If you have given birth or have lost a significant amount of weight that has left you with excess skin around your abdomen, an abdominoplasty procedure could prove to be a good option for you. Abdominoplasty (also known as a tummy tuck) is a surgical procedure designed to remove excess skin and fat from the abdominal area. The results are a taut, firm midsection and more pleasing contours. However, there also exists a procedure called an extended abdominoplasty that addresses other issues besides sagging skin and excess fat on the midsection.
What is an extended abdominoplasty?
An extended tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that is akin to a traditional abdominoplasty except it involves the additional removal of excess skin and fat from the flanks, lower back, and hips. Furthermore, this procedure improves muscle laxity in areas like the back, hips, and flanks. This procedure was created because in some abdominoplasty patients the abdomen was greatly improved but the flanks, hips, and back still held excess fat and skin.
What’s the difference between a traditional tummy tuck and an extended version?
The traditional tummy tuck only addresses the abdomen, whereas an extended abdominoplasty deals with the abdomen, flanks (sometimes referred to as love handles), hips, and lower back. In both procedures, liposuction can be used to remove stubborn fat deposits. Moreover, abdominoplasty, whether traditional or extended, can be done as part of a mommy makeover package. This involves a breast augmentation or lift to restore the form of the breasts following breastfeeding.
Which one is best for me?
The only way to tell which type of abdominoplasty procedure is best for you is to consult a board-certified plastic surgeon. Upon your first consultation, the surgeon will examine your abdomen, flanks, hips, and lower back to determine if you are a good candidate for an extended tummy tuck or will benefit from the traditional version. If you do not carry excess skin and fat anywhere except the abdomen, chances are you do not need to undergo an extended tummy tuck. However, if you notice that you do have extra fat and skin around the hips, flanks, or lower back, then you could be a good candidate for an extended abdominoplasty.
Please contact us for more information about the extended tummy tuck procedure or to book a abdominoplasty consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon.