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Extended abdominoplasty surgery can remove excess skin on the tummy and flanks


Extended abdominoplasty surgery can remove excess skin on the tummy and flanks

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What Is An Extended Tummy Tuck/ Abdominoplasty ?

An extended tummy tuck, also known as extensive abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic plastic surgery done to reshape and recontour your entire stomach in addition to the flank area between your waist and hip. It’s one of the more extensive types of tummy tuck/ abdominoplasty surgeries.

An extended tummy tuck/ abdominoplasty targets excess skin and fat folds and weak abdominal muscles. Dr Hunt regularly performs complex abdominoplasty procedures such as belt lipectomy, extended abdominoplasty or fleur de lis abdominoplasty (FDL).

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Do I need Extended Abdominoplasty or Traditional Abdominoplasty?

An extended abdominoplasty is very similar to a traditional abdominoplasty. The main difference is that a regular tummy tuck/ abdominoplasty will not address the fat and skin excess on the hips, whereas an extended tummy tuck/ abdominoplasty will.

However, unlike a standard tummy tuck/ abdominoplasty, an extended abdominoplasty:

  • Involves an extended incision to allow more tissue to be removed from the sides
  • Removes more skin and fat compared to a regular abdominoplasty
  • Addresses the hips and flanks not just the tummy

Candidates for An Extended Tummy Tuck/ Abdominoplasty?

An extended tummy tuck/ abdominoplasty procedure can be a good option for people who have lost a massive amount of weight but are left with excess skin on the tummy and flanks.

This comprehensive procedure is recommended for patients who:

  • Are in good health and emotional condition
  • Don’t smoke
  • Are close to their ideal weight


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Benefits of Extended Tummy Tuck/ Abdominoplasty

An extended tummy tuck/ abdominoplasty procedure can offer the following advantages:

  • More extensive contouring of the tummy and flanks
  • Tightening of the abdominal muscles
  • Correction of diastasis recti

You may be eligible for a Medicare Item Number – 30175 or 30177 (See Below)

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How Is Extended Tummy Tuck/ Abdominoplasty Performed?

An extended abdominoplasty surgery is usually performed under general anaesthesia (GA) so you wouldn’t feel any pain during your surgery. During the procedure:

  • Dr Hunt will make a horizontal incision along your bikini line. This extended incision allows him to remove tissue from the abdominal area and flanks
  • After this, Dr Hunt will detach the skin and fat from the abdominal muscles
  • The right and left abdominal muscles are brought together and sutured
  • Once the muscles are strengthened, the skin is redrapped on the abdominal contour and the excess is eliminated
  • Another incision is used to reposition the belly button
  • The incisions are sutured and bandages are applied

After your surgery, the wounds will be covered with wound dressing and you will be transferred to the recovery room.


Recovery after Extended Tummy Tuck

Each patient experiences a different recovery after their abdominoplasty depending on the age, weight, overall health, and the amount of tissue removed. Nevertheless, during your recovery from an extended abdominoplasty, you can expect the following:

  • You might be asked to stay for a night or two at the hospital for observation after an extended tummy tuck/ abdominoplasty surgery
  • You will have drains in the tummy area for a day or two, to help remove any fluid
  • You will need to wear compression garments for 2 to 6 weeks to minimise swelling
  • You can usually return to your normal activities, like working and driving, within 2 weeks following your tummy tuck/ abdominoplasty
  • You can usually go back to exercising, including heavy lifting, about 6 to 8 weeks after your extended tummy tuck/ abdominoplasty surgery
  • You will need to attend follow-up consultations with Dr Hunt

Extended Tummy Tuck/ Abdominoplasty Cost Sydney - How much does an extended abdominoplasty cost Australia NSW? Prices & Fees

The cost of an Extended Tummy Tuck or Abdominoplasty surgery in Sydney, Australia, varies for each patient depending different factors. Your tummy surgery total cost will include surgeon’s fee, anaesthetist fee and hospital fees, among others.

In some cases, some of the costs associated with an extended tummy tuck/ abdominoplasty are covered by Medicare & your health insurance (Item Number 30177 or 30175). The best way to determine your extended tummy tuck/ abdominoplasty cost is to schedule a consultation with Dr Hunt.

You can also learn more about possible Medicare coverage, a tummy tuck/ abdominoplasty Payment Plan, or the costs for extended abdominoplasty surgery on our Surgical Costs page.

Take the next step today

With over 20 years of experience as a plastic surgeon, Dr Jeremy Hunt aims to help patients achieve their goals using different surgical techniques.

Dr Hunt prides himself on the level of care which he offers every patient and that begins from the day of first consultation.

At your patient consultation, Dr Hunt will perform a comprehensive assessment, review your medical history, discuss any concerns & risks and provide you with an accurate cost for your extended tummy procedure as part of the informed consent process. You will also see Before and After Images of past patients.

Join the thousands of past patients today by booking a consultation with Dr Hunt at your earliest convenience.

Next Step – Fill in the Enquiry form or call Dr Hunt’s Team on 1300 157 200 .


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Extended Tummy Tuck/ Abdominoplasty FAQs - Your Questions Answered

How long will I be out of work after an extended abdominoplasty?


This will depend on how much physical effort is involved in the work you do. If you have an office or desk job, you’ll probably be able to get back into work a couple of weeks following your abdominoplasty. If you have a more physically demanding job, you may need 6 to 8 weeks to be able to resume work after your tummy surgery.

How should I sleep after an extensive abdominoplasty?


The best sleeping position after any tummy tuck/ abdominoplasty surgery is on your back with a pillow under your upper body and your knees bent.

How long does it take for a tummy tuck/ abdominoplasty scar to flatten and mature?


The scar from your tummy tuck/ abdominoplasty surgery will gradually heal over the months after your surgery. It can take between 6 months to a year before the scar matures. Scar Minimisation treatments can also help.

How much weight do you lose with an extended tummy tuck/ abdominoplasty?


A tummy tuck/ abdominoplasty is not a weight-loss surgery. It can help you get a better definition of your abdominal area. Nonetheless, the excess skin and fat removed during an extended abdominoplasty can weight between 2 to 5 kg.

What are the potential risks and complications of the extended abdominoplasty?


Just like any other surgical procedure, the extended tummy tuck/ abdominoplasty is associated with potential risks and complications. During your postoperative recovery from an extensive abdominoplasty, you can expect the following side effects:

  • Pain after your tummy tuck/ abdominoplasty is usually at its peak during the first week following your surgery. Then, it will gradually subside over the following 2 weeks after your tummy tuck/ abdominoplasty surgery. Pain after the surgery usually can be well managed with over-the-counter pain killers
  • Swelling at the level of the tummy is common after any abdominoplasty. Most of the swelling usually subsides within 4 to 6 weeks after your tummy tuck/ abdominoplasty. After that, some residual tummy swelling could take a few more months to resolve
  • Bruises on your stomach or hips will look purple during the first week after your abdominoplasty. Over the next 2 weeks, the intensity of the bruising will decrease and their colour will fade into yellow and then completely disappear.

Just like a traditional tummy tuck, extended abdominoplasty is associated with potential complications including:

  • Seroma (fluid build-up under the skin): accumulated fluid in the belly after a tummy tuck/ abdominoplasty can be avoided using drain tubes
  • Hematoma (blood collection under the skin)
  • Skin numbness: after your tummy tuck/ abdominoplasty, you might experience some numbness or loss of sensation in your skin, especially near the incision site. However, this usually lasts only a few weeks
  • Infection: redness and swelling around your incisions accompanied by chills or fever could indicate a post-surgical infection. Make sure you inform Dr Hunt of any postoperative infection signs you might be experiencing
  • Skin necrosis:

Can Extended Abdominoplasty Be Combined With Other Procedures?


An extended tummy tuck/ abdominoplasty is often combined with liposuction. Breast augmentation, breast reduction, or breast lift surgery can also be combined with an extended abdominoplasty as a part of a post pregnancy surgery.

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About Dr Jeremy Hunt

Dr Hunt has worked with thousands of patients across his 20-year career. This is reflected in his role as Spokesperson for the ASPS – Australian Society of Plastic Surgery. Dr Hunt is also a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) and Supervisor of Plastic Surgery Training at Sydney Children’s Hospital.

Dr Hunt has a strong interest in helping his patients achieve their desired results by employing the most appropriate practices for each individual patient.