If you are morbidly obese, losing a massive amount of weight is better for your overall health and wellness. The weight loss will have a major impact on your appearance, particularly with regard to the overall look of your skin. Stretch marks, loose skin, sagging, and drooping are all likely after major weight loss, which is simply part of the nature of skin laxity. A plastic surgeon can help tighten loose skin and eliminate stretch marks through body contouring surgery.
Right now, we'd like to take a moment to consider the extended tummy tuck and how that may be of great benefit to you.
About Extended Tummy Tuck Surgery
The extended tummy tuck is performed in order to address major issues with loose skin, stretch marks, and sagging skin around the abdominal area. By undergoing an extended tummy tuck, patients will experience a much trimmer and slimmer frame following their major weight loss.
How does the extended tummy tuck differ from a traditional tummy tuck?
As the name implies, the extended tummy tuck covers a much larger area and addresses more serious body contouring issues than the traditional tummy tuck surgery. One of the primary incisions made during the extended tummy tuck is larger than it is in a traditional tummy tuck, allowing for more excess skin and tissue to be removed, and for more adjustment of underlying structures to be made.
Given the more extensive incisions made during the extended tummy tuck, patients will require more time to recover after the procedure has been performed.
Ideal Candidates for Extended Tummy Tuck
Ideal candidates for extended tummy tuck are people who have lost a major amount of weight that has resulted in excessive amounts of loose skin and major stretch marks. They should be in overall good health and not suffer from any conditions that would make body sculpting procedures a health risk of any kind. Patients need to also have realistic expectations with regard to scarring and recovery in order to ensure optimal results.
The Extended Tummy Tuck Procedure
During the extended tummy tuck, three incisions are made. The primary incision is lateral and begins at the back of one hipbone, extending along the patient's side, continuing along the lower abdominal area to the other side and the back of the other hipbone. Another incision is made around the belly button, with a vertical incision that connects the belly button incision to the lateral incision.
Through these three incisions, a plastic surgeon is able to remove excess skin along the abdominal region and sides, adjust the underlying tissues and structures, and tighten the remaining skin to eliminate sagging. Liposuction may be used to remove any remaining pockets of fat and to improve overall body contour in the process.
Other Options for Body Contouring
The abdominal area is not the only part of the body that is adversely affected by major weight gain and weight loss. During your consultation at our practice, we will be sure to discuss your many other options for advanced body contouring, allowing you to undergo a total body lift that enhances your overall appearance.
Learn More About Body Contouring and Lifts
If you would like to learn more about extended tummy tuck surgery as well as your many other options out there for body contouring and sculpting, be sure to contact our Waukesha cosmetic plastic surgery center today. The entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve the very best aesthetic results possible.