Extended Tummy Tuck: What to Expect and Consider

Extended Tummy Tuck

Extended Tummy Tuck Surgery provides a modified alternative to classic tummy tuck surgery for those concerned more about getting rid of excess skin than excess fat. It’s an ideal solution for patients seeking to minimize skin removal than fat removal.

Liposuction may not be enough to handle weight fluctuations, while an extended abdominoplasty is recommended for people who experience excess skin after pregnancy or with weight fluctuations.

Your new slimmer body may require additional fabric to flatten and stretch the abdomen for a smoother appearance, and therefore, this surgical procedure. To learn more, continue reading!

What is an extended tummy tuck?

An extended tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that removes excess fat and skin from the abdomen and flanks that cannot be eliminated through diet and exercise alone. 

It is a popular procedure to improve the appearance of abdominal skin left behind after a pregnancy or significant weight loss. It is also an excellent solution for those with much excess skin after substantial weight loss or abdominal surgery. 

Am I a good candidate for an extended abdominoplasty?

Am I a good candidate for an extended abdominoplasty

You may be a good candidate for an extended tummy tuck if:

  • You have a significant amount of excess skin due to effective weight loss.
  • You have experienced skin stretching after childbirth.
  • You’ve lost a substantial amount of weight following bariatric surgery.

Additional considerations:

  • Healthy skin is essential for the procedure, as it will be tucked back into the incision.
  • Your surgeon will conduct a physical examination and medical history review.
  • You may need to complete a medical history questionnaire providing information about allergies and current medications.
  • Pregnancy should be ruled out before the procedure.
  • Pre-operative checks, such as blood pressure assessment, will be performed to ensure your health is suitable for surgery.

How Much is an Extended Tummy Tuck

In the UK, the cost of an extended abdominoplasty typically ranges from £6,000 to £9,000, depending on the surgeon’s expertise and location. Prices may vary according to The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), while the tummy tuck costs £4,500 to £6,000 according to the NHS website.

In the USA, the cost of an extended tummy tuck can range from $8,000 to $15,000 or more, with variations based on the surgeon’s experience and location, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

How Much is an extended abdominoplasty in Turkey?

Extended tummy tuck surgery in Turkey varies from $3,500 to $8,000, influenced by factors like surgeon expertise, anesthesia type, facility cost, and anesthesia choice.

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What is the difference between a tummy tuck and an extended tummy tuck?

The difference between a tummy tuck and an extended tummy tuck:

1. Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty):

What is the difference between a tummy tuck and an extended tummy tuck

  • Targeted at Mild Excess Skin: A standard tummy tuck is ideal for individuals with a relatively small amount of excess skin, often due to factors like pregnancy or minor weight loss.
  • Incision Location: The surgeon typically makes an incision in the lower abdominal area near the bikini line.
  • Skin Removal: Excess skin is removed primarily from the lower abdomen.
  • Muscle Tightening: The abdominal muscles may be tightened, enhancing abdominal contour.
  • Suture Closure: After the procedure, the surgeon sutures the abdominal wall back together.
  • Result: Provides a flatter, firmer abdominal appearance and improved muscle tone.

2. Extended Tummy Tuck:

  • Suitable for Significant Excess Skin: An extended tummy tuck is chosen when there is a substantial amount of excess skin that cannot be resolved through diet and exercise alone.
  • Extended Incision: The surgeon makes a longer incision, often extending to the sides or even around the back, allowing for more extensive skin removal.
  • Comprehensive Skin Removal: Excess skin is removed from the lower abdomen and possibly extended areas, addressing a larger surface.
  • Muscle Tightening: Similar to a standard tummy tuck, abdominal muscles may be tightened.
  • Abdominal Wall Closure: After skin removal, the surgeon sutures the abdominal wall together.
  • Result: Not only achieves a flatter and firmer abdomen but also addresses excess skin on the sides and lower back, providing a more comprehensive transformation.

AspectStandard Tummy TuckExtended Tummy Tuck
Excess Skin AmountMildSignificant
Incision LocationLower abdomen near bikini lineLonger, extending to sides or back
Skin RemovalLower abdomenLower abdomen and possibly extended areas
Muscle TighteningYesYes
Abdominal Wall ClosureSuture abdominal wallSuture abdominal wall
ResultFlatter, firmer abdomenFlatter, firmer abdomen, and comprehensive skin removal including sides and lower back

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Extended Tummy Tuck Surgery Process and Recovery

People undergoing an extended abdominoplasty typically need a few weeks for recovery. It’s crucial to follow your surgeon’s post-op instructions, including wearing a compression garment, resting, and taking prescribed medications. Adhering to a healthy diet and exercise routine is vital for optimal results and speeding up the healing process.

1. The surgery

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  • Before Surgery:
  1. Consult with an experienced plastic surgeon to discuss your options.
  2. Choose between a complete tummy tuck with liposuction.
  3. Prepare for surgery by focusing on your health and well-being.
  • Day of Surgery:
  1. Arrive at the hospital with a clear mind and prioritize your safety.
  2. Anesthesia: Administered to ensure you’re comfortable during the procedure.
  3. Incisions: Made to access the abdominal area, often extending beyond a standard tummy tuck.
  4. Excess Skin Removal: The surgeon removes surplus skin and fat.
  5. Muscle Tightening: Abdominal muscles may be tightened.
  6. Liposuction: Liposuction may be used for further contouring.
  7. Skin Repositioning: The remaining skin is stretched and repositioned.
  8. Incision Closure: Surgical incisions are closed with sutures.

2. extended tummy tuck recovery time 

  • Three Days After Surgery:
  1. Expect soreness and manage pain with OTC medications.
  2. Apply a cold pack to reduce pain and swelling.
  3. Moderate swelling is normal; consult your doctor if it seems excessive.
  • One to Two Weeks After Surgery:
  1. Crucial healing period with skin tightening and reduced pain.
  2. Short walks are recommended to improve circulation.
  • Three Weeks After Surgery:
  1. Swelling begins to subside; stay hydrated with water.
  2. Consider wearing a compression garment for healing and scar appearance.
  • One Month After Surgery:
  1. Healing incisions and significant abdominal improvement.
  2. Begin light exercises as recommended by your doctor.
  • Six Weeks After Surgery:
  1. Active engagement in physical activity, less pain.
  2. Scar healing, turning from red to pink and becoming less noticeable.
  3. Consider discontinuing compression garments.
  • Three Months After Surgery:
  1. Fully healed, return to daily activities and work.
  2. Scar significantly improved and was less noticeable.
  3. Stronger abdominal muscles increase confidence.
  • Six Months After Surgery:
  1. Expect significant changes a slimmer and toned appearance.
  2. Scar fully recovered and increased muscle strength.
  3. Confidence in your transformed body.

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extended abdominoplasty results

At Hayatmed Clinic, an extended tummy tuck provides truly transformative results. This comprehensive process not only removes excess skin but also tightens abdominal muscles for a flatter and toned abdomen.

Patients can expect to see significant improvements to their abdominal appearance with reduced sagging and improved body confidence as a result of skilled surgeons and personalized care provided at Hayatmed. 

Patients experience amazing outcomes resulting from this comprehensive procedure!

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Can I do an extended tummy tuck with liposuction?

Yes, an extended abdominoplasty and liposuction can often be combined for optimal results. This combination typically addresses excess skin and muscle tightening while liposuction contours surrounding areas by extracting unwanted fat deposits. 

Your surgeon should discuss which approach will be most suitable during your consultation to create the most tailored plan of care for you.

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Does an extended tummy tuck repair the muscle?

Does an extended tummy tuck repair the muscle

Yes, an extended abdominoplasty typically includes muscle repair, just as in a standard tummy tuck procedure. 

Your surgeon can tighten and repair weak or separated abdominal muscles that may have separated due to pregnancy or significant weight loss; tightening these muscle fibers improves abdominal tone while firming up and toning up your abdominal area for a firmer and more toned look. 

During your consultation meeting with your surgeon, they will assess your individual needs before discussing to what extent muscle repair will occur.

How long does an extended abdominoplasty take?

An extended tummy tuck procedure typically lasts from two to four hours, depending on its scope. The initial phase typically lasts two hours, while the second takes around an hour; typically, your surgeon will ask you to remain in the hospital overnight after the initial stage has concluded. 

Subsequent procedures typically occur six weeks post-incision for healing purposes and reduction in swelling.

What does an extended tummy tuck scar look like?

Most tummy tucks will leave noticeable scars, although their location and length depend on your type of procedure and surgeon’s technique. 

Extended abdominoplasty procedures typically produce the largest scars; you should expect an incision from hip bone to hip bone, from umbilicus to umbilicus, and one on the side of the abdomen (which will likely be hidden by underwear). 

Though scars will fade over time with proper care taken, healing gel pads can protect incisions as they heal, while compression garments may help prevent scarring altogether.

Does extended tummy tuck lift thighs?

An extended tummy tuck primarily targets excess skin removal in the abdominal region and improves the lower abdomen while sometimes also improving the sides and lower back areas. 

Though not specifically targeting thighs, patients may opt for additional procedures like thigh lifts or liposuction in order to address concerns in that region; discuss this option with your surgeon in order to reach the desired results.

Does Extended Tummy Tuck include a backlift?

No, an extended tummy tuck typically addresses excess skin and fat on the abdomen. It sometimes extends to the flanks, while if necessary, a backlift would be undertaken separately to address excess skin/fat on the back.


Extended abdominoplasty is an excellent option for those who have experienced weight fluctuations or are dealing with loose skin after pregnancy. It’s a more comprehensive procedure that removes fat from the abdomen and excess skin.

It’s a major surgery, so you should be prepared for a lengthy recovery. While there are risks associated with the procedure, they are generally minimal if you choose a qualified surgeon.

The benefits of the extended tummy tuck are undeniable, and it will leave you with a slimmer, more attractive abdomen and newfound confidence. If you’re ready to proceed with this procedure, you should contact a qualified plastic surgeon to discuss your options.

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Frequently asked questions

It involves two stages: removing excess skin along the lower abdomen and excess fat from the flanks, followed by suturing the skin back together.

It’s suitable for significant weight loss, post-pregnancy, or bariatric surgery patients to address excess skin and fat, resulting in a slimmer appearance.

Blood clot risk is a concern post-surgery. Mobilizing early, taking prescribed blood thinners, and listening to your body can reduce this risk.

Your appetite generally remains the same after an extended abdominoplasty, but liposuction combined with the surgery can affect it. Eating regularly is crucial for recovery.

It’s advisable to wait at least three months after the surgery before attempting pregnancy to allow proper healing and reduce complications. Use contraception during this period to prevent unplanned pregnancy.

The healing time can vary but generally ranges from 4 to 6 weeks. However, complete recovery and optimal results may take several months.

It includes the removal of excess skin from the lower abdomen and often extends to address excess skin on the flanks. It may also involve muscle tightening and liposuction for body contouring.

An extended mini tummy tuck is a variation that focuses on the lower abdomen, addressing excess skin and fat below the navel. It is less extensive than a full extended abdominoplasty.

Expect initial soreness, swelling, and bruising. You’ll need to wear a compression garment and follow your surgeon’s post-op instructions. As you heal, you’ll notice a flatter, more toned abdomen and improved overall appearance. Full recovery may take several months.

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This article was Medically reviewed by Dr. Ali Cem OKTAY

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