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.
Plastic Surgery After Weight Loss
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.
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 cosmetic surgery is one of the most popular post-bariatric plastic surgery procedures.
Tummy Tuck Scar
Does The Extended Tummy Tuck Leaves 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. The so-called love handles or ‘muffin top’