Understanding the Extended Tummy Tuck: A Quick Overview
- 05 May 2018
- Dr. Nidal (Nick) Masri
When it comes to tummy tucks, people often think about the full tummy tuck and the mini tummy tuck. But there’s another kind of abdominoplasty that’s more extensive than these two procedures – the extended tummy tuck.
Want to know if it’s right for you? Read on to learn more about this abdominoplasty type.
What is an Extended Tummy Tuck?
The extended abdominoplasty is a type of tummy tuck surgery that involves the removal of excess skin not just in your upper and lower abdomen, but also on your sides. It targets your love handles, flanks, and hip region, trimming down the extra folds of skin and fat in those regions.
Compared to a full tummy tuck, the incision in an extended tummy tuck is often longer, reaching as far as possible on each side of the hips and abdomen. However, it is still placed as low as possible so that you can easily hide it beneath undergarments and bikini bottoms.
Is the Procedure Right for Me?
The extended tummy tuck is best for patients who have a lot of loose skin in the abdomen but still not enough to undergo a lower body lift.
Patients who had substantial weight loss before and want to refine their figures can opt for this type of tummy tuck. Massive weight loss can lead to a significant amount of excess fat and skin in the upper hip, flank, and lower back regions, so the extended abdominoplasty can help you trim your sagging skin and restore tone in those areas.
How is an Extended Tummy Tuck Done?
After giving you general anesthesia, your plastic surgeon creates a low abdominal incision that extends to your posterior flanks.
The abdominal skin is then lifted off the abdominal wall to reveal your abdominal muscles. The muscles are tightened and brought towards the midline through a special running suture.
Next, your plastic surgeon pulls your skin downward, with the excess skin trimmed. The procedure is repeated on each flank side before your plastic surgeon closes the incision and dresses your wound.
How Can I Recover from the Surgery?
Unlike a full tummy tuck where you can go home hours after the surgery, the extended tummy tuck would require you to stay in the hospital for at least one night. It involves a fairly long incision, so you need to recover a bit first before you’re sent home.
Expect to have some drainage tubes placed under your skin to prevent fluid accumulation and allow your incisions to heal properly. It’s normal to experience pain right after surgery, but you’ll be given pain medications to ease your discomfort.
Make sure that you have someone who can drive you home and help you around for the first few days post-op.
It’s also normal to experience swelling and bruising up to months after your surgery, although the majority of the swelling will subside in six weeks.
You may return to light work and activity around one to two weeks after your extended abdominoplasty. However, make sure that you consult your plastic surgeon before you resume any vigorous activity or heavy exercises.
If you’re thinking about getting an extended tummy tuck but still have some questions in mind, schedule a Free Consultation with one of our experienced, reputable, and double board-certified plastic surgeons. We’ll make sure to answer any questions that you may have.