I had a tummy tuck with muscle repair in April of this year. I was fairly thin to begin with, and I had a six-pack, although it was a little obscured by fat. It has been over 7 months since the procedure, and I'm not seeing the return of my abdominal muscle definition. Will it come back? Also, I have a strange fatty area over my left ribs (and a little bit on my right). What could have caused this? Could it be swelling? Would lipo work on this area?
Post tummy tuck fat deposits over ribs? (photo)
Doctor Answers 4
Post op results
The fat you see over your ribs was likely there before but has just been pulled down more. Lipo would address these areas if desired but I would wait 6 months post-op from your TT.
Dr. Kimberly Henry
Thank you for your question! Lipo would probably work on that area, but I would have to see you in person. If it is indeed fat that is over your ribs, and not swelling or something else, then yes, liposuction would get rid of the fat that is over your ribs.
Fat removal from the suucostal margin.
Thanks for the question. It is certainly possible, and very likely, to have fat along the sub costal margins of the abdomen. This will not. E treated during the tummy tuck procedure. This should be treated after the procedure, however, as long as you are 6 months or longer after the abdominoplasty. Talk to your local Plastic Surgeon about this.
Good luck to you.
Frank Rieger M.D. Tampa Plastic Surgeon