EXTENDED TUMMY TUCK SARASOTA
The abdomen, hips, and pubic region are some of the most problematic areas for cosmetic surgery patients. This is especially true for women who have had children because the anatomical structures in these areas stretch during pregnancy and childbirth. Afterward, patients often are left with extra skin, unevenly distributed fat, stubborn fat, and saggy structures. A variety of procedures may correct these changes, including a traditional tummy tuck, liposuction, or a mommy makeover. When a woman wants to address her stomach, love handles, and hips, an extended tummy tuck may achieve her goals. Dr. Alberico Sessa at Sarasota Surgical Arts performs the best tummy tuck Sarasota offers.
UNDERSTANDING AN EXTENDED TUMMY TUCK
Most patients have seen tummy tuck results. A patient goes from having a protruding stomach to one that is flat and toned. However, there are many misconceptions about what exactly a tummy tuck is. This, in turn, can confuse patients on what an extended tummy tuck does.
First off, a tummy tuck procedure removes extra skin and fat from the abdomen. It will also often correct diastasis recti and tighten the abdominal muscles. The abdominal muscles may become separated for many reasons, although pregnancy is among the most common. Mini, full, and extended tummy tucks all consist of these components to varying degrees.
Secondly, a tummy tuck–extended or otherwise–is not a weight loss surgery. While some patients may lose a few pounds following surgery, other patients will leave surgery weighing the same. It largely depends on the structures removed during surgery and your needs. As a general rule, cosmetic surgeons do not remove more than about ten pounds during a tummy tuck.
Finally, what is an extended tummy tuck? An extended tummy tuck follows the same incision as a standard tummy tuck. However, it then extends past the hips and around the love handles. Unlike a lower body lift where the incision wraps around the body, the incision usually ends at the back of each hip.