WHEN TO CONSIDER TUMMY TUCK REVISION SURGERY

WHEN TO CONSIDER TUMMY TUCK REVISION SURGERY

Tummy tuck surgery tends to be one of the most satisfying procedures in all of cosmetic surgery, because it has such a transformative effect. However, there are still some cases in which patients are not satisfied with their outcomes. I often treat patients who have gotten a tummy tuck elsewhere and who come to my Ft. Lauderdale practice to find out whether they need a revision procedure. If you’re thinking about tummy tuck revision, here are a few guidelines I give my patients.

 FIRST, WAIT IT OUT

The day-to-day recovery process from any surgical procedure can sometimes feel like a series of “2 steps forward, 1 step back.” In other words, progress can be slow as swelling and redness subside and scars begin to fade. In many cases, what seems like a negative result from surgery may simply be the body going through its natural healing process. Before making any final judgments on the results of your tummy tuck surgery, wait at least 1 year.

In the event of a major postoperative deformity, however, you can shorten that wait time to a minimum of 6 months, in order to give the body sufficient time to recuperate before a second surgery.

WHAT’S LEFT: FAT OR SKIN?

If, after waiting, you remain dissatisfied with your results, then it’s time to examine why. Some common reasons for a tummy tuck revision include inadequate skin or tissue removal, residual fat deposits, or fatty bulges that develop in the midsection. I can excise remaining skin, and I can perform liposuction during tummy tuck revision to safeguard against the recurrence of unwanted fat. Some patients may need liposuction alone. Determining what is causing the contour issues is important for finding the right solution.

For the kind of results you’ll find in these tummy tuck before-and-after photos, our Ft. Lauderdale patients typically undergo liposuction in conjunction with tummy tuck to properly shape the flanks and upper abdomen. It leads to a smoother, more even distribution of fat. And in the case of a more extensive, circumferential abdominoplasty, liposuction in the torso, flanks, and upper back are essential for a beautiful result.

BELLY BUTTON DISTORTION

Patients often consider tummy tuck revision when the umbilicus, or belly button, heals in an unnatural-looking way. In some cases, it becomes very small after surgery; other patients report an elongated slit or a stretched-out look.

The belly button can be reshaped through tummy tuck revision — however, sometimes it can be addressed on its own through umbilicoplasty, or belly button revision surgery. If the look of the belly button is the only aspect of your results that you’re unhappy with, you may want to consider umbilicoplasty instead, as it’s a much simpler procedure with a much quicker recovery time.

To learn more about tummy tuck revision, I invite you to check out my RealSelf profile. I have answered many questions on the topic on this popular plastic surgery forum.

Tummy tuck surgery tends to be one of the most satisfying procedures in all of cosmetic surgery, because it has such a transformative effect. However, there are still some cases in which patients are not satisfied with their outcomes. I often treat patients who have gotten a tummy tuck elsewhere and who come to my Ft. Lauderdale practice to find out whether they need a revision procedure. If you’re thinking about tummy tuck revision, here are a few guidelines I give my patients.

 FIRST, WAIT IT OUT

The day-to-day recovery process from any surgical procedure can sometimes feel like a series of “2 steps forward, 1 step back.” In other words, progress can be slow as swelling and redness subside and scars begin to fade. In many cases, what seems like a negative result from surgery may simply be the body going through its natural healing process. Before making any final judgments on the results of your tummy tuck surgery, wait at least 1 year.

In the event of a major postoperative deformity, however, you can shorten that wait time to a minimum of 6 months, in order to give the body sufficient time to recuperate before a second surgery.

WHAT’S LEFT: FAT OR SKIN?

If, after waiting, you remain dissatisfied with your results, then it’s time to examine why. Some common reasons for a tummy tuck revision include inadequate skin or tissue removal, residual fat deposits, or fatty bulges that develop in the midsection. I can excise remaining skin, and I can perform liposuction during tummy tuck revision to safeguard against the recurrence of unwanted fat. Some patients may need liposuction alone. Determining what is causing the contour issues is important for finding the right solution.

For the kind of results you’ll find in these tummy tuck before-and-after photos, our Ft. Lauderdale patients typically undergo liposuction in conjunction with tummy tuck to properly shape the flanks and upper abdomen. It leads to a smoother, more even distribution of fat. And in the case of a more extensive, circumferential abdominoplasty, liposuction in the torso, flanks, and upper back are essential for a beautiful result.

BELLY BUTTON DISTORTION

Patients often consider tummy tuck revision when the umbilicus, or belly button, heals in an unnatural-looking way. In some cases, it becomes very small after surgery; other patients report an elongated slit or a stretched-out look.

The belly button can be reshaped through tummy tuck revision — however, sometimes it can be addressed on its own through umbilicoplasty, or belly button revision surgery. If the look of the belly button is the only aspect of your results that you’re unhappy with, you may want to consider umbilicoplasty instead, as it’s a much simpler procedure with a much quicker recovery time.

To learn more about tummy tuck revision, I invite you to check out my RealSelf profile. I have answered many questions on the topic on this popular plastic surgery forum.