Extended Abdominoplasty

What is an Extended Tummy Tuck?

An Extended Tummy Tuck is a surgery that removes excess fat and skin that hangs from the front and sides of the abdominal area. The extended tummy tuck improves the abdominal wall muscles and the flank and hip region.

An extended tummy tuck is for patients that need to get rid of excess fats in flanks and hips. People that want to get rid of the "muffin top". It is always combined with a liposuction of the area. The surgery provides the contour the patient needs to recover the silhouette.


What is the difference between a regular and an extended tummy tuck?

A regular tummy tuck will tighten the front of the abdominal. It will also get rid of the excess of skin in the front. But, there are some patients that had extra fat and skin around their flank and back. This fat is also known as ‘love handles’. That is why the extended tummy tuck technique was developed.

An extended tummy tuck is basically the same as a regular tummy tuck but the word ‘extended’ is used to refer to the length of the incision.

Illustration showing how the incisions of the the extended tummy tuck are done and what areas of the abdominal area it address

Extended Tummy Tuck Incision

All Patients Need an Extended Tummy Tuck?

No, not all tummy tuck patients will need an extended tummy tuck. But it is an option if you have excess skin and/or fat around your sides and not just at the front area. The extended tummy tuck procedure is common worldwide. Thousands of male and female patients can enjoy the benefits from an extended tummy tuck.


What Tummy Tuck Before & After Results Can I Expect?

Good candidates for the extended tummy tuck will have excess skin from the abdomen to the flanks along with lax abdominal muscles. The extended tummy tuck removes large amounts of fat and skin from the abdomen and flanks.

The tummy tuck before and after photos show satisfactory results. This is one of the most popular post-bariatric plastic surgery procedures.

Does The Extended Tummy Tuck Leave a Big Scar?

During the extended abdominoplasty, the abdominal muscles are tightened. The plastic surgeon will tighten the muscles through a low scar in your abdominal area. The scar runs around the lower abdomen, flanks, and pubic region. The scar can be covered with your underwear.

The tummy tuck incision must extend as far as the loose skin on the abdomen extends. If you have a lot of loose skin the incision will need to go a bit further to the side so the skin can be removed.


When should I Consider Having an Extended Tummy Tuck?

If an extended abdominoplasty might be a better choice for you than a standard tummy tuck if you are in any of these circumstances:

If you had a massive weight loss
If you want to address your side bulges or whatever you decide to call your side bulges. The so-called love handles or ‘muffin top’


The extended tummy tuck will definitely restore the silhouette in patients that have excess skin and fat from her flanks and hips. Contact us today and get a FREE quote.

Is This Post Bariatric Plastic Surgery?

The extended abdominoplasty, along with the body lift is post-bariatric plastic surgery. Some people want to refine their figures after weight loss. This surgery can restore tone to the hip, flanks, and abdominal area. It also tightens up back your abdominal area muscles.

Plastic Surgery After Weight Loss is needed when you experience a significant weight loss, excessive amounts of skin can remain. In some cases, several pounds of excess skin remains. This is a good post bariatric procedure for someone that wants to address:

  • Significant amounts of excess skin
  • Fat in the upper hip
  • Fat or excess skin in flanks
  • Fat or excess skin in the lower back areas.


How Is the Surgical Procedure for an Extended Tummy Tuck Done?

The incision will span the length of your abdomen, extending all the way to the back of the hips. The surgeon will tighten exposed muscles during the extended abdominoplasty surgery. He also creates a new belly button to match the new shape of the body.

Does The Extended Tummy Tuck Includes Liposuction?

The extended tummy tuck with liposuction is always used to improve body contours. The body contouring plastic surgery removes the excess skin. The excess skin is later trimmed on the abdomen area. Also, the skin on flanks, hips, and back is also removed. Finally, the incision will be closed with stitches or sutures.

Can I Combine an Extended Abdominoplasty with Another Plastic Surgery Procedure?

Some patients choose to combine this procedure with another, such as a thigh lift or arm lift, or a Liposculpture with a Brazilian butt lift. you can also have it along with a breast augmentation or a breast lift.

Extended Tummy Tuck Recovery

The tummy tuck recovery time may vary from patient to patient. But, keep in mind this is a large surgery. you will need to spend the night in the hospital for at least one day after the surgery. There will be drainage tubes placed under the skin to stop fluid from accumulating and to allow the incisions to heal properly.

You will be given medication to ease any discomfort. An extended tummy tuck patient should arrange for someone to help them get around for several days after going home and they should not shower until a week or 2 after the operation when the drainage tubes have been removed from the incisions.

It is normal to experience swelling and bruising, although most of the swelling should go down after about 6 weeks. You can return to light activity within a couple of weeks of the extended tummy tuck.

Tummy Tuck Prices

The average cost of mini tummy tuck in Mexico is about $3,000 US and the extended tummy tuck price can be slightly higher. The average price of an extended tummy tuck in Mexico is much more affordable than in the United States.

Tummy Tuck price range in Mexico can go from $3,500 to $5,500 US and knowing you will be under the care of one of the best plastic surgeons in Mexico. The cost of a Tummy Tuck in Mexico is cheaper compared to the United States. Save money while you get the best possible medical care out there.

Undergoing any plastic surgery procedure requires you to be physically healthy, psychologically stable, and realistic in your expectations. Lab analysis and a cardiologist examination must be performed one day before surgery. If you are a smoker you should consider quitting at least 2 months before the procedure, otherwise expected results may be altered. Please contact Plastic Surgery Mexico today and get answers to your questions!