In an extended abdominoplasty, the incision will generally extend beyond the hip bones to include some of the lower love handle area.  The extended incision will allow more tissue to be removed.  This approach is ideal for heavier patients who require more contouring or massive weight loss patients with significant extra skin.

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EXPECTATIONS

LENGTH

2 - 3 hours

ANESTHESIA

General

IN/OUTPATIENT

Inpatient or outpatient (depending on extent of procedure)

SIDE EFFECTS

Temporary swelling, bruising, and some pain

RISKS

Pain, bleeding, infection, fluid collections, healing problems, and blood clots

RECOVERY

Back to work: 1 - 2 weeks
More strenuous activity: 4 - 6 weeks

FINAL APPEARANCE

3 months

DURATION OF RESULTS

Permanent