If you have lost a large amount of weight, an extended tummy tuck may be just what you need, and Indianapolis Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joseph Fata can help. Dr. Fata will help you sort through the different tummy tuck options to see if you need an extended tummy tuck or if a more limited type of tummy tuck is appropriate.
To discuss your abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, options, please call 317-565-1009 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Fata at our Indianapolis area office.
Extended Tummy Tuck Technique
An extended tummy tuck follows the same principles and techniques as a full tummy tuck. A horizontal incision is made along the “bikini line” above the pubic hairline. The length of the incision and subsequent scar will extend far enough to remove all of the excess skin.
As in the full tummy tuck, the skin is separated from the muscles and the excess is trimmed away. The navel is preserved and brought out through a new opening in the abdominal skin to maintain its’ proper location. The muscles are tightened and the skin is closed with stitches.
The primary difference between an extended tummy tuck and a standard tummy tuck is the length of the scar and the amount of skin removed, which is far more in an extended tummy tuck.
The typical patient candidate for an extended tummy tuck has lost a large amount of weight, usually at least 75 pounds. The other candidate for an extended tummy tuck is a person who is significantly overweight but has a Body Mass Index (BMI) less than 30. A tummy tuck is not a substitute for weight loss, and so the expectations in this situation need to be realistic and in line with the fact that you will lose some inches but not lose any noticeable weight. Despite these limitations, many women have been quite happy with the results of an extended tummy tuck.
You will know if the extended tummy tuck is right the operation for you after your consultation with Dr. Fata at his Indianapolis, Indiana office.
You may also have other areas of loose skin around your arms and legs that bother you. Talk to Dr. Fata and see if you would be a good candidate for other body contouring procedures, such as an arm lift or a thigh lift.
Extended Tummy Tuck Recovery
Dr. Fata performs extended tummy tucks at the Carmel Ambulatory Surgery Center in Carmel, Indiana near his Indianapolis office. You will need an overnight, or 23-hour stay, and you will go home with an abdominal compression to control swelling and to protect the muscle repair. This garment will be worn for 6 weeks.
You will need one week off from work and most normal activities. The discomfort typically improves about 48 hours after surgery and most women feel much better in one week.
After the first week, you can begin to resume your normal activities. The only restrictions will be no strenuous exercise or heavy lifting for six weeks to protect your muscle repair.
Extended Tummy Tuck Cost
The approximate cost of an extended tummy tuck at the Carmel Ambulatory Surgery Center in Carmel, Indiana is $7,200-7,500, which includes Dr. Fata’s fee, the anesthesiologist’s fee, the surgery center facility fee, and all follow-up care by Dr. Fata.
To help you as you gather information on extended tummy tuck surgery, Dr. Fata has compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions based on his extensive experience with the extended tummy tuck procedure.
Schedule Your Appointment
Dr. Joseph Fata performs the extended tummy tuck procedure for his patients in Indianapolis and Carmel, Indiana. Contact Renaissance Plastic Surgery by calling 317-565-1009 or filling out our online form.