An Extended Tummy Tuck Can Make You Look Trimmer and Slimmer

By Peter Fisher, MD on April 16, 2016

A woman's abdomen and hipsWhen patients meet with Dr. Peter Fisher, they know they will receive ample information on their treatment options, including answers to all of their questions about risks, benefits, pros, and cons. This is what makes him such a leading and trusted plastic surgeon in the San Antonio area, consistently changing people's lives for the better.

Body contouring can make major improvements to a person's overall appearance. In particular, tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) surgery is an effective body contoruing option, one that can be custom tailored to address major issues with loose skin, sagging, and stretch marks.

What Is a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck is a body sculpting and contouring procedure that is performed on the stomach area to improve the overall appearance of the lower abdomen and sides. The procedure is a great option for people who have lost a lot of weight and have loose skin and stretch marks around their abdomen. Many people undergo tummy tuck surgery after childbirth, after bariatric surgery, or after natural and dramatic weight loss.

There are three primary incisions in a traditional tummy tuck:

  • A circular incision around the belly button
  • A horizontal incision spanning from one hipbone to the other along the lower abdomen
  • A vertical incision connecting the belly button and horizontal incisions

Through these incisions, the underlying structures of the abdomen are adjusted and excess skin is removed. The remaining skin is pulled tighter to eliminate sagging and make stretch marks disappear.

What Is Different About Extended Tummy Tuck Surgery?

The extended tummy tuck involves a much more pronounced level of body contouring and sculpting. During an extended tummy tuck, the cosmetic surgeon makes incisions designed to address major issues with loose and sagging skin. While the size of the incisions differs, the overall aim of the extended tummy tuck is the same as the traditional tummy tuck.

Ideal Candidates for Extended Tummy Tuck Surgery

Good candidates for extended tummy tuck surgery are people who have lost a substantial amount of weight, typically as a result of bariatric surgery procedures for treating morbid obesity. They should be in good overall health and not suffer from health problems that would make a surgery like this a major health concern or worry.

Incisions Made During Extended Tummy Tuck Surgery

There are three incisions made during an extended tummy tuck, and they are similar to those made during traditional tummy tuck surgery. The primary difference is with the lateral incision. Rather than extend from hipbone to hipbone, the lateral incision will extend from the back of one hipbone, continue along the side, trace along the lower abdominal area, and continue to the back of the other hipbone.

Through this extended lateral incision, a cosmetic surgeon will be able to remove much more loose skin, particularly along the sides and flanks. This allows for excellent body contouring results that are more substantive than those achieved in a traditional tummy tuck.

Other Procedures for Major Body Lift Needs

Many people who seek an extended tummy tuck will require other body contouring procedures to address issues with the extremities and other parts of the body. During the consultation process, we will be able to go over all of your body lift options to help you look your absolute best.

Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Peter Fisher

To learn more about body contouring procedures and how they can help you have a slimmer and trimmer frame, be sure to contact our cosmetic plastic surgery center today. Dr. Peter Fisher and his team will work with you to help you achieve your aesthetic goals.

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