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About Tummy Tuck Extended Surgery
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You’ve probably heard of tummy tuck surgery or abdominoplasty, but have you heard of extended tummy tuck surgery? Because an extended tummy tuck also gets rid of excess skin from the lower sides and back it differs slightly from a tummy tuck or a regular abdominoplasty.
If you have excess skin and bulging in your belly as well as your lower sides and back as a result of having a baby or multiple babies, losing and/or gaining weight, or for no specific reason at all, you may want to discuss the extended tummy tuck option. Regardless of whether you do a tummy tuck or extended tummy tuck you will be amazed at your results! Aker Aesthetics, serving Indianapolis, Carmel and surrounding areas, specializes in this procedure. We have done upwards of 325 extended tummy tucks in the last 8 years and consider this procedure to have one of the highest patient satisfaction ratings. The popularity of this procedure in Indianapolis and Carmel is growing rapidly as more people see the results that can be achieved.
We look forward to discussing this option with you at your consultation.
DR’s Tip on The Drainless Abdominoplasty:
When asked what’s the worst part of having an abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, many patients will say the drains. A tummy tuck procedure gets rid of excess fat and skin to create a well-toned abdomen. In a standard tummy tuck, your body accumulates fluid between skin and fat layer and the underlying muscles, before the layers heal together. Small tubes are used to drain this excess fluid.
New developments and research show that quilting technique not only eliminates the need for a drain but also gradually tightens the skin al the way down to the tummy. In 2002, Drs. Harlan and Todd Pollock published their technique for a drainless tummy tuck, demonstrating how additional suturing of the abdomen obliterates the space where drains are normally placed. This concept immediately clicked for us.
Many patients had been holding off on the surgery because they were afraid of the drains. Others now say this drainless technique has made recovery easier. Most of all, they’re sending their friends and that’s the best recommendation we can get.
Before & After
Frequently Asked Questions
Since the incision will be going all the way around with an extended tummy tuck, will my upper thigh skin and back skin get tightened as well?
The upper thigh and back skin do appear to benefit, although the amount varies with each patient.
What steps can I take to reduce the risk of blood clots following extended abdominoplasty surgery?
During surgery we use special leg compression devices to help prevent this process called deep venous thrombosis. After surgery anticoagulant medicines (eg. Heparin, Lovenox, or Arixtra) may be used also . The most important thing you can do is to maintain activity levels and avoid any cigarette smoking ornicotine products.
How do I decide between having a standard tummy tuck or an extended tummy tuck?
The difference is about the “love handle”, hip and buttock area. An extended tummy tuck helps these areas too,while a standard tummy tuck does not. So, your choice would be based on the problem areas you’d like to address with this cosmetic surgery.
Will there be a lot of swelling following my surgery?
While there is some swelling down low near the pubic area, it is still a wonderful improvement compared to before surgery. Some swelling could last up to 9 months, although most leaves by 4 months.
I’m a smoker. Will this cause any problems with my tummy tummy tuck surgery?
Smoking inhibits skin circulation and wound healing. It also makes anesthesia more risky. We will be glad to help you quit smoking before surgery. You must stop nicotine 8 weeks prior to surgery.
Is extended tummy tuck surgery safe?
Yes. It is as safe as standard tummy tuck or other elective cosmetic surgery procedures.
What is the recovery time for someone who has had an extended abdominoplasty?
In terms of pain you will notice significant relief within days. In terms of being able to exercise, you will want to wait at least 2-weeks before resuming light exercises. In terms of scar maturation, you will see steady improvement month by month.
Will my scar be noticeable?
Any scar is permanent but fade gradually over the next 6 months to a year.Scars following extended tummy tuck surgery are usually placed in an area where they can be hidden under clothing.
Will an extended tummy tuck change my posture?
Because of the muscle tightening involved in extended tummy tuck surgery, you may see improvement in your posture.Tightening the tummy muscles frequently reduces the hip tilt to a more normal position, and by default, improves one´s posture.
How long does extended tummy tuck surgery last?
It lasts the rest of your life if you care for yourself and maintain a healthy lifestyle and weight.
How many extended abdominoplasty procedures has The Plastic Surgery Group done?
Upwards of 325 in the past8 years.
Are all of the surgeons at The Plastic Surgery Group Board Certified?
Yes, Dr. Aker is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery.
Meet the Doctor
Dr. Aker, an Indianapolis plastic surgeon affiliated with several area hospitals, has lectured and is published widely on a variety of plastic surgery topics. Dr. Aker brought several new techniques in cosmetic surgery to Indianapolis and Carmel including the endoscopic breast augmentation (“endo aug”) and Asian eyelid surgery.