What Is an Extended Tummy Tuck?

Not all bodies are created equally, and surgical treatments should reflect that. There is no “one size fits all” method for plastic surgery, as all patients must be treated according to their physical needs and goals. To this end, tummy tuck procedures can be tailored according to the extent and location of a patient’s excess skin. Those who are looking to reshape the flanks in addition to their stomach may be good candidates for an extended tummy tuck. To better serve our patients in Santa Barbara, we offer the following information on the extended tummy tuck procedure.

Candidates for an Extended Tummy Tuck

All candidates for a tummy tuck procedure must have realistic expectations of what the treatment can accomplish. Please keep in mind that even an extended procedure is not meant as a primary method of weight loss, but as a cosmetic enhancement. Surgical body contouring can help produce significant results, but proper diet and exercise can ensure that these results are long lasting. Potential candidates should also have:

The Extended Abdominoplasty Procedure

In the extended tummy tuck procedure, the incisions are lengthened to accommodate a wider area of tissue removal, but recovery time and risk of complications are essentially the same.

As an extended abdominoplasty is more invasive, an overnight stay may be required. However, you should be able to return to work and light physical activities within a week or two of surgery.

Is an Extended Tummy Tuck Right for You?

Until you come in for a consultation, it’s impossible to know which procedure is truly right for you. Whether you are considering abdominoplasty, liposuction, or other body contouring treatments, we want to help you arrive at an educated decision. To learn about all of our cosmetic services and how they may benefit you, contact our office today and schedule an appointment with Dr. Mackenzie.

Douglas J. Mackenzie M.D., F.A.C.S.

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