most outstanding minority medical student in the nation. Dr. Lovelle continued her medical training at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center where she was one of the first women to complete the rigorous five-year residency program in General Surgery. Propelled by a desire to combine her artistic talents with her surgical expertise, she chose to continue at Montefiore Medical Center where she completed post-graduate training in Plastic Surgery and Microsurgery.
In 1996, Dr. Lovelle began her private practice in Staten Island, New York, where she also founded Armonia, an all-inclusive medical spa facility dedicated to “Health and Beauty through Medicine.” In 1998, her colleagues voted her one of the best plastic surgeons in New York City, an honor highlighted in New York Magazine. As a board-certified plastic surgeon, she was often consulted as a plastic surgery expert by media such as television’s UPN 9 on issues such as breast reduction and keloids. She was also one of three physicians chosen to film the pilot for the Lifetime show, “Women Docs” which then became a regular season selection.
Compelled by a desire to practice medicine in an environment that would allow her both the opportunity for professional satisfaction as well as enjoyment of family life, in 2003, Dr. Lovelle decided to relocate to Elizabeth City, North Carolina, where she owned and operated Carolina Plastic Surgery Specialists. There, she filled a void for both reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery, including breast reconstructions, augmentations, and management of skin cancers. Recently, together with her husband, Board-Certified Ophthalmologist Dr. Kevin Allen, and her two children, the decision was made to accept positions as the first plastic surgeon and the only cataract surgeon based in Newton, Kansas. Drs. Lovelle and Allen, impressed by the commitment of Newton Medical Center and Axtell Clinic to build a regionally-renowned health care system, are pleased and honored by the opportunity to contribute their skills and knowledge to this area.
Drs. Lovelle and Allen are already active members of the Newton and Wichita communities – whether it be cheering their children on the baseball and softball fields or volleyball courts, judging local forensics tournaments, attending church, providing vision and skin screenings, or volunteering for civic organizations.
AXTELL PLASTIC SURGERY
Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Lovelle invites you to look your best with the latest in plastic surgery and non-surgical cosmetic procedures.
Welcome to Axtell Plastic Surgery. Dr. Susan Lovelle, M.D. - F.A.C.S., and her staff are committed to providing patients with the highest quality plastic and reconstructive surgical care. This begins with your complimentary initial consultation at our Newton, Kansas office and continues through the final result of your plastic or reconstructive surgery procedure.
Dr. Lovelle and her Newton plastic surgery staff are experienced in providing patients with a range of procedures including:
Facial Plastic Surgery Procedures: Eyelid lift, brow lift, facelift, neck lift, liposuction of the neck, and ear pinning and ear reshaping. Breast Plastic Surgery Procedures: Breast enlargement, breast lift, breast reduction, gynecomastia, and several options for breast reconstruction. Body Plastic Surgery Procedures: Body liposuction, abdominoplasty, mommy makeover, arm lift, body contouring after massive weight loss, panniculectomy, and total body lift. Skin Plastic Surgery Procedures: Skin surgery including treatment for skin cancer (Mohs), actinic keratosis, moles, cysts, and keloids. Hand Surgery Procedures: Hand surgery including treatment for carpal tunnel, tendon lacerations, and nerve injuries.
To provide you with more information about procedures, Dr. Lovelle offers a Video Presentations page.
The decision to have a cosmetic or reconstructive procedure is a serious and personal one that should not be made quickly or lightly. Dr. Lovelle and her staff are dedicated to providing outstanding service from the moment you enter the office through your recovery and beyond.
• Breast Augmentation (Breast Enlargement)
Breast implant surgery offers you immediate breast enlargement to the size and shape you desire. In performing your breast augmentation plastic surgery, Dr. Lovelle can enlarge small breasts or create better symmetry of your breasts if they are not equal in size. You can add volume to your breasts and add curves to your profile all in one procedure. Some women choose larger breasts to balance their overall appearance.
• Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
Breast Lift plastic surgery with Dr. Susan Lovelle at the new plastic surgery center in Newton, Kansas, can enhance your natural beauty and create the healthy, youthful, confident appearance you desire. Breast lift plastic surgery can improve the profile of sagging breasts, helping you to regain your figure. Breast lift plastic surgery can also reduce the size of the areola, the darker skin surrounding the nipple. Breast lift plastic surgery may also help to enhance your confidence and sexuality.
Breast lift plastic surgery can be combined with breast augmentation surgery. Consider this if your breasts have lost volume due to aging, pregnancy, breastfeeding, or significant weight loss. Women with uncomfortably large breasts who are considering breast reduction may find that a breast lift can improve their new profiles.
• Breast Reduction Plastic Surgery
Breast reduction plastic surgery with board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Susan Lovelle at the new plastic surgery center in Newton can provide relief from the physical discomfort and the emotional issues associated with having unusually large breasts. Breast reduction plastic surgery with Dr. Lovelle can improve your health by relieving chronic back, neck and shoulder pain, as well as improving the shape and firmness of your breasts. Breast reduction plastic surgery can free you to enjoy the active lifestyle you’ve always wanted.
Breast reduction plastic surgery with Dr. Lovelle can also relieve you of unwanted attention due to the size of your breasts. Smaller breast size and a more attractive contour can help relieve associated health problems as well as increase your self-image and feelings of self-confidence. A balanced, shapely, confident appearance can help you feel better about yourself and all of your unique qualities and assets.
• Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia)
For men who feel self-conscious about extra fat and tissue around the chest area, Dr. Lovelle offers a procedure designed to flatten and smooth the chest. Male breast reduction (gynecomastia) with board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Susan Lovelle can give you a firmer, flatter, more contoured chest and increase your self-confidence with a more masculine chest profile. At the new plastic surgery center in Newton, Dr. Lovelle will discuss your concerns with you and explain the details of male breast reduction cosmetic surgery (gynecomastia).
Enlarged male breasts are a very common condition, affecting 40 to 60 percent of the male population. A history of certain health problems, or the use of certain drugs (anabolic steroids, alcohol, estrogen medications, etc.) can contribute to gynecomastia. However, you may be one of the many men Dr. Lovelle treats who suffers from enlarged male breasts with an unknown cause.
Male breast reduction is done on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia but can be done with sedation and local anesthesia. Excess breast tissue or fat can be removed with liposuction, excision, or a combination of the two. Excess skin can also be excised.
• Liposuction Plastic Surgery
Do you have an area of your body that is disproportionately thick or flabby? Perhaps you have inherited physical characteristics that you’ve always wished you could change. Have you found that a balanced diet and rigorous exercise isn’t enough to sculpt your figure? Liposuction plastic surgery with board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Susan Lovelle at the new plastic surgery center in Newton, Kansas, can help you achieve the trim appearance you deserve and the confidence that goes with it.
Liposuction (also called liposculpture) is a popular cosmetic surgery procedure performed by Dr. Lovelle in Newton for women and men who wish to refine their shape to their ideal proportions. Through liposuction, you can show off the natural beauty and improve upon your body’s unique symmetry. Liposuction can also help give you the confidence to display the care you take to maintain your fitness and good health.
At the new plastic surgery center in Newton, Dr. Lovelle performs liposuction on many parts of the body, including the buttocks, thighs, legs, arms, back, hips, and tummy or abdominal area. Dr. Lovelle’s techniques address stubborn fat deposits that resist your best efforts of diet and exercise. Liposuction can also be used on the neck and around the face. This technique can help you regain or reveal a fit, youthful appearance.
• Tummy Tuck Plastic Surgery
Exercise and attention to diet often aren’t enough to achieve a stomach that displays your best efforts. Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) plastic surgery with board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Susan Lovelle at the new plastic surgery center in Newton, Kansas tightens abdominal muscles and removes excess fat and skin from the stomach. The confidence you gain from your new appearance can inspire you to maintain a fit physique, and commit or re-commit yourself to pursuing good overall health.
Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) plastic surgery can be the ideal cosmetic surgery procedure for anyone desiring a fit appearance, especially post-pregnancy moms, men with a tendency for that “spare tire”, and aging or post weight-loss men and women.
• Mommy Makeover Plastic Surgery
A Mommy Makeover is what many physicians and patients calls a combination of procedures designed to restore or improve upon the figure of a woman who has had children. Child-bearing, childbirth, and the time and energy a mother devotes to parenthood can call take their toll on a mommy, making her look older or less fit than she feels. A mommy makeover can help provide you with a rejuvenated sense of self along with a new, trimmer, firmer physical appearance.
Typical Mommy Makeover patients opt for a breast lift with implants plus a tummy tuck. A Mommy Makeover can include breast lift, breast enlargement, or even breast reduction, depending on your needs and wishes with regard to changing the appearance of your breasts. The makeover can include an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), liposuction, or other body procedures, depending on the improvements you’d like to make to your mid-section and lower body.
• Body Contouring Plastic Surgery
If you have been able to achieve significant weight loss, you have completed a critical step in improving your health, longevity, and quality of life. Whether through, diet, exercise, or bariatric surgery (gastric bypass surgery), you have accomplished a great deal. If you are ready to enjoy your newfound health, but feel (and look) burdened by excess skin, then body contouring plastic surgery with Dr. Susan Lovelle at the new plastic surgery center in Newton, Kansas may be just right for you.
Being board certified, Dr. Lovelle has the compassion, skill, and experience to work with you to develop a unique body contouring cosmetic surgery plan tailored to your specific needs. You deserve to feel and look great in your new body! Dr. Lovelle can help you achieve a natural look, which will add to your confidence and sense of accomplishment.
• Panniculectomy Plastic Surgery
Panniculectomy is a procedure to remove hanging, excess skin and fat from the abdominal region. This procedure is most common among bariatric surgery patients and others who have lost a substantial amount of weight. At the new plastic surgery center in Newton, Dr. Lovelle will discuss your concerns and determine if panniculectomy is right for you.
• Total Body Lift Plastic Surgery
If you have been successful in losing a significant amount of weight, you should be celebrating your success and hard work. Unfortunately, certain areas of our body, especially the abdomen, thighs and buttocks can become stubbornly resistant to improvement. Some people, especially those who have undergone massive weight loss, find that the entire lower portion the body hangs or sags uncomfortably. If you are facing this problem, then lower or total body lift plastic surgery may of interest to you.
At the new plastic surgery center in Newton, Kansas, board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Susan Lovelle performs total body lift plastic surgery which can be used to remedy loose skin problems in a variety of areas, from the shoulders to the knees. It is specifically designed to assist people who suffer from sagging breasts, abdomens, buttocks and inner or outer thighs.
• Arm Lift Plastic Surgery
If you have developed unsightly, sagging skin on the upper arms due to weight loss or the aging process, you may be a candidate for an upper arm lift. At the new plastic surgery center in Newton, Kansas, board certified plastic surgeon Susan Lovelle performs this procedure to reduce or eliminate excess skin from the upper arm.
Arm lift plastic surgery is usually done under general anesthesia. Because an incision of significant size is required in order to remove the unwanted skin, Dr. Lovelle places the incision on the inner arm where I will be less visible. Although Dr. Lovelle will do her utmost to place the incision in the most inconspicuous location, some scarring will be visible.
• Facelift Plastic Surgery
Men and women in the Newton and Wichita area are learning that facelift plastic surgery is a relatively simple procedure with quick recovery time. Whether you want results that are dramatic or subtle, the effects are long lasting, like turning back the hands of time. With a facelift performed by board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Susan Lovelle at the new plastic surgery center in Newton, Kansas, you can look years younger, more alert, and healthier. A facelift can refine your natural attributes, remove wrinkles and frown lines, and counter the effects of gravity and aging.
• Eyelid Lift Plastic Surgery
Men and women of all ages can benefit from eyelid lift plastic surgery. Eyelid plastic surgery with Dr. Susan Lovelle at the new plastic surgery center in Newton, Kansas, creates a more alert, open look to the eyes, reducing bags below the eyes and / or loose skin above the eyes. Eyelid lift plastic surgery can help you look years younger, reducing puffiness and baggy skin around the eyes for a more youthful look.
Many patients in Newton and the Wichita area choose eyelid surgery to improve their vision, as excess skin around the eyes can actually impair vision.
• Brow Lift (Forehead Lift) Plastic Surgery
Brow lift (forehead lift) plastic surgery softens deep creases across the forehead, reduces frown lines between the eyebrows at the top of your nose and can elevate eyebrows which have begun to droop. In performing brow lift plastic surgery at the new plastic surgery center in Newton, Kansas, board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Susan Lovelle brings her skill and experience to help each patient achieve a natural and more youthful appearance.
Excess skin above the eyes can impair vision and many patients report an improvement in the quality of their eyesight after a brow lift. A subtle change to the position of the eyebrow can result in a brighter and more youthful appearance while looking natural and balanced.
Dr. Lovelle is able to perform endoscopic brow lift using an endoscope (surgical video device) and special instruments placed through small incisions made within the hairline. This allows the tissue and muscle beneath the skin to be repositioned, altered or removed, correcting the source of visible creases and furrows in the forehead.
• Neck Lift
Some people, both young and old, are very self-conscious about the appearance of their neck. Some complain their neck looks too fleshly, or that it lacks definition. Sagging skin, excess fat, or the appearance of cords on the neck can be corrected by board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Susan Lovelle at the new plastic surgery center in Newton, Kansas with neck lift plastic surgery. Dr. Lovelle knows that neck lift plastic surgery can restore a clean and well-defined neck and jaw line. The results can improve facial shape and balance; give the appearance of weight loss and a healthier and more youthful look.
• Neck Liposuction
Neck liposuction plastic surgery has become increasingly popular for both men and women. At the new surgery center in Newton, Kansas, board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Susan Lovelle offers this procedure which can significantly improve the appearance of both the chin and neck profile with a very natural looking result. Reducing pockets of fat under the chin and neck gives a more youthful appearance while providing a smoother, slimmer profile to the jaw and neck.
Aging, weight loss, and even genetics can cause fat to accumulate in certain areas of the body, such as the neck, where it is difficult to eliminate no matter how rigorous your diet and exercise regimen may be. If you have found this to be the case, then neck liposuction may be just right for you.
• Otoplasty in Newton and Wichita
The term otoplasty refers to the reshaping or reforming or ”pinning” of the ears. Otoplasty is most often performed to correct prominent ears by setting them back closer to the head. Each individual’s ears are different however, and otoplasty may refer to correction of a number of different ear conditions. Performing otoplasty at the new plastic surgery center in Newton, Kansas, board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Susan Lovelle brings her skill, experience and training to performing this procedure for both adults and children.
• Skin Cancer (Mohs)
Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Susan Lovelle offers Mohs Micrographic Surgery, a state-of-the-art procedure for skin cancer which offers the highest potential for complete tumor removal and recovery - even if the skin cancer has been previously treated by another method and recurred.
The microscopic analysis of resected tissue margins allows Dr. Lovelle to track the removal of the cancer and ensure the complete elimination of all tumor roots. As tumors often extend below intact normal-appearing skin (like the roots of a tree) this procedure allows Dr. Lovelle to see beyond the visible tumor to ensure its complete removal.
• Actinic Keratosis
Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Susan Lovelle has extensive background and experience in the treatment of actinic keratosis, a scaly or crusty bump that forms on the skin surface. They are also called solar keratosis, sun spots, or precancerous spots. They range in size from as small as a pinhead to over an inch across. They may be light or dark, tan, pink, red, a combination of these, or the same color as one’s skin. The scale or crust is horn-like, dry, and rough, and is often recognized more easily by touch than by sight. Occasionally they itch or produce a pricking or tender sensation, especially after being in the sun. They may disappear only to reappear later. Often, the keratoses will go away on their own if one avoids all sun for a few years. Keratoses are most likely to appear on sun exposed areas: face, ears, bald scalp, neck, backs of hands and forearms, and lips. They may be flat or raised on appearance.
• Fat Injections
• Facial peels
• Laser Treatments
• Laser Hair Removal
• Pigmented Spots