When patients want to improve the curvature of their abdomen, a tummy tuck can produce satisfying, long-term results. For those with additional loose skin or deposits of fat around the hips and flanks, an extended tummy tuck may be a more effective technique. At Greenberg Cosmetic Surgery of Long Island and Manhattan, we want our patients to understand what they can expect from this body contouring procedure, as well as its associated risks and benefits. Read on to gain a better understanding of extended tummy tuck surgery.
Why Get an Extended Tummy Tuck?
Abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, removes loose and unwanted fat from the abdominal region. Whereas a normal tummy tuck can reshape the area around and below your navel, an extended procedure can also contour your hips and flanks. An extended tummy tuck is generally recommended for patients with excess tissue around the entirety of their waist, as opposed to just the stomach.
Because this surgery is more extensive than the traditional technique, patients can expect a significant change in their waist size and proportions. Although this will also shed some weight, patients should not seek abdominoplasty as a principal weight loss treatment. For patients hoping to remove a larger degree of fatty tissue, liposuction may be also be used for a more comprehensive body contouring procedure.
An Extended Tummy Tuck Surgery
A tummy tuck operation begins with anesthesia. If your surgeon plans to use a general anesthetic, avoid eating for 12 hours prior to surgery as it may result in exacerbated side-effects, and arrange for someone to drive you home. Many doctors recommend an overnight stay following an extended tummy tuck surgery, so make necessary preparations ahead of time. The surgery itself comprises a few simple steps:
- An incision is made under your stomach, ranging from the back of one hip to the other. An additional incision is made around your navel, allowing it to be repositioned in a way that complements your new form.
- Extraneous fat and skin are surgically removed from your abdomen, in addition to any undesirable tissue along your hips or behind them. Unlike a conventional tummy tuck, you can expect slimmer contours around the entirety of your waist.
- Your underlying muscles will be tightened to create smoother curves, as will your skin. When the contouring process is complete, your navel will be positioned.
- Your incisions will be stitched up, although drainage tubes may need to remain in place for a few days afterward.
What to Expect During Recovery
After the procedure, your stomach and sides will likely become swollen and partially bruised. Reserve judgment on your plastic surgery for at least a couple of weeks, allowing these effects to subside and your body to properly adapt to its curvature. You can reduce the duration of your swelling and recovery in general by wearing the elastic compression garment given to you by your doctor.
During recovery, look for signs of infection, including an increase in swelling, bruising, bleeding, or pain. Although you will be given antibiotics to curb the risk of infection, it is still possible and should be reported to your doctor.
Schedule a Consultation
Tummy tucks are one of the most common procedures at our practice. Through Dr. Greenberg’s expertise, you will receive top-of-the-line treatment that puts your health and beauty first. To schedule an appointment with us, contact our offices at your convenience.