Extended Abdominoplasty at CREO Clinic
A tummy tuck is a procedure that gets rid of excess skin on the abdomen and, if needed, repairs separated or weakened abdominal muscles. There are four different types of tummy tucks performed at the CREO Clinic, including an extended tummy tuck.
Unlike a standard abdominoplasty which only targets the abdomen, an extended abdominoplasty removes excess skin from the lower flanks (commonly called love handles), as well. Like a standard tummy tuck, the procedure can also repair the abdominal muscles.
Very few surgeons will have performed an extended tummy tuck. However, as a body contouring surgeon specialising in tummy tucks, Dr Omar Tillo has performed the procedure numerous times, always delivering a natural-looking result.
Benefits of Extended Tummy Tuck
An extended tummy tuck gets rid of loose skin on the abdomen and lower flanks, thus evenly contouring the front, sides, and back of the abdominal area. Most patients seek an extended abdominoplasty if they have more extensive lax skin on both their abdomen and flanks.
After the surgery, patients will notice a dramatic difference before and after their surgery and may feel more confident and active in their bodies. Additionally, a tummy tuck with muscle repair has a range of added medical benefits, such as improvements in chronic back pain, which can improve a patient’s quality of life.
Extended Tummy Tuck Cost in London
The cost of an extended tummy tuck at the CREO clinic starts from £17,900. As it is a more complicated surgery that takes longer to perform, it is more expensive than a standard tummy tuck. We will provide you with the exact cost of your tummy tuck after your consultation with our plastic surgeon.
Alternative Tummy Tuck Procedures
The full (i.e., regular) and mini tummy tuck are the more common variations of the procedure:
Extended Tummy Tuck vs. Regular Tummy Tuck
An extended tummy tuck differs from a regular tummy tuck in that the latter only targets the abdomen, not the flanks. With an incision along the bikini line and around the belly button, a regular tummy tuck will remove excess skin on both the upper and lower abdomen. However, both an extended and regular tummy tuck can include muscle repair if needed.
Extended Tummy Tuck vs. Mini Tummy Tuck
An extended tummy tuck differs from a mini tummy tuck in that the latter only targets the lower abdomen and does not include muscle repair. With a small incision along the bikini line, a mini tummy tuck only removes excess skin in the lower abdomen.
How Long Does it Take to Recover From an Extended Tummy Tuck?
Following an extended tummy tuck, you will experience swelling and discomfort in the affected areas. Typically, patients will be able to return to work and light activities within 2-3 weeks, light exercises within 3-4 weeks, and strenuous exercises within 6-8 weeks.
For a smooth and quick recovery, be sure to follow our tummy tuck survival guide, recovery tips, and the aftercare instructions provided by your surgeon.
Are Extended Tummy Tuck Results Permanent?
The results from an extended tummy tuck are permanent as the excess skin and fat on the abdomen, and lower flanks are excised during the procedure. However, you may develop skin laxity in the area as you age, and weight gain after the tummy tuck may lead to the development of more loose skin. Therefore, it’s important to maintain a healthy lifestyle to preserve the permanent effects of the surgery.
Extended Tummy Tuck FAQ
What is included in an extended tummy tuck?
An extended tummy tuck involves an incision along the length of the bikini line that extends beyond the hip bones to cover the lower flanks. Additionally, as with a regular tummy tuck, an incision will also be made around the belly button.
Thus, an extended tummy tuck will tighten the skin in your abdomen as well as your lower back. The incisions also enable the surgeon to tighten the abdominal muscles if needed.
When can I sleep on my side after an extended tummy tuck?
Most patients can sleep on their side after three weeks. For the first three weeks after surgery, patients must sleep on their back with their upper body elevated to help prevent them from rolling onto their side or stomach. This position will place less strain on the incisions, allowing the wounds to heal properly.
Does an extended tummy tuck include liposuction?
An extended abdominoplasty on its own does not include liposuction. However, an extended tummy tuck can be combined with liposuction (a procedure known as lipoabdominoplasty) if you have fat deposits in your abdomen or flanks. This approach will enhance the contouring effects of your tummy tuck.
What Should You Expect After an Extended Tummy Tuck?
You will notice the results of your extended tummy tuck immediately after the surgery, as your abdomen and flanks will appear more contoured and defined once the excess skin is removed. However, the final results of the surgery will become apparent as the residual swelling completely subsides, which can take up to 6-12 months.