What is an Extended Tummy Tuck?


An extended tummy tuck procedure is also known as a circumferential abdominoplasty and aims to improve the belly’s contour, love handles, and hips. Rather than making an incision from hip to hip, the extended incision is made from the hips to the back. Extended tummy tucks are popular with patients looking to redefine their abdomen, hip, flank, and back after substantial weight loss.

Dr. Arroyo’s Surgical Approach

During an extended tummy tuck at his Houston surgical center, Dr. Arroyo will create a lateral incision across the lower belly, as well as a vertical incision via the belly button. Excess tissue will be removed, and weak muscles tightened. Dr. Arroyo will also use liposuction to remove excess fat from the flank and hip regions. Once the procedure is complete, incision sites will be closed, and bandages applied. 

The Sedation Process

For sedation during an extended tummy tuck, Dr. Arroyo uses the Total Intravenous Anesthesia (TIVA) Sedation method. This safer technique allows the patient to breathe independently without any intubation during surgery. TIVA’s other benefits include fewer intravenous medications and no side effects commonly associated with general anesthesia, including nausea and vomiting. The TIVA method begins with an oral medication before surgery to ease nerves and pain, and once in the operating room, an IV to start sedation. The patient is closely monitored by Dr. Arroyo’s surgical staff, with their safety being the highest priority.

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Recovery After Extended Tummy Tuck Procedure

The recovery after an extended tummy tuck will vary from one patient to another. Immediately following the procedure, Dr. Arroyo will apply a compression garment to help aid the healing process. Patients are encouraged to rest during the first 48 hours but can move around to promote blood circulation.

It is not uncommon to experience bruising, swelling, and abdominal numbness over the first few days following this surgery. Dr. Arroyo will provide pain medication to increase your comfort level. The majority of patients can resume work after 2-3 weeks. However, it may take up to 6 weeks before you are allowed to continue exercise and total activity.

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Extended Tummy Tuck FAQs 

Who is an ideal candidate for an extended tummy tuck?

How much does an extended tummy tuck cost?

How visible will scars be?

Who is an ideal candidate for an extended tummy tuck?

The ideal candidate for this procedure would be someone who has recently lost a substantial amount of weight and is in good overall physical and mental health.

How much does an extended tummy tuck cost?

Dr. Arroyo will determine costs for an extended tummy tuck at your consultation. There are several factors involved in determining the price, including the extent of the surgery required. During your consultation, Dr. Arroyo’s staff will provide a cost estimate to help you arrange financing. Contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Arroyo.

How visible will scars be?

Dr. Arroyo will use his surgical expertise to place scars as out of sight as possible. Using advanced surgical techniques, he can place incisions in more discreet locations and offer follow-up care to assist with fading and healing scars.

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