An Extended Tummy Tuck After Extensive Weight Loss

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A traditional tummy tuck is best suited for those with excess skin on top of or below the bellow button. However, if you’ve experienced massive weight loss or undergone gastric bypass surgery, an extended tummy tuck or “belt lipectomy” may be more appropriate.

Like a standard tummy tuck, this extended version removes all the excess skin, but instead of making an incision that runs from hip to hip, the incision must be made all the way around the stomach, hips and back in order to properly tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall and get rid of all the extra skin.

Just as the incision is extended, you can expect the recovery period to be extended. Additionally, you should keep in mind that although you will see a difference right away, full results won’t be noticeable for several months, or maybe even a year or longer.

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