A 360 tummy tuck, also referred to as a circumferential tummy tuck, is a comprehensive procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the entire circumference of the torso. This includes the abdomen, waist, hips, and lower back. The goal of the 360 tummy tuck is to create a smoother, more contoured appearance that extends all the way around the body. In this article, we explore the ins and outs of the 360 abdominoplasty, including the benefits, recovery process, and suitable candidates.
The 360 tummy tuck is a major surgical procedure that typically takes between 4-6 hours to complete. It is performed under general anesthesia, and involves several steps:
- Liposuction – Dr. Ruston often uses liposuction to remove excess fat from the waist, hips, and lower back. This helps create a smoother, better contoured appearance and may further enhance the outcome of the procedure.
- Incision – your surgeon will then create an incision around the entire circumference of the body – just above the pubic area. This allows them to access the entire abdominal area and remove excess skin and fat.
- Skin and fat removal – the next step is to remove excess skin and fat from the abdomen, waist, hips, and lower back. This creates a smoother, more contoured appearance and eliminates the appearance of sagging skin and excess fat.
- Muscle repair – if and when necessary, the surgeon will repair separated or weakened abdominal muscles to deliver a firmer and flatter abdominal profile.
- Incision closure – incisions are then closed with sutures and a compression garment is placed over the treated areas to reduce swelling and support the healing process.
The recovery process after a 360 tummy tuck is extensive and requires several weeks of downtime. Patients should expect to experience some discomfort, swelling, and bruising in the treated areas. These are however easily managed with pain medication and by following the post-operative instructions provided by your surgeon. You’ll be asked to avoid strenuous activities and heavy lifting for several weeks after the 360 tummy tuck in order to give the body time to heal properly.
Dr. Ruston requires you to wear a compression garment for several weeks following their 360 abdominoplasty in order to support the healing process as well as control swelling. The majority of patients are able to resume routine work and social activities within 2-3 weeks.
Who Is a Good Candidate for a 360 Tummy Tuck?
A 360 tummy tuck is a major surgical procedure that is ideal for individuals who have significant excess skin and fat around the entire circumference of their torso. You may also be an ideal candidate for the 360 tummy tuck if:
- You have lost a significant amount of weight and have excess skin and fat around their entire torso
- You have experienced significant changes to their body due to pregnancy or aging
- You have tried diet and exercise but have been unable to achieve the desired results
- You have realistic expectations about the results of the procedure and to be in good overall health before undergoing the surgery.
A 360 tummy tuck is a comprehensive procedure that may help patients achieve a smoother, more contoured appearance around their entire torso. Although the recovery process may be extensive, the benefits of this procedure are potentially life-changing. This is more so true if you have struggled with excess skin and fat around your waist, hips, and lower back. During your initial Baton Rouge consultation with Dr. Ruston, the surgeon will listen to your concerns then create an individualized treatment plan to achieve your specific procedure goals.