Extended Tummy Tuck Melbourne
Extended Tummy Tuck, or Extended Abdominoplasty, as the name suggests, is a more extensive form of regular Tummy Tuck. An extended Tummy Tuck removes excess tissue and skin not only from the front but also from the sides (flanks) of the lower and mid-abdomen.
The result of obesity, sudden or massive weight loss that results in stretch marks and excess skin, or pregnancy, can cause aesthetic problems and dissatisfaction in people of all genders, regardless of age.
Why have an Extended Tummy Tuck?
One of the first places on the body where fat deposits accumulate and consequently creates excess skin is in the abdomen and flanks. Droopy, excess skin and fat deposits create “love handles” and are often accompanied by poor skin quality and stretch marks in the abdominal area.
An Extended Abdominoplasty procedure widens the incision line and expands the area operated on, to achieve more dramatic and better results. A tighter waistline helps achieve a more beautiful and contoured torso no matter the angle you view your body. Furthermore, you can combine Extended Abdominoplasty with other plastic surgeries. For example, liposuction (on various parts of the body) or breast lift.
Am I a Good Candidate for an Extended Tummy Tuck?
While a Tummy Tuck is a good option for the frontal area of the abdomen, Extended Tummy Tuck aims at a larger area. Patients who go through the process of massive weight loss, often end up with sagging and droopy skin. This cannot only cause aesthetic problems but it can also cause physical discomfort and dissatisfaction. Excess skin may be the result of either pregnancy and/or large weight loss, which can lead to;
- Skin folds
- Stretch marks
- Sagging skin
- Skin irritation and/or rashes
- Skin that partially or completely covers the pubic area
- And drooping skin that patients often try to cover up by tucking into pants.
Extended Tummy Tuck is an extensive and complex procedure that requires certain conditions to be met to ensure a safe procedure for the patient.
There is no set age limit for who can undergo an Extended Tummy Tuck (other than adulthood). Patients can be postpartum mothers or people who have abruptly gained or lost a significant amount of weight, whether they are in their twenties or in their sixties.
The main condition for Extended Abdominoplasty is that you are in good general health and that you do not suffer from an illness or medical condition. This also includes taking certain medications that could lead to complications. If you are on medication you need to inform your Specialist Plastic Surgeon.
In order to have an Extended Tummy Tuck, your body weight needs to be stable. Further discussion will be had about this during your first consultation with a Specialist Plastic Surgeon.
It is also important that you follow the instructions you receive during the first consultation, especially those that relate to preoperative preparations. If you are a smoker, you will need to stop smoking at least 2 weeks before your procedure. This is due to the negative impact that smoking has on your recovery. It is also important to fulfil the psychological requirements.
A good candidate for Extended Tummy Tuck is any person who understands;
- All the risks and possible complications that this procedure carries
- The extensiveness of the results and their duration
- Preoperative preparations
- And, a strong desire to undergo such a procedure.
Benefits of Extended Tummy Tuck
Our body can change fast. During pregnancy, women gain between 10-20 kilograms in the short period of 9 months, which they then subsequently lose a lot of in an even shorter period. For people who have gone through the process of massive weight loss, the changes can be even more obvious. So it comes as no surprise, that such changes leave visible traces on our body, especially on our skin.
Excess skin and fat deposits in the abdomen area can be an aesthetic burden for many patients. Not only can it lead to reduced self-confidence, dissatisfaction, loss of motivation and even depression it can also physically take a toll on the body in the form of, rashes, unpleasant odours or infection. This can be a result of excess skin folds rubbing together. Unfortunately, skin elasticity is individual, quite limited and slow. In some patients, the skin recovers faster and returns to its natural position, however in most cases it remains permanently stretched.
If we take into account natural ageing and external factors such as sun exposure, it is clear that our skin slowly but surely loses the fight. Thanks to Extended Tummy Tuck surgery, it is possible to restore the more attractive contours of your abdomen, especially in the middle and lower torso area.
During the procedure all excess sagging skin is removed, to help you achieve that smoother-looking abdomen, that exercising and diet alone could not give you.
Benefits After the procedure
After the procedure, your skin and the appearance of your abdomen will be tighter and flatter. Fat deposits in the area where the love handles form will also be removed. The results of the Extended Tummy Tuck procedure are individual and depend not only on your wishes but also your body’s condition and the amount of excess skin. However, overall the results are usually dramatic, and patients feel much more confident and satisfied after their procedure.
In some patients, excess tissue and a weak abdominal wall can also cause other health problems, such as back pain. Thanks to the removal of large amounts of excess tissue, these problems can often be resolved. Activities you avoided like playing sports, running, wearing bikinis or other tight clothes, can now become part of your daily routine.
Before and After Photos
Visit the clinic to see the real patient photo gallery of Before and After Extended Tummy Tuck photographs representing typical results our patients get. It is important to remember that results depend on individual patient circumstances and can vary significantly.
Extended Tummy Tuck – Procedure
Our Top Specialist Plastic Surgeons for Extended Tummy Tuck will create an individualized procedure to achieve optimal results. They will make an incision from the back of the hipbone on one side that will extend in the lower abdomen all the way to the back of the opposite hipbone. Thanks to the larger incision, it is possible to remove most of the tissue not only from the front side but also the lower side of the area where love handles form.
After making an incision in the predefined area, the Specialist Surgeon will carefully lift the excess skin and fat from the abdominal wall, and pull it to a predetermined area where the incision will be closed with sutures. They may also tighten your abdominal muscles to improve the final results.
During the procedure, it is possible to perform liposuction and body contouring of certain body areas in order to achieve more dramatic results. This can reduce the recovery time and trauma that can be caused by having the procedures done separately.
Extended Tummy Tuck – Recovery
Extended Abdominoplasty, like any invasive procedure, is a complex and extensive operation. The extensiveness of this procedure makes the Extended Tummy Tuck recovery somewhat more serious than that of a mini or ordinary abdominoplasty. Extended Tummy Tuck is normally done as an outpatient procedure. This means that in most cases patients are able to go home the same day as their surgery.
In case you need a more extensive form of Extended Tummy Tuck, or you have decided to combine this procedure with other procedures, you might stay in the hospital for overnight observation and monitoring. This is done to avoid possible complications.
The recovery time itself depends on several factors, the most important being age, the quality of your skin, the extent of the procedure and your body’s ability to recover quickly.
Recovery – First few days after Extended Tummy Tuck
- The first few days of recovery are the most important.
- A certain level of pain and discomfort is normal, however, your doctor can prescribe you with pain medication to help you get through this period with relative ease.
- During this time, your mobility will be limited, therefore, it is recommended that you have a family member, friend, or professional assistant perform basic activities during this time. Such as, getting up, lying down, dressing and general movement.
- To ensure good recovery, you will wear an abdominal binder to help protect the operated area, reduce swelling and bruising. This binder is typically worn for between 4-7 weeks.
- Easier physical activities, such as;
- Light household chores
- Standing for long periods
- And going out for groceries should be avoided for the first 10-14 days.
- Almost full recovery can be expected after 4 weeks, however, heavier physical activities should still be avoided at this time.
- If you want to train and engage in physical activities or sports, you should start slowly and gradually increase the pace over time.
- This should only be done once you have consulted with your Surgeon and they have given you the go-ahead.
- You can reduce bruising and swelling by using cold compresses, but complete fading requires 8-12 weeks.
- Your Specialist Plastic Surgeon and his professional team will provide you with all the necessary instructions to make the Extended Tummy Tuck healing period as short and comfortable as possible.
- It is important to note that following these instructions can greatly affect the final outcome of your results and prevent complications.
- Also, during recovery, your specialist surgeon will arrange follow-up appointments to monitor your healing and recovery process. Attending these appointments is vital as it not only gives your surgeon the opportunity to check on your progress but to answer any question you have.
Complications and Risks of an Extended Tummy Tuck
Every invasive procedure, even the simplest one, carries with it certain risks and complications. A number of influences can affect the occurrence of risks and complications. The most important things you can do are;
- Follow the recovery instructions so as not to jeopardize the healing process and the results themselves.
- Avoid activities that can lead to injuries to the operated area
- Follow the medication instructions
- Attend all follow-up appointments
- And, report any changes or concerns to your Specialist Surgeon immediately.
It is very important that you choose the Best Surgeon for your Extended Tummy Tuck. Your surgeon must be a professional, an Extended Tummy Tuck specialist, with years of experience and documented results. Cheap surgeries, unrealistic discounts, and inexperienced surgeons can be the most expensive and painful option.
Possible risks and complications with Extended Tummy Tuck include;
- Dissatisfaction with the results
- Excessive Scarring
- Reaction to anaesthesia
- And, more.
Your Extended Tummy Tuck Journey
If you have decided on the Extended Tummy Tuck, you have already successfully completed the first step! The next step is to arrange a consultation with the best Extended Tummy Tuck Specialist Plastic Surgeon to discuss your desired results and to learn about options and possibilities. During the consultation process, you will undergo certain health tests to determine whether or not you are a good candidate for Extended Abdominoplasty, and thus ensure a safe procedure and recovery.
On the day of surgery, you will go through preoperative steps. You will receive appropriate anaesthesia to ensure you feel no discomfort or pain during the procedure. After making an incision in the predefined area, the Surgeon Specialist will carefully remove the excess skin on the flanks and front of the abdomen. The incision will be closed, and you will begin your healing and recovery process.
Usually, a few hours after the procedure, when the effects of the anaesthesia subside, and you be given the all-clear, and you will be able to go home. The first day you will feel sleepy, and most patients forget the first day very quickly. Over time, you will feel better and your results will become more visible.
Extended Tummy Tuck Cost
Every patient is different, therefore the prices vary. You will receive a price quote after your first consultation. Your quote will include a break down of costs, including but not limited to;
- Surgeon’s fee
- Anaesthetist’s fee
- Surgical assistant fee
- Hospital fee
- Recovery garments
Extended Tummy Tuck FAQs
What is the difference between an abdominoplasty and an extended tummy tuck?
- Extended Abdominoplasty, or Extended Tummy Tuck, differs from regular Tummy Tuck in the extent of the procedure itself.
- While in ordinary abdominoplasty the skin and excess tissue are removed only from the front of the abdomen, in Extended Tummy Tuck the excess from the flanks is removed as well.
Can an overweight person have an extended tummy tuck?
- Surgeons prefer that you lose weight and maintain a stable weight for a while before you undergo an Extended Tummy Tuck.
- You can read our “Am I too fat for a tummy tuck?” article for more information.
- However, as mentioned previously each case and each patient is individual. Therefore, it is necessary to arrange a consultation to determine with certainty whether you are the right candidate or not.
What’s the difference between an extended tummy tuck and a 360 tummy tuck?
- 360 Abdominoplasty, or 360 Tummy Tuck, is an even more extensive form of abdominoplasty.
- The 360 Abdominoplasty removes excess skin and tissue from the lower back, sides, and front.
- While the Extended Tummy Tuck extends from the front to hip area.
What are flanks?
- Flanks are the area that covers the side of the ribs cage on your body.
- Unfortunately, this area is one of the first areas we collect fat deposits.
- They are very difficult to remove with exercise and non-invasive treatments.
How many sizes do you lose with an Extended Tummy Tuck?
- The results of each Extended Tummy Tuck are individual and vary from person to person.
- In patients who have a large amount of skin and tissue removed, the results will be more dramatic in terms of lost size.
Does Extended Tummy Tuck include love handles?
- Extended Tummy Tuck removes the lower part of the love handles.
- But for complete removal of love handles, it is necessary to perform a liposuction procedure as well.
- Fortunately, Liposuction and tummy tucks are often carried out simultaneously.
Will Medicare cover Extended Tummy Tuck costs?
- In general, Medicare does not cover the costs of procedures performed as a cosmetic improvement.
- But if the Extended Tummy Tuck is performed as a reconstructive and functional operation, there is a possibility that some costs will be covered.
- However, you must meet the strict medicare criteria.
Do Extended Tummy Tucks leave big scars?
- Any form of Abdominoplasty, even Extended Tummy Tuck, will cause scarring.
- Fortunately, choosing the Best Specialist Plastic Surgeon for Extended Tummy Tuck, and proper recovery, will help your scars heal and fade over time.
What is the difference between an Extended Tummy Tuck and a Lower Body Lift?
- A Lower Body Lift is a more invasive procedure.
- It lifts the abdomen, back, buttocks, and thighs.
- As a result, a Lower Body Lift causes more scarring and requires a slightly longer recovery.
In order to choose the best surgical option for you, we recommend arranging a consultation.
Further Reading – Medical References
- What you need to know about your tummy tuck recovery
- Tummy tuck recovery: Duration, tips, and more
- Exercising After a Tummy Tuck
- The extended abdominoplasty – PubMed
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Our Extended Tummy Tuck Surgeons
Dr Patrick Briggs is an internationally trained, Specialist Plastic Surgeon with over 20 years’ experience. Thanks to his extensive experience across multiple surgical fields he has been able to refine his skills leading to optimum results for his patients.
He furthers his current experience by continually attending conferences and seminars extending his knowledge and training to include the latest and best surgical techniques and equipment. By doing so he is able to provide his patients with the highest level of care and skill ensuring quality results.
Dr Geoff Barnett is one of Melbourne’s most experienced Plastic Surgeons for Face, Breast and Body Surgery. His dedication and is his ability to give patients aesthetically pleasing, natural-looking results are second to none.
Furthermore, he has an approachable nature and focuses on exceptional pre-surgery and post-operative care. Dr Barnett has practised in Hawthorn for over 35 years. In that time he has helped more than 5000 patients achieve life-changing outcomes. Not only is he an exceptionally caring Surgeon but he also has a passion for providing the right information and dedicated care to all of his patients.