Plenty of people would love a flatter, tighter stomach. But if you’re living with excess skin and fat around your abdomen and back towards your hip, a basic tummy tuck might not be enough to move you toward your ideal shape. Fortunately, you have options.
With an extended abdominoplasty, Linda Swanson, MD, can address your entire torso, expanding the procedure past your stomach to your flanks and back. This procedure can give you results that extend well beyond your abdomen, enhancing the appearance of your hips, buttocks, and thighs, too. If you think this option might be right for you, don’t hesitate to talk with Dr. Swanson at our offices in Torrance and Los Alamitos, California.
To help you better understand this transformative option before your consultation, our team put together this quick guide.
Extended abdominoplasty vs. tummy tuck
An extended abdominoplasty is basically an amped-up tummy tuck. To best understand this option, it can be helpful to first take a look at tummy tucks themselves.
Also called an abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck involves Dr. Swanson removing excess skin and fat around your stomach and tightening your abdominal muscles.
With an extended tummy tuck, she takes things a step further by extending the incision from your tummy tuck around your abdomen to your sides. This allows Dr. Swanson to address your flanks and lower back area, giving her more opportunities to remodel your entire torso to give you a tighter, smoother shape.
Deciding if extended abdominoplasty is right for you
People who opt for an extended abdominoplasty over a traditional one are usually dealing with one of two issues: excess skin or lax abdominal muscles.
The first issue often arises after you lose a lot of weight. You worked hard to reach your weight loss goals, and extra skin around your abdomen shouldn’t keep you from your dream shape.
The most common reason for the second problem, loose musculature through your abdomen, is multiple pregnancies. An extended abdominoplasty gives you a way to get your body back after having children.
Dr. Swanson performs extended abdominoplasty as an outpatient procedure, meaning you can go home the same day. But this procedure will only be right for you if you can take at least a couple of weeks off of work to recover. Plan to wear compression garments under your clothes and take it easy for about 4-6 weeks.
If an extended abdominoplasty sounds like it could be for you, don’t hesitate to call our office nearest to you or book a visit online today.