Extended Tummy Tuck Surgery – Abdominoplasty by Dr Patrick Briggs Plastic Surgeon

Extended Tummy Tuck

What Is An Extended Tummy Tuck?

An extended tummy tuck is similar to the tummy tuck, also known simply as Abdominoplasty, which is a surgical procedure wherein excess skin is removed from the stomach area, which has a smoothening and tightening effect on your mid-section.

Extended Tummy Tuck is a variant of standard Tummy tucks. In addition to removing extra skin from the stomach area, excess fats are also removed from the torso by targeting the flanks and back of the body by extending the lateral incision in a standard tummy tuck. It provides recontouring to hips and flanks in addition to the stomach.

If you are bothered by the excess skin on your abdomen, sides of your body, or hips and want it recontoured, book a consultation now to find out more about Extended Tummy tuck.

Am I a good candidate for Extended Abdominoplasty?

Extended Abdominoplasty may be the procedure for you if:

  • You are physically healthy and at a stable weight range.
  • You are not currently pregnant.
  • You are experiencing loose skin around your abdomen and the sides of the body following significant weight loss.
  • You want proper contouring to your body after pregnancy.
  • You have realistic goals about the procedure.

However, the following indicates that it may not the procedure for you if

  • You are currently pregnant or intend on getting pregnant soon.
  • You have unrealistic goals about the results.
  • You are significantly overweight.
  • You have side effects related to anesthesia.

Book a consultation today if you are any of the candidates mentioned above for the procedure.

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What are the Benefits?

  • Improves abdominal tone.
  • Recontours your hips, flanks, and abdomen.
  • Helps remove excess skin from the abdomen and flanks following significant weight loss after pregnancy or any other condition.
  • Helps improve posture.
  • Enhances your self-confidence with a refined look.

You should discuss your conditions and the benefits of undergoing an Extended tuck before going through with the procedure to see if it is the correct fit for you.

Your Extended Tummy Tuck Journey


Consultation forms the first phase of your Extended Tummy Tuck journey. Here you will have an in-depth discussion with your surgeon about the procedure to see if you meet the criteria to undergo the procedure. Your surgeon will take a detailed medical history and will also ask you about your goals for the procedure. Here it would help if you were honest and reasonable about your expectations. This can help you in getting your desired outcome.

You will be explained the modality of the procedure in full, along with the risks involved. You should be inquisitive as much as possible and ask if you have any queries or doubts.

You will be expected to refrain from using aspirin or other blood-thinning to prevent excessive bruising.

The procedure

This is the second phase of your journey and it is done under general anaesthetic. An incision is made, which extends the span of your abdomen and may reach back up to your hips depending on the amount of excess skin to be removed; skin -flap is then raised; the umbilicus is, however, not raised and left attached to underlying musculature, leaving a circular hole in the flap. The muscles are tightened using sutures, and excess skin is pulled downward and resected; the resection line lies above the circular hole in the flap; after removing it, the skin is then sutured.

Excess skin is removed similarly from the flanks; however, it does not require muscle tightening. It is then sutured, and skin from the back is removed if necessary.

After completion of the procedure and sealing the incision site, the site will be dressed.


Drainage tubes will be placed to prevent fluid accumulation and allow the incisions to heal properly, which will be placed for about a week following surgery. It would be best if you avoid showering or making the area wet for the period.

As the procedure involves a fairly long incision and sizeable physical change, you will be required to stay in the hospital for 24 hours for monitoring purposes.

Mild pain, discomfort, swelling, and bruising are common after the procedure. Still, the majority of swelling should subside after about six weeks. You will be prescribed pain-medications to relieve pain and you will need to wear a compression garment to aid the healing process. It should be worn for about six weeks postoperatively. Prophylactic antibiotics will also be given to prevent infection at the wound site.

You will be able to return to light activity within about two weeks of their surgery. Still, you should always consult with your surgeon before resuming any strenuous physical activity. Complete recovery and the final result can be appreciated after six to twelve months after the surgery.

Surgery Before and After Results

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Extended Tummy Tuck Procedure and Steps

The procedure of Extended Tummy Tuck is done under general anaesthesia with a specialist anaesthetist.

  • The amount of skin to be removed is marked before the operation.
  • An incision is made that spans the entire length of the abdomen. Depending on how much excess skin is present, the incision can extend from the flanks up to the hips.
  • After incising, the abdominal skin is lifted upwards; however, your umbilicus remains attached to the underlying abdominal skin and isn’t lifted. As a result of which a circular hole is created in the lifted flap of skin.
  • Abdominal musculature is then clearly revealed with the attached umbilicus, the exposed muscle layer is tightened using a running suture, and your muscles are brought together into the midline.
  • Excess skin is then pulled downward; the amount of it to be removed is marked. The original hole lifted along with the skin initially lies below this line and gets resected along with the excess skin, and the wound is closed.
  • After removing all excess skin and suturing the incision, the wound site is finally dressed.

Risks and Complications

As is the case with every surgery, an extended tummy tuck also poses a certain number of risks. You must understand these risks and the possible complications associated with them to decide if the surgery is right for you.

You will be thoroughly briefed about the possible complications before undergoing surgery to ensure that you fully understand the potential risks associated.

  • As the operation requires general anaesthesia, complications related to anaesthetics like dizziness and loss of consciousness may occur.
  • Bleeding from the incision site
  • Infection at the incision site
  • Persistent pain
  • Seroma (fluid accumulation)
  • Poor wound healing of the wound site
  • Large visible scarring
  • Skin loss more than anticipated.
  • Changes in skin sensation around the area of surgery.
  • Change in skin colour
  • Recurrent looseness of skin
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Asymmetric skin removal results
  • Possibility of a revision surgery

Seek immediate medical attention if you feel something is not right

It is of paramount importance to undergo the procedure from an experienced cosmetic and plastic surgeon to significantly reduce these risks.

Procedures Associated with Extended Tucks

An extended Tummy Tuck can be done along with other cosmetic and plastic surgical procedures to obtain a more enhanced and satisfying result.

  • Liposuction

It is a minimally invasive surgical procedure in which excess stubborn fat is removed permanently from certain parts of the body. Liposuction done along with an extended tummy tuck is an excellent combination of surgeries to give you a more defined and contoured look. Liposuction complements an extended tummy tuck excellently.

  • Umbiliculoplasty

It is a cosmetic surgical procedure to change how your umbilicus looks; it gives a more attractive look to your belly button; when combined with an extended tummy tuck, it gives an attractive look to your chiseled abdomen following Extended Tummy Tuck. 

Why Choose Dr Patrick Briggs?

Choosing to have plastic surgery or cosmetic surgery procedure done is a big decision, to ensure that you get the results you desire selecting a certified professional with vast experience in the field is of paramount importance.

Dr Patrick Briggs is a highly skilled Specialist Plastic surgeon with over 20 years of experience, he has received training in the USA, England, and Ireland. 

His primary clinic is Melbourne, at Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery. He is an ASPS certified plastic surgeon who performs surgeries with innovative and up-to-date approaches. He is an expert in face, breast, and body surgeries in men and women. He offers high quality and more natural-looking plastic surgery results.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an extended tummy tuck?

An extended tummy tuck is a cosmetic surgical procedure of removing excess skin from your abdomen and extends up to your flanks and posteriorly to hips. It provides a more tightened, attractive, and contoured look to your body.

What is the difference between Abdominoplasty and Extended Tummy tuck?

Abdominoplasty, also called Standard Tummy tuck, is a surgical procedure of removing excess skin from your stomach area following significant weight loss and pregnancy. Scars are comparatively smaller compared to the Extended tummy tuck.

On the other hand, an extended Tummy tuck is a variant of Abdominoplasty; in addition to removing excess sagging skin from the stomach area, the lateral incisions in the Extended tummy tuck are extended to remove excess skin from flanks and hips as well. In general, it is the extension of lateral incision of Abdominoplasty to remove excess skin from your sides and hips.

As the wider incision is required for Extended tummy tuck, post-operative scarring is more. Still, the results are better and encompass a wide range of abdominal region compared to Standard Abdominoplasty.

Does extended tummy tuck involve love handles?

Yes, if you have excess bulging skin in your flanks and back, an extended tummy tuck can be done to correct it and get rid of your love handles.

Will insurance cover for Extended Tummy tuck?

An extended tummy tuck is a cosmetic surgical procedure, generally undertaken without any medical indications; insurance companies usually don’t cover for that. So you are expected to bear all costs of an Extended tummy tuck on your own.

Can an overweight person have the procedure?

You can see an extended tummy tuck’s optimal results if you are close to your ideal weight range. However, you can still have an extended tummy tuck if you are considered overweight and not obese. Your consulting surgeon can give you a better understanding and body contouring options as per your weight and needs.

Is an Extended Tummy Tuck worth it?

Extended Tummy Tuck is a common surgical procedure to remove excess sagging skin from your abdomen, flanks, and hips. It is an excellent way to get your body contoured. If you have image-related issues due to the size of your love handles or excess skin and want to get it removed for a more chiselled and attractive look, Extended tummy tuck is absolutely worth it.

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Dr Patrick Briggs FRCS (Plast) – Specialist Plastic Surgeon in Melbourne

Dr Patrick Briggs offers high quality, natural-looking plastic and cosmetic surgery results and is vastly experienced in BreastBody and Face Surgery having performed over 4500 Surgeries in private practice. 

With worldwide expertise, Dr Patrick Briggs is practising breast, face and body surgery for men and women in Melbourne, VIC.

Next Steps to find a top Plastic Surgeon

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What to Bring to your Plastic Surgery Consultation

  • If you like, please bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices.
  • Take a lot of notes and thoroughly examine the documents your surgeon provides.
  • You may need to undress so it’s a good idea to wear simple clothes.

How to Book your Initial Consultation

  • Dr Briggs Consultation fee is $300.
  • A referral from your GP or your specialist is helpful but not essential.
  • To claim any medicare benefits or Health Insurance for reconstructive plastic surgery you will need a referral.
  • Please contact the Patient Care Team at Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery today to book your consultation.

*Disclaimer: Individual results can vary significantly from patient to patient. The information we provide is general.  For further information on what to expect for your preferred procedures, arrange to see one of our Specialist Plastic Surgeons for a full history and surgical consultation.

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