Revision Needed After Mini Tummy Tuck


After three babies in less than two years (single...

After three babies in less than two years (single plus twins) my tummy had a pouchy look below my belly button. I also have lots of stretch marks. I opted for a mini as I didn't want a new belly button and long scar.

My tummy was FLAT after the surgery but I developed a seroma on the lower right hand side. This was drained every other day for three weeks till it subsided. After each draining my tummy was super flat! But as the months have progressed I have developed a little pouch where the seroma was. It looks and feels like fat to me but my PS says it's not and may be scar tissue from the seroma. He wants to do a revision in his rooms. He says he will given me dormicam and cut on the scar to pull it a bit tighter.

My tummy skin still looks a bit loose. But I don't think this will address the pouchy fat bit (as seen in photo). Wonder if he can re lipo it or if that's dangerous (already lipod area and revision will not be under general anaesthetic)? Also worried will develop another seroma?

He says in hind sight we should have done a full tt. I just cant understand the good result after surgery and the gradual slide back to pouchiness ;( I have not put on weight since mini tt and am fairly slim.

I had a breast reduction at the same time. LOVE my new breasts but tummy not as good as expected. Perhaps a full tt would have been better?


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Hi Charlotte, my PS said to wait a year to see the full result and that's normally when he would consider a revision. He did mine after 7 months though. Wishing you all the best. I am now coming up for two years since my mini tt & am still really flat & happy ;)
Good luck!
Nixx
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I am so thankful I have found this. Unlike you I had a full tummy tuck and immediately after waking from surgery I had this fat pouch. So my stomach has never been flat. At first I thought it was swelling, and then after removing the drains I developed a seroma so blamed it on that... I am still burning off the seroma but after seeing another PS he says it looks like there may be some residual fat and loose skin. While I can't say that my tummy was every flat... it looks exactly as the picture you posted and feels just as you described. I thought I was going to need to get an additional mini tummy tuck. My mons area also looks like it needs to be lifted as well. Hopefully I can have a similar in office procedure and achieve the same results as you! Thank you for posting!
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I forgot to ask... how long before you could do the in office revision?
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Hey Jo, Will pm you in a minute. Hope you had a good trip to the UK. You know, no one understands an "issue" you may have with your body unless they have it too. So in your husband's eyes...you look great! Theres a vast improvement and he loves you, so to him its not a big deal. But you know that having a small revision and pulling you tighter will make a BIG difference to the way you look & feel! I just added a pic taken for my personal trainer...in my bikini. For once I feel good in a costume! My breast reduction did wonders for my self confidence. I have a few friends who've had BA's and they are so happy. It is costly though but something to work towards maybe? Take care and chat again xx
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Hi NIXX, Just before I left the website,I thought Id look at your pics,looking good I must say!!!Revision work has really made a difference!Also I cant wait until I can afford to have a BA!!Fab pics!! xxx
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Hi Girls,sorry not replied sooner,just got back from a visit to see family and friends in the uk......didnt win the lottery :O(!lol Sorry to hear your going through the same thing mamaggs,know just how your feeling!Hope the revision goes well for you!Ive come back from the uk with swelling from hell,part IBS,eating junk food and tummy tuck swelling.Had lymphatic drainage massage which was nice but havent been massaging it as well as I usually do because Ive been bedding down at friends.Looking forward to getting back into my healthy regime.Ive finally announced to my partner that Im only 90% happy and explained why,he huffed abit and said why cant I just be content with whats been done.While I was over in the uk ,one morning I showered and stood in front of my partner and showed him everything and how good it could look by pulling it alittle,I kinda think he does understand but on the other hand he loves me as I am,if I do pull it back alittle you can hardly see any stretch marks.My friend over there has had her tummy done and she said hers was very like mine,we both got the tummys out and hers if taunt,so I now know Im not imagining things and the lump under my scar is still there and goes quite far along as my GP checked it for me!Found myself having a cry over there! All that yet I have bought 2 pairs of 26 waist jeans and they fit fine(well maybe not today) lol !So because I see a difference in clothes I just keep telling myself to be patient and that it will get sorted eventually. Nixx ,yeh pm me if you would still like to see pics and i will give you my email address. Take care ladies xxx
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Woohoo! Just added more photos. They're being moderated but should appear soon....
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U LOOK AMAZING NOW. i have to wait til summer ends and then see dr baxt and my bf tells me i shuldnt do the revision but im not 100% happy and i will see wut he says he plans to do to make me even better. ive done about 5 lymph sessions too.
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Hey Jo! Sorry you have to wait to see your PS. I was also worried that in trying to "fix" it, it might be worse. Thats always a risk you take. I'm going to try add some more pics now but if I don't manage I'll send you a PM. Would like to see your pics too... Mamaags - sorry you're having the same problems. I know a mini tt does not yield the same result as a full tt and often the PS can't pull too much skin without making a large incision. So you trade off a smaller incision for a smaller tuck (less skin removed). Mine looked flat and awesome right after surgery but then gradually started looking pouchy and wrinkly (may have been due to the seroma). As you can see from my pic above I had a little pouch after a few months. I am soooo happy with my revision. It was really a minor procedure and my PS removed another 1-2cm or so of skin and pulled me tighter, whilst removing the scar tissue from the seroma. I still have stretch marks but because my tummy is tighter they are much less noticeable. I must also say that I excercised quite a bit after my mini tt. Doing lots of sit ups so my stomach muscles were strong. I also stopped eating chocolate, cakes and junk food so I was at my best before the revision. I have lost 7kg (think thats about 15 pounds?) since my mini tt and am so happy with my slimmer body. Even with the weight loss and exercise I still needed the revision! I'm going to try post quite a few pics so you can see my results All the best to both of you PS Buy a lottery ticket :) Nixx x
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hi again. i saw my PS lastnite and he agreed i need revision i have same exact thing as u do. he said it was muscle bulge. i have to wait til the fall now after summer to do this revision. he said my belly was a puzzle and then told me that my lax skin was aging skin. im frigen 38 yrs old im not old yet so i dont know why that was said to me. i had only 2 kids also. well at least i can look forward to a revision then but i thought i wouldnt have to do this again unreal... i dont think i will be charged i hope not i paid over 9grand already on this. im really bummed out today as this really wasnt expected. i was told nothing is perfect but id have a pancake flat belly after a tt. guess not. the lumpy mess on top now went to the lower half.
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hi ladies. i too had a mini tt w MR 10 wks ago and i now see wrinkling of the skin and when i was leaning over in bed this wkend i saw that jiggly mess that i had pre surgery. im really unhappy over this as i felt over 10 wks this was swelling but realize now its not its skin and jello like and i need to tell my dr this later wheni see him tonite after wrk. he told me he pulled me down sooo tite but im still guessing he maybe didnt. ppl say give it more time but a mini tt isnt as major and i would think the skin would be gone fully on. i paid so much money on this and waited so long and now im not fully happy
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Hi There, Wow good for you,so glad you have got it sorted out and that your now happy with the results, and it gives me hope too,Im waiting for the right moment to tell my partner Im not 100% happy with the results,as it would be nice to have his support. I still have had no reply from my PS regarding the latest pics I sent him(showing the wrinkle),which concerns me alittle.The most worrying is ,although I know hes done a pretty good job and hes a good surgeon,afew months after my operation I started going on a female website and there I found a link showing my surgeon in the uk newspaper,he had had to pay a big lump sum for a bodged BA,so makes me alittle nervous of him correcting anything(plus I see him in london,only in an office though,I had op done in Paris,so worried about all the costs it might entail).So I keep thinking to myself ,go for the check-up see what my PS says and then maybe think about seeing someone else regarding a BA and ask them if they could do anything for the tummy while under having BA(oh the things we put ourselves through)I have my heart set on a surgeon I want to go with now after reading alot about him,also I need to rob a bank haha! I keep looking at my tummy and thinking it needs lipo under there,having a mini tuck I have one straight scar I keep thinking if maybe it could be cut upwards at the ends of the scar like a full tuck and lipo done and then stretched it would be great but Im probably wrong!Today while I exercised I took some pictures ,looks great laid down,thats how I want it to look stood up!:O( Ill look out for your pictures,Im going to try and put some on here,new to this website. Ill let you know if I get anything sorted,once again well done on getting yours fixed!! Jo x
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Hi Jo, I had a revision last week Wednesday! My PS had me try endothermy to try tighten the loose skin but it didn't work. I was really unhappy with the loose wrinkly looking skin and the little lump! He admitted he could have tightened me more & was happy to do the revision. It was done under conscious sedation in about an hour in his rooms. I was awake and happy and remember some stuff but it was not traumatic in the slightest! He cut along the same scar, removed a huge lump of scar tissue (that was from the seroma) and cut out some more skin to pull me tighter. He thought he might hve to lipo but said once he was in there wasn't fat, just the scar tissue. The tightening has made a world of difference!!! My tummy is FLAT and the wrinkly look GONE! the lump is gone too and I think it looks fab. Am absolutely thrilled with the revision (he's only charging for materials used). I was sore for 3 days but nothing like the actual mini tt. If I were you I'd insist on a revision! You waited a long time & paid a lot of money for this and if you're not thrilled with the result, he needs to fix it. I'll try post a new pic. I'm slightly swolen around cut but am really really happy. All the best, fight for that revision & let mw know....
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Hi There, Well third time lucky with my messages,I was having problems posting them! Anyway lovely to hear from you,so glad you have got it sorted and that your now happy with your results,gives me hope too that something can be done! Im trying to find the right time to speak with my partner,on telling him Im not 100% happy ,as having his support would be nice. I still havent heard from my PS regarding the latest pics I emailed him,which is a concern,also I will go and see him and see what he suggests but I see him in London,office only and I had op done in Paris,so worrying about what costs there maybe.Im not working at present and we only just scraped the money up to have my op done ,although it should have been used for something else my unhappiness was getting too much! Im also concerned that the surgeon I went with was in the uk newspaper afew months after my operation,this was regarding a lump sum he had to pay out for a bodged Boob job 10 years ago,he did the operation,there were problems and he tried to correct it and it was made worse,so although hes a good surgeon and Im happy with my op(apart from the wobble return)Im alittle cautious about letting him do anything to me! Im definately going to go and see him and see what he suggests but Im also wondering if I should see someone else,a surgeon I have read alot about from a uk female website called sofeminine.co.uk and go for a BA consultation and ask if theres anything he can do while Im under ,I also need to rob a bank haha!!In the meantime I will try and stick to my exercising and healthy eating to keep myself focused and not let it get me down too much! Thanks for telling me your story ,I feel positive now that there maybe something that can be done ,which isnt as bad as having another tuck.Ill definately let you know how it goes,although Im not seeing surgeon for afew months yet!:O( I have tried to put pics on here but I cant seem to fatham it out,if you would like to see them ,if you can send me a private message on here I can give you my email address,Im new to this site and not fiding my way very well!! Take care Jo x
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Hi There, From reading your post it sounds very much like what Im going through.I had my mini tuck done july 09 and I still continue to swell,mostly on the left side.I couldnt make my appointment to see my surgeon at christmas( 6 months post op),as I live abroad ,I can only get to see him this June and Im going out my mind,he has emailed my querys and said it just sounds like I need lymphatic drainage massage(I havent had any draining done as havent had it confirmed the swelling is seroma).The annoying thing now is,at the beginning everything was very swollen but very taunt and I was thrilled,now the swellings going down ,im seeing theres some 'jelly belly' still there,when I lean over its wrinkly and I feel totally gutted but dont feel I can talk to my partner or friends about it ,as they will just think im being fussy!I have emailed the surgeon my latest pics of this wrinkle horror but he seems to have gone very quiet.I cant understand it,im slim also and have been very careful to eat healthy,drink plenty of water,massage,exercise!19 years I waited for this and Im still unhappy! Did you manage to sort anything out with your tummy?? I would love to hear from you! Regards Jo
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