The extended tummy tuck
Beyond the mini and extended tummy tucks is the extended tuck which also addresses the hips and sides of the lower back, this is often the preferred tummy tuck post-delivery as part of a mommy makeover or after extensive weight loss.
The procedure is done under general anaesthesia where the surgeon will make an extended incision along the entire length of the abdomen extending around to the back of the hips. Once the muscle is exposed, it will be brought together in the midline and sutured to tighten it. Excess fat and skin is removed, and the belly button repositioned.
Due to the nature of the more extensive surgery, recovery is generally a little longer than that of the standard tummy tuck. Although you may be able to return home shortly after surgery, you will need help, especially in the first few days. Bruising and swelling may take longer to subside, and you may feel quite uncomfortable in the early days, wearing your pressure garment or surgical corset will most certainly help. Providing you are feeling well enough you should be able to return to work within two weeks, with limited activities.
The Fleur-De-Lis tummy tuck
Massive weight loss can be achieved through dieting and lifestyle change, but some people undergo bariatric surgery to lose weight. In this procedure, the stomach is significantly reduced, limiting the ability to overeat. Bariatric surgery entails having a gastric band, gastric balloon or gastric sleeve, which makes the capacity for food minimal; as a result, people who were previously obese often lose massive amounts of weight. The weight loss leaves extremely redundant abdominal skin, which cannot be entirely removed by traditional tummy tucks.
In the Fleur-de-lis tummy tuck, two incisions are made, one horizontal and the other vertical. The extra incision allows the surgeon to tighten the skin from the sides as well top to bottom. As with the standard tummy tuck excess fat and skin is removed and the muscle repaired, drastically improving the look of the abdomen. Recovery for this procedure is more or less the same as for the extended tummy tuck(above).