Loose skin after extended tummy tuck with muscle repair? (Photos)
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You need up and down excision on your tummy.
Loose skin after extended tummy tuck with muscle repair
Excess horizontal skin after a tummy tuck
I agree with the previous reviewers in that it is really too early to tell the final result. You may be pleasantly surprised in 6 months or so. However in many patients, excess skin exists in the horizontal direction (across your abdomen) as well as vertical (Up and down). We do standard tummy tucks because the resulting scar is low (and hides better) and, although a significant compromise, acceptable given the improvement that results. A Fleur-de-lis tummy tuck removes the horizontal excess by making a midline scar (below ribs to pubic area) and can be a very visible permanent scar. In patients with lots of horizontal excess, that is the big compromise they must accept to get improvement. Many patients refuse that procedure because of the scar. Give your surgery time to heal and mature and you may be very happy. If there is still excess skin as you are showing, you can consider completing the Fleur-de-lis procedure but you will have to accept the additional scar. That can be a difficult choice. Best wishes in your recovery.
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