I have two young children, they are 17 months apart. I am 6 weeks post pregnancy and have 29 pounds to lose. I had a tummy tuck without muscle tightening 10 years ago. I now desire to have a full tummy tuck but I am not sure what I can expect. The skin below my old scar is very stretchy but the skin above my old scar has fat under it so I cannot tell how "loose" it truly is. However, it is quite a bit looser than it was before my 2 back to back pregnancies. Thank you for your advice/time.
2nd Tummy Tuck After 2 Children. Can I Expect a Lower Scar and Can the New Stretchmarks Be Removed or Just Stretched? (photo)
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Repeat Tummy Tuck
You are a good candidate for scar revision, liposuction of the hips, flanks, and abdomen as well as a second tummy tuck to repair your muscles and remove excess skin. In this process, the indentation of the scar should be improved, the scar could be lowered some and your abdominal contour improved. An in-person consultation would be required to formulate the specific operative plan and to answer your specific questions. Consult with a surgeon certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery and a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery to acquire the detailed information that you need to make an informed decision.
2nd Tummy Tuck after 2 children
You are a good candidate for a second TT. , it has passed a long time and gaining weight , the pregnancy and and the years after surgery gives you some advantages to think in another Tummy tuck ., OF course it should be combined with a liposuction of lower and middle back , to reshape your waist line and make your body more curved , of course this new time you should make the muscle tightening (plicature) because it gets loose , and will give the surgeon laxity to the skin wich is going to be excised . It is going to be a lot of improve in your whole body with this 2 procedures . IF YOU Are an smoker remember to stop at least 2 0r 3 months before your planning to have your surgery , and of course choose a certified plastic surgeon
Revision of an abdominoplasty
You may benefit from liposuction of the trunk including the posterior hips and flanks and a lowering of the incision. If there is laxity of the anterior abdominal wall this can be improved by raising the skin flap and repairing the muscle. You do not appear to need a lot of skin excision to get the result that you desire.
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2nd Tummy Tuck After 2 Children. Can I Expect a Lower Scar and Can the New Stretchmarks Be Removed or Just Stretched?
I think that the scar can be lowered and the result improved. The plication of the muscles should create more effective skin laxity as well as the weight loss. Find a plastic surgeon with ELITE credentials who performs hundreds of tummy tucks and tummy tuck revisions each year. Then look at the plastic surgeon's website before and after photo galleries to get a sense of who can deliver the results. Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA
2nd Tummy Tuck
I think that you could have your old scar lowered but you might end up with a short vertical scar from closure of you belly button. There might be other options like a modified tummy tuck - where you could have aggressive liposuction, even muscle tightening and lowering your old scar without moving your belly button. It really depends on the quality of the skin above your belly button. This can only be determined during an examination. Good luck.
Can I Expect a Lower Scar and Can the New Stretchmarks Be Removed
These questions will be much better answered after some more time passes and when you are closer to your desired weight. I am quite certain you can have a lower incision. As to how the TT will be carried out, and how much skin will come out this time, it is too early to tell. At any rate, photos alone will not be enough--your answer will come after an in person consultation and examination.
Thanks for this question, all the best.
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