Extended Abdominoplasty Specialist

Linda Swanson, MD

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon located in Torrance, CA & Los Alamitos, CA

If excess fat and skin on your flanks and back are impacting your self-esteem, a procedure known as an extended abdominoplasty may be right for you. Dr. Linda Swanson performs this specialized cosmetic surgery at her Torrance and Los Alamitos, California, practices to improve the appearance of your abdomen, hip, and flank areas. This safe and effective procedure can be truly life-changing. To learn more, schedule a consultation online or by calling the office.

Extended Abdominoplasty Q & A

What is an extended abdominoplasty?

An extended abdominoplasty is a specialized version of abdominoplasty geared toward patients who have excess skin and fat on their flanks and back. For some, a traditional abdominoplasty — even combined with liposuction — may not create the desired result that Dr. Swanson can achieve with the extended variation.

An extended abdominoplasty goes one step further than a traditional abdominoplasty by lengthening the incision around the sides to include the lower back area. This procedure may be an excellent alternative to the traditional abdominoplasty and can also tighten your abdominal wall.

In addition to improving the abdomen, hip, and flank areas, Dr. Swanson may recommend extended abdominoplasty to enhance the appearance of your buttocks and thighs.

Am I a good candidate for an extended abdominoplasty?

This procedure may be ideal for you if you have lost a massive amount of weight, leaving excessive amounts of skin that a traditional abdominoplasty can’t help. You may also benefit from this procedure if your abdominal muscles have become lax after multiple pregnancies.

Dr. Swanson performs a physical exam and reviews your medical records before recommending this treatment.

Will I have scars from an extended abdominoplasty?

Dr. Swanson is a skilled surgeon and ensures incisions are in the natural creases of your skin or can be hidden by your clothing as much as possible. Scars also improve over time, becoming harder to see.

How long is the recovery process after an abdominoplasty?

Dr. Swanson discusses the procedure with you during your consultation. She performs the procedure on an outpatient basis and you can expect to go home following surgery.

For the first few days, you may experience soreness and discomfort. It’s important that you get plenty of rest and walk around as frequently as possible to promote blood circulation.

You should plan to be out of work for up to four weeks following surgery to allow your abdominal muscles to properly heal. Dr. Swanson may recommend that you limit strenuous activity for a long period of time, depending on your healing process. You will see Dr. Swanson for frequent follow-up appointments, so she can monitor your post-op condition.

To learn more about the benefits of this specialized surgery, schedule an appointment online or by phone.

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