When to Consider an Extended Tummy Tuck
Every so often, a standard tummy tuck procedure is already enough to provide our patient’s desired outcomes of a firmer and flatter midsection. However, there are instances when the procedure itself isn’t enough to achieve the results one is expecting. Thus, Dr. Cortes may recommend an extended tummy tuck.
An extended tummy tuck procedure is typically recommended for individuals who have lost massive amounts of body weight or have experienced multiple pregnancies. In this procedure, it is not just the abdomen that is improved but also the hips, flanks, and back.
The incision in a standard tummy tuck is usually done just above the pubic area but does not extend to the hip area. On the other hand, the incision in an extended tummy tuck extends beyond the pubic area down to the hips and flanks.
If you’re considering an extended tummy tuck, the following factors may affect your decision:
- Future plans of pregnancy – It may be best for you to delay an extended tummy tuck procedure until you have decided not to give birth anymore. Future childbirths may cause reseparation of the abdominal muscles which will only negate the positive outcomes of your surgery.
- State of your health – Since an extended tummy tuck is more invasive, it requires a longer recovery period. Longer recovery periods translate to increased risk of complications post-surgery such as pneumonia and infection. Patients who are about to undergo an extended tummy tuck should be in excellent shape, physically and mentally.
- Expectations of surgical outcomes – It is best to discuss your cosmetic goals and expectations to Dr. Cortes during personal consultations. Here at our practice, we make personalized surgical plans that is in parallel with your desired outcomes.
Do you still have questions about an extended tummy tuck? Call us at 713.234.6244 or fill out this contact form today to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Cortes. We look forward to your visit!