This procedure is used when tissue excess is not just present in the tummy but continues not only into the flanks but all the way round to the middle of the back. This is commonly seen after significant weight loss and careful assessment before committing to surgery is particularly necessary.
Surgery is as for an Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) but includes removal of a pre-marked strip all the way round the back at the top of the buttocks.
Deeper tissues are tightened with slowly dissolving stitches to achieve tightening and some lift, the skin also being closed with dissolveable stitches. The stitch line, and therefore the resultant scar, extends all the way round the lower trunk.
Hospital stay is usually 3 to 4 nights and 3 to 4 weeks off work are necessary, energetic exercise only being introduced gradually towards the end of 2 months. Overall return to feeling fully restored to general comfort and activity can take 3 to 6 months after treatment but this procedure can deliver a very significant improvement in body contour.