Tummy Tuck Extended FAQs
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 wonderfulimprovement 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.