Duration of the extended tummy tuck procedure - Hourglass Tummy Tuck
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Duration of the extended tummy tuck procedure

Duration of the extended tummy tuck procedure

 

When a healthy diet and regular physical exercise routine don’t deliver impressive results in terms of making the abdomen firm and flat, especially when the patient is confronted with skin sagginess on the lower part of the tummy, there is only one solution to improve the physical appearance of the patient. The procedure is known as the tummy tuck, and the plastic surgeon will remove the excess of skin and fat tissue from the area between the belly button and the suprapubic area. Loose abdominal muscles, also known as diastasis recti, can be corrected when this procedure is performed, as well as a potential umbilical hernia.

While there are multiple plastic surgery methods to enhance the appearance of the tummy, they are very different in terms of the surgical plan followed and the results they can deliver. Even when it comes to the tummy tuck alone, it can be performed in several ways. For example, a mini abdominoplasty focuses on the inferior part of the abdomen with the aim to eliminate the excess skin present there. The traditional or standard tummy tuck will also address the loose abdominal muscles that will be sutured to create a firm and flat abdomen. A more invasive procedure is the extended tummy tuck, which targets not only the abdominal wall but also the flanks and up to the back.

When coming in for the pre-operative consultation, most patients want just a mini tummy tuck, but this procedure might not be the one suitable to help them achieve their goals. The indication for one type of tummy tuck or the other will be given by the plastic surgeon after a medical examination.

Generally speaking, for patients who have undergone massive weight loss following bariatric surgery, the extended tummy tuck is often recommended. These patients have skin sagginess on the tummy, but also the flanks and up to the lower back. A simple tummy tuck procedure wouldn’t correct the sagginess as it would just address the front part of the body, specifically the lower part of the abdomen.

When the extended tummy tuck is performed, the plastic surgeon will perform incisions on the suprapubic area to remove not only the excess skin on the abdomen, but also on the flanks and on the upper part of the hips to correct the sagginess present there. Often, the extended tummy tuck is combined with a liposuction on the abdomen and flanks as well to achieve better results.

Because the extended tummy tuck is a more complex procedure, the operating time is longer than for the standard tummy tuck. The duration of the extended tummy tuck procedure can be 2.5 to 3.5 hours, but in some cases, it can even be up to 5 hours, depending on the particularities of each case. It is important for the patient to understand the details of the procedure, the benefits it brings, as well as the risks involved before making the decision to undergo an extended tummy tuck.

 

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