Also known as abdominoplasty revision, tummy tuck revision is a surgical treatment intended to improve the unsatisfactory results of a previous abdominoplasty, resolve concerns related to unexpected healing that occurred, and/or restore the outcome of a previous tummy tuck that has been affected by pregnancy or significant changes in weight. Some of the most common issues that can be corrected with tummy tuck revision include:
- Unsightly Scarring – Unsightly scarring from a previous abdominoplasty can generally be improved by excising the scar and re-sewing the wound. Many surgeons use silicone sheeting to help flatten and smoothen scars after the sutures are removed. To optimize the new scar’s final appearance, Fraxel® laser resurfacing may also be employed help “blend” the scar tissue with adjacent skin, thereby making it less noticeable.
- An Undesirable Scar Location – When a tummy tuck scar is located too high, it can be lowered to a more desirable and less conspicuous position with abdominoplasty revision. To do this, an incision is made just above the current scar, and a tissue expander is used to stretch the skin above the original scar. Once in place, any skin that is overlapped can be removed, and the wound is closed at its new, lower location.
- Unnatural-Looking Belly Button Size and Position – When the size or location of the belly button looks disproportionate or unnatural following tummy tuck surgery, there are a few techniques that can be used to achieve a more acceptable appearance. Regardless of which approach is utilized, great care is taken to ensure the new belly button looks much more natural with as minimal scarring as possible.
- A Recurrence of Previous Aesthetic Issues – Pregnancy and/or dramatic weight fluctuations following abdominoplasty can often lead to the recurrence of issues such as excess skin, a buildup of fatty tissue, new stretch marks, and lax abdominal musculature. Fortunately, these concerns can be addressed with tummy tuck revision to help restore a slimmer, tightened midsection.
Ultimately, these are a few of several issues that can be corrected with abdominoplasty revision. If you are experiencing any of the conditions above, or if you have other concerns related to a prior tummy tuck, my advice is to seek the expertise of a board-certified plastic surgeon who has extensive experience in resolving unsatisfactory abdominoplasty results. Tummy tuck revision is typically regarded as a much more complicated procedure than primary abdominoplasty, and a board-certified plastic surgeon who has a history of success in correcting complications related to previous abdominoplasties should be able to help you achieve your goals in the safest, most effective manner possible.
– Dr. Enrique A. Silberblatt, Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon