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Extended Tummy Tuck
with DrBfixin in Long Island, NY
The first tummy tuck was performed in 1899. Since then, the surgery evolved several times to provide a more natural result, create a belly button, and reduce visible scarring. In addition to minute surgical techniques, new types of tummy tucks emerged. This includes the extended tummy tuck, fleur-de-lis tummy tuck, and mini tummy tuck. Dr. Scott Blyer at Cameo Surgery Center specializes in the best tummy tucks and designer belly buttons. Cameo Surgery Center provides the best extended tummy tuck Long Island and NYC offers.
What Is An Extended Tummy Tuck?
The purpose of an extended tummy tuck is to prevent excess skin on the hips and back from interfering with the results of a traditional tummy tuck. If not removed, this skin can make the results of a standard tummy tuck look subpar or distract from the results altogether.
Extending the incision over the hip and around the back to remove this skin provides better results for these patients. Unlike a body lift, the sides of the incision do not meet. In fact, an extended tummy tuck can include any abdominoplasty surgery where the incision goes beyond the hip, even if it does not wrap completely around it.
Otherwise, the procedure looks almost the same as a typical tummy tuck. Dr. B will likely perform muscle plication and can combine it with liposuction. It involves a similar recovery to a tummy tuck and minimal added surgery time and can benefit both men and women.
When It’s Necessary
Dr. Blyer may recommend an extended abdominoplasty when a traditional hip to hip incision will not provide an adequate amount of skin removal. In this case, liposuction alone will also not address the extra skin on the love handles and hips. If the extra skin is minimal and the patient has good skin quality, they may undergo a skin tightening procedure such as J plasma with their tummy tuck.
Often with weight loss patients or those of a certain age, the skin is either too copious or not good enough quality for skin tightening techniques to work. Thus, the next option is extending the surgery to remove and tighten the skin manually. This is where an extended tummy tuck may be considered necessary.
An extended tummy tuck—like all surgeries—comes with benefits and risks. Understanding both is integral to making an informed decision.
Some of the benefits of an extended abdominoplasty may include:
- Flatter, more toned abdomen
- Remove excess skin
- Firmer, slimmer physique
- Correct diastasis recti (separation of the abdominal muscles)
- Remove extra skin on the hips and flank area
- Natural looking belly button
- Low and minimal scarring
- Combinable with other procedures like liposuction, Brazilian butt lift, and breast surgery
- Offers medical benefits like hernia repair and treating stress urinary incontinence
- Easier to exercise and lift heavy objects
- Go home the same day as the surgery
- Performed by one of Long Island’s top tummy tuck surgeons
Major complications or risks of an extended tummy tuck are rare. Certain patients are at higher risk and Dr. B evaluates each patient based on their individual risks. Ultimately, in the rare event complications occur, they are generally temporary and treatable. Still, it is important for patients to understand the risks and possible complications.
Some of the risks of an extended tummy tuck may include:
- Visible or raised scarring
- Prolonged or severe side effects
- Poor healing
- Fluid collection
- Complications of general anesthesia
- Skin/fat necrosis
Extended Tummy Tuck Surgery From Start To Finish Consultation
At a consultation at Cameo Surgery Center, patients meet with Dr. B to discuss their concerns and goals for surgery. He will also ask about the patient’s medical history and lifestyle. For example, this could include asking about medications the patient takes, if they smoke, previous surgeries they have had, and medical conditions they may have.
Dr. Blyer will also perform a physical exam of the area. This allows him to evaluate skin quality, the amount of extra skin and fat, and the severity of diastasis recti. He will determine if you are a good candidate for an extended tummy tuck NYC and explain the procedure in detail. Dr. B may also present alternatives and the results that the patient could expect from those alternatives. Patients will also receive a customized price quote and financing information before they leave the office.
Dr. Blyer performs extended abdominoplasty surgeries under general anesthesia. Once the patient is properly sedated, he will make the incision across the abdomen. It will extend onto and potentially over each hip. Dr. B then uses the incision to access the abdominal muscles which he tightens. He may also place a stitch on the side of each row of muscle to help snatch the waist. This is unique to DrBFixin’s tummy tuck procedures.
After this, he will tighten the abdominal skin and remove any excess. Depending on the specifics of the procedure, he may preserve the patient’s original belly button and reposition it, or he will recreate the belly button in a natural position. In most cases, Dr. B uses absorbable sutures to close the incision.
Recovering after an extended tummy tuck Long Island is similar to other abdominoplasty procedures. Many of the instructions Dr. B provides will mirror those of other types of tummy tucks. Some of the recovery instructions Dr. Blyer may give a patient include:
- Wear a compression garment
- Reduce stress on the incision by bending over when standing
- Do not lay flat, sleep with the upper body propped up (recliners work well)
- Massage the abdomen gently and as instructed
- Drink plenty of water
- Eat normally as soon as possible
- Get up and walk at least a few times a day
- Do not drive, exercise, or return to work until advised
- Avoid strenuous activities
- Do not smoke
- Get adequate rest
Wonder If Extended Tummy Tuck Works The Best For You?
Dr. B limits his tummy tuck procedures to a BMI of 32. This helps achieve the best possible results and ensures a high level of safety. Dr. Blyer is happy to see patients before they reach a BMI of 32 or under. He also offers a semaglutide weight loss program which can help prospective tummy tuck patients lose weight.
Liposuction benefits nearly every extended tummy tuck surgery. A minimal amount of fat is removed during an abdominoplasty, so liposuction can help smooth and further tone the body’s contours. Technically, liposuction is not necessary. However, it often provides much better results.
Yes, when performed by a qualified and experienced surgeon in a proper surgical atmosphere, extended tummy tucks are very safe. Dr. B has performed hundreds of tummy tuck surgeries and places surgery as his highest priority.
An extended tummy tuck with DrBFixin starts at $13,500. Additional procedures, specifics of the case, and other factors may impact the final price. Following a consultation, patients will receive a finalized price quote for all of their procedures.
Cameo Surgery Center does work with Care Credit to offer financing. They can help set up a payment schedule, but patients must pay off the surgery three weeks before the procedure..
The Best Extended Abdominoplasty Long Island & NYC
Dr. Scott Blyer is one of the top cosmetic surgeons in New York State. As a trustee of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. B is a leader and educator in the field. With over a decade of experience and using specialized equipment to make his surgeries safer, Dr. B offers the best extended abdominoplasty Long Island and NYC provides.
To learn more and schedule a consultation, call us at 631-232-2636 or reach out online via chat or contact form.