Would a Second Mini Tummy Tuck Help with Loose Skin on Upper Stomach?

I had a mini tummy tuck 8 years ago. My upper stomach has lose skin. There is a bump or bulge around my belly button. Can a 2nd mini tuck with releasing the belly button and moving it down be done? Would that tighen the skin above the belly button?

Doctor Answers 7

Loose skin after Mini Tummy Tuck

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Thank you for your question.

Without examination it is difficult to give you accurate advice but most likely you will need a full tummy tuck to address the excess skin above the belly button area.

I hope this helps.


Revision tummy tuck for loose skin in the upper stomach

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A mini tummy tuck is a safe and effective procedure that can create a more contoured abdomen, a tight waist and a beautiful figure.

In our Miami practice, we perform tummy tucks on patients of all shapes sizes, including patients who have previously received a tummy tuck. If the patient has lose skin in the upper abdomen, it may be possible to fix this with a revision tummy tuck. The surgeon must assess not only this can but the belly button and where the skin will be draped after the surgery. This can be a complicated and delicate procedure. For this reason, it is best that you only work with a board-certified plastic surgeon that has a great deal of experience in tummy tuck surgery, liposuction, and body contouring.

Full tummy tuck

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If you have loose skin above the umbilicus, a full tummy tuck would be best to treat that area as opposed to a revision of your mini.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

A mini tummy tuck addresses loose skin below the belly button

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The laxity or loose skin above the belly button is not improved after mini tummy tuck. This is why you have persistant looseness after your first procedure. We have a saying in plastic surgery that if plan A Is unsuccessful make sure plan B is not equivalent to plan A. The mini tummy tuck did not correct the problem in your upper abdomen, a repeat of the same procedure is not likely to work any better. A full tummy tuck is probably the better procedure for yo

Elizabeth Slass Lee, MD
Bay Area Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 56 reviews

Reverse abdominoplasty or Reverse tummy tuck to eliminate excess or lax upper abdominal skin above belly button

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A second FULL (and not a mini) tummy tuck may help to improve the skin redundancy. However a reverse tummy tuck or abdominoplasty where an incision is made below your breasts and the skin is pulled upwards is another alternative that may be more direct albeit it involves a scar than can be problematic or visible.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 86 reviews

Second mini tummy tuck help with loose skin on upper stomach

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Without a photo hard to answer. I think you need a full skin only tummy tuck. But please seek 3 opinions from boarded surgeons in your area.

From MIAMI Dr. B

Second mini tummy tuck

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It's too difficult to say without pictures and a physical examination, but my guess is that you would require a traditional tummy tuck at this point. 

Elan B. Singer, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

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