Is this normal following huge weight loss and tummy tuck? (photo)
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After massive weight loss
Is this normal following huge weight loss and tummy tuck?
Kenneth Hughes, MD
Los Angeles, CA
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You Could Benefit from a Vertical Tummy Tuck
In regards to your pictures in history I would recommend further surgery. I would recommend a vertical abdominoplasty. The vertical abdominoplasty or tummy tuck is achieved by making an incision from the bottom of the sternum ( middle of the chest) to the pubic region. I often extend the incision into the pubic region to reduce excess skin and fat in that area also.
The vertical tummy tuck or abdominoplasty pulls skin from the sides of the abdomen together centrally. The horizontal tummy tuck or abdominoplasty which you had, pulls the abdomen down. Often the vertical abdominoplasty is done in conjunction with the horizontal abdominoplasty, resulting in an inverted T abdominoplasty. However, it is not uncommon to delay the vertical incision to see if a patient really needs it. From your pictures, history and present complaints, I believe you have significant excess skin and fat to warrant a vertical incision. I hope this information helps you. Again, congratulations on your massive weight loss and good luck on your weight-loss journey.
Sincerely,J. Timothy Katzen, MD, FACS, FICS
Chief of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery