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Indianapolis Extended Tummy Tuck FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

The upper thigh and back skin do appear to benefit, although the amount varies with each patient.

The difference is about the “love handle”, hip and buttock area. An extended tummy tuck helps these areas too,while a standard tummy tuck does not. So, your choice would be based on the problem areas you’d like to address with this cosmetic surgery.

Smoking inhibits skin circulation and wound healing. It also makes anesthesia more risky. We will be glad to help you quit smoking before surgery. You must stop nicotine 8 weeks prior to surgery.
In terms of pain you will notice significant relief within days. In terms of being able to exercise, you will want to wait at least 2-weeks before resuming light exercises. In terms of scar maturation, you will see steady improvement month by month.
Because of the muscle tightening involved in extended tummy tuck surgery, you may see improvement in your posture. Tightening the tummy muscles frequently reduces the hip tilt to a more normal position, and by default, improves one´s posture.
During surgery we use special leg compression devices to help prevent this process called deep venous thrombosis. After surgery anticoagulant medicines (eg. Heparin, Lovenox, or Arixtra) may be used also . The most important thing you can do is to maintain activity levels and avoid any cigarette smoking ornicotine products.
While there is some swelling down low near the pubic area, it is still a wonderful improvement compared to before surgery. Some swelling could last up to 9 months, although most leaves by 4 months.
Any scar is permanent but fade gradually over the next 6 months to a year. Scars following extended tummy tuck surgery are usually placed in an area where they can be hidden under clothing.

It lasts the rest of your life if you care for yourself and maintain a healthy lifestyle and weight.

Yes, Dr. Aker is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery.

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