Love handles. Spare tire. Muffin top. These are just a few terms used to describe unwanted back, side, and belly fat. Several factors can contribute to a flabby abdomen area characterized by weakened stomach muscles and an accumulation of excess fatty tissues, including pregnancy, weight fluctuation, and age.
Unlike other types of typical body fat, prolapsed abdominal muscles do not recover and contract, no matter how many miles a person runs or how many salads they consume. Under these circumstances, the only way to recover the original body shape is to undergo a tummy tuck.
Various types of tummy tuck techniques exist depending on the severity of each case. For Tampa patients experiencing a persistently bulging or sagging stomach that extends over the navel and does not seem to diminish with diet and exercise, an extended tummy tuck may be effective in helping achieve a more taut and toned abdomen.
What Is An Extended Tummy Tuck?
The main differentiating factor between a traditional tummy tuck and an extended tummy tuck is the amount of excess skin and tissue removed as well as the length of the surgical incision, making it a much more involved procedure than a traditional tummy tuck.
The extended tummy tuck incision consists of one horizontal incision made along the full length of the abdomen just above the bikini line and extending to the back of the hips.
During the procedure, skin and muscles are tightened and excess tissue is removed not only from the abdomen but also from the back and sides as well. A new navel is created and placed in a location that is proportional with the newly sculpted abdomen. Depending on the case, a tummy tuck may be performed in conjunction with liposuction.
An extended tummy tuck takes approximately three hours to complete. Given the intensity of the procedure, most patients can expect an overnight stay following their surgery. While all patients recover differently, most can expect a full recovery within six weeks, and will be able to return to work a couple of weeks after the procedure.
Your doctor will provide you with pain medication in order to help minimize discomfort.
Is an Extended Tummy Tuck Right For You?
Ultimately, only you and your doctor can determine whether you would benefit from an extended tummy tuck and it is important to first consult a qualified expert. Traditionally, an extended tummy tuck is ideal in patients who:
- Have significantly excess skin and are deeply displeased with the appearance of their abdomen, flanks, and lower back
- Are in generally good health and do not suffer from diabetes or heart disease
- Are within 20 pounds of their target weight
- Are non-smokers
Learn More about the Extended Tummy Tuck
You no longer have to feel as though you have to cover up and hide even when it’s hot out. You deserve to look and feel your best. Regain your streamlined silhouette and your confidence by scheduling an appointment with Dr. Jaime Perez today and finding out if an extended tummy tuck is the right option for you.