After losing a lot of weight, major changes are bound to happen. For one, you will be less likely to develop diabetes or suffer from problems related to heart disease and high blood pressure. Apart from the health benefits of achieving a more ideal weight, there are many aesthetic changes as well. Most notably, the lower abdominal area may hang slack and loose because of all the loose skin.
The only way to deal with all of that excess weight is to meet with a skilled plastic surgeon for body contouring surgery. Let’s take a moment right now to look at one particularly helpful surgery for major weight loss: the extended tummy tuck.
About Traditional Tummy Tuck Surgery
For the sake of comparison, we should begin by discussing a traditional tummy tuck first. A traditional tummy tuck is performed to remove loose skin from the lower abdominal area. The surgery involves three incisions: a lateral incision that spans from one hipbone to the other, a circular incision around the belly button, and one vertical incision that connects these other two. Through these incision, excess skin and tissue is removed and the remaining skin is pulled tight to improve overall body contour.
How Extended Tummy Tuck Surgery Differs
The extended tummy tuck is very similar to the traditional tummy tuck, though the difference is the extent of the lateral incision. Rather than just spanning from hipbone to hipbone, this incision tends to span from the back of one hipbone, around the side of the hip, along the lower abdominal area, along the other hip, and ending at the opposite back of the hipbone. This extended incision allows a surgeon to remove more loose tissue.
The Ideal Candidates for Extended Tummy Tuck Surgery
The best candidates for extended tummy tuck surgery are people who have experienced major weight loss. Generally this means people who were once morbidly obese or super obese. People who lose that much body weight will have major issues with body contour to deal with that only an extended tummy tuck will be able to address.
These candidates need to be in overall and otherwise good health and not suffer from any kinds of health conditions that would make surgery of any kind a risky proposition.
Extended Tummy Tuck and Total Body Lift Surgery Options
After losing that much weight, the extended tummy tuck alone will probably not be enough to address all of the body contour issues that you’re facing. In order to address other issues with body shape and contour, there is the total body lift. This total body lift refers to a combination of many body sculpting surgeries that will help reduce the amount of loose skin in various parts of the body, including the legs, the arms, the chest, and the back, and even parts of the face. These total body lift options can be discussed with you in more detail during you consultation process.
Learn More About Body Contouring Surgery Options
If you would like to learn more about extended tummy tuck surgery and all of your options for the best in body contouring, be sure to contact our Edina, MN cosmetic plastic surgery center today. The entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you look your absolute best in the process.