About the Extended Tummy Tuck
Dr. Hamawy has designed a procedure for his massive weight loss patients. Excess skin that is left after drastic weight loss can cause discomfort when wearing certain clothes and can be a cause of self-consciousness. The extended tummy tuck, unlike the traditional tummy tuck, stretches across the lower abdomen and around the sides for additional skin laxity correction.
When you are ready to obtain more information regarding the extended tummy tuck procedure and take the next step, you can contact our office to request a consultation with Dr. Hamawy. During this appointment, the doctor will review your specific situation to determine if you are a good candidate. We will perform an evaluation and review your medical background, health conditions, and any other information that can potentially pose a risk to the recovery and results of the extended tummy tuck procedure.
Who Should Get An Extended Tummy Tuck?
Patients who are the best fit for an extended tummy tuck are men and women who have large amounts of skin laxity throughout the abdomen, on the flanks and the lower back. Because this procedure is designed if you have had massive weight loss, it is not ideal for men and women who only have moderate amounts of lax skin on their midsection; such a case may be better suited for a traditional tummy tuck. If you are considering an extended tummy tuck procedure you should be in good health and live a moderately active lifestyle. Dr. Hamawy does make an exception to the guidelines for this procedure for patients who have lost over 100 lbs but still have more weight to lose.
This can be due to bariatric surgery like a gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy or Lap-Band, or due to massive weight loss from diet and exercise. The excess skin on these patients can be very uncomfortable while they are still trying to lose the remaining excess fat, not to mention that the sagging skin hides the patient’s newly defined figure. Therefore, Dr. Hamawy recommends that these patients undergo the extended tummy tuck once the weight loss has stabilized, or what we call, plateaued. Surgically removing the excess skin can jumpstart you to continuing to lose any remaining excess fat.
Dr. Hamawy will perform the extended tummy tuck procedure, most of the time, on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia.
The doctor will begin the procedure by making an incision that spans from hip to hip and that sometimes can extend around to the lower back. Through this incision, the doctor will tighten the abdominal muscles, joining them in the case of separation caused by fat on the abdomen. He will then remove the excess skin that surrounds the stomach and join the remaining skin together for a more contoured figure. The incisions will be closed with dissolvable sutures, and the patient will then be wrapped in a compression garment to help reduce swelling throughout the abdomen.
Extended Tummy Tuck Recovery
Patients who undergo an extended tummy tuck will have a lengthier downtime than traditional tummy tuck patients because of the larger area being treated. Dr. Hamawy will provide you with individual recovery instructions to follow to ensure the best results possible.
After the procedure, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle and remain moderately active in order to maintain the best long-term results.
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