After a mini tummy tuck if I still feel unhappy, can I go back for my upper abs and skin removal above the belly button?
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The lumpiness, swelling, itching and hardness after a surgery like you had typically persists at least 8 weeks after the surgery then slowly goes away. In my experience, daily massage of the hard areas makes the biggest difference in getting rid of it sooner rather than later. It can easily take 6 months or more to see results. Your tummy tuck scars will usually flatten and fade between 9-12 months but can sometimes take closer to 18 months. Scar fading depends on your genetics. Be sure to keep any scheduled follow up appointments you have with your surgeons for his evaluation and advice. Hope this helps.
Dean Vistnes, M.D. Vistnes Plastic Surgery San Francisco Bay Area
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Upper Abdomen following mini TT
I am sorry that you feel unhappy about your situation. Perhaps first give yourself time to heal, up to 6 months. If you're still unhappy talk with your surgeon. Without a photo I don't feel like I can give you an educated opinion except that the mini TT would not have planned to improve above the belly button. Depending on your discussions in consultation and your desired outcome it's worth talking about again with your surgeon. Hope that helps.
Thank you for your question. If you want to attend more the muscles and tightness it is always better to do a full Tummy tuck. Best of luck
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That is a valid concern, however you have to give your body time to heal and even out before judging the final result. It can take weeks even months for your body to finish healing. I always advise patients that YOUR tummy "decides" which type of abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) needs to be done to achieve the prettiest result. It's important to know which type will accomplish what! Follow up with your surgeon and discuss your concerns. Best Wishes!
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