Loose folds of fat and skin can be frustrating, especially for patients who are determined to achieve their desired proportions. The abdomen is one particular area that seems to retain layers of unwanted tissue. Patients looking for a body contouring procedure to trim the abdominal area may benefit from a tummy tuck at our Pittsburgh practice, but the traditional technique may not be sufficient for everyone. If you need to additionally reshape the area around your waist and flanks, an extended tummy tuck may be the right treatment for you.
Each type of tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, procedure depends on the amount of fat and skin to be removed. The traditional technique, called a full tummy tuck, is reserved for a moderate amount of tissue around or below the stomach, but does not extend to the waistline. An incision is thus made from hip to hip, from which the abdomen can be contoured and reshaped.
An extended tummy tuck requires a longer lateral incision that reaches around the hips, allowing the doctor access to the waistline and flanks. Patients can expect more dramatic results from this technique, significantly improving the body’s midsection and overall curvature.
An extended tummy tuck may take anywhere from two to six hours to complete, but patients are also sometimes advised to stay overnight for their initial recovery. Before the procedure, you will be given anesthesia - usually a general anesthetic - by your plastic surgeon to limit discomfort during surgery. Treatment will then commence as follows:
Most patients are able to return home within a day after their surgery. With proper rest and recovery, you can expect to resume work or school within a week, assuming no physically demanding tasks are required.
A tummy tuck is usually recommended for patients who have not achieved their desired results through diet and exercise. Those who want to shed excess, loose skin from a relatively large area around their stomach may be good candidates for an extended procedure. Candidacy should also include:
Let us help you determine which body contouring procedure is most appropriate for you. Our numerous treatments can be tailored to a variety of patients’ needs, and we are confident that you will benefit from Dr. Hurwitz’s cosmetic experience and expertise. Contact us today for a consultation.
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