Extended Tummy Tuck in Beverly Hills

A Typical Tummy Tuck

People who have lost a lot of weight, as well as women after pregnancy, may discover a lot of loose skin and excess fat on their abdomen. If exercising and eating a healthy diet hasn’t done the trick, the best surgical remedy is an abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck.

There are several varieties of tummy tuck available, depending on your aesthetic needs. If you are experiencing excess folds and bulges on your abdomen, hip, and back, then an extended tummy tuck may be the right option for you.

The typical tummy tuck involves making an incision from hip to hip, and sometimes around the navel as well, to reshape the abdomen. Excess skin is removed, muscles are tightened with sutures, and liposuction may be used to clear excess fat. Often, your belly button must be moved to remain in proportion with the rest of your abdomen.

A tummy tuck is an involved surgical procedure and should only be undertaken if other methods have proven ineffective. Women should only undergo a tummy tuck if they are finished having children. During pregnancy and childbirth, the muscles in the abdomen are strained and separated, which will reverse the work done during a tummy tuck.

What is an Extended Tummy Tuck?

In an extended tummy tuck, the surgical incision extends even farther, past the hip and farther toward your back. This allows your surgeon extra freedom to reshape folds and bulges in your back and lower hip.

A larger incision and additional remolding means a longer surgery time. The most extensive varieties of tummy tuck can last up to five hours. Plan for a recovery period of two weeks or more. The surgery is performed under local or general anesthesia, so you should arrange for someone to take you to and from the surgical center. You will be advised to avoid strenuous physical activity such as pushing, pulling, and lifting objects, but encouraged to keep mobile to avoid blood clots forming in your legs.

Extended tummy tucks, as well as standard and mini tummy tucks, are available at the office of Dr. Julie Edween. Call our front office for additional information or to schedule an appointment.