At his Charlotte practice, Dr. Pratt can help patients improve the appearance of their midsections. In cases where patients are struggling with loose and sagging skin (due to factors such as pregnancy, excess weight loss, or genetics), an extended tummy tuck can be of help.
Details of the extended tummy tuck procedure
Tummy tuck procedures are carried out with the patient under general anesthesia and typically take anywhere from one to five hours to carry out. Unlike a standard tummy tuck procedure, which involves an incision along the bikini line that extends from one hip to the other, extended tummy tuck procedures involve incisions that extend from the hips all the way around to the back. This enables the procedure to target the waistline in addition to the midsection.
During the procedure, the epidermis (upper layer of skin) is detached from the dermis (lower layers of skin), the abdominal tissue is sutured, and excess skin is removed from the area. If the area is in need of muscle repair, Dr. Pratt will restore the muscles to their natural position.
The procedure is an effective means of addressing a stomach bulge while slimming down the waist. Dr. Pratt will then employ liposuction during the procedure to further contour the waistline and love handles. Dr. Pratt will go over these details of the procedure with patients during the private consultation.