Abdominal wall reconstruction with or without full abdominoplasty? (Photo)
I am having abdominal wall reconstruction for a large ventral hernia repair. General and plastic working together. I can pay to continue with a full abdominoplasty, for the skin and belly button. Otherwise they will remove only small amount of skin at closure (bikini line incision). As you can see I already have hanging skin. Is it worth doing if I don't intend on wearing a bikini, or will there be so much skin it's visible under clothes? I also wish to loose about 20 lbs post op.
Doctor Answers 1
It is difficult to say how much intra-abdominal fat you will have, and therefore how much of a bulge will be left after the hernia repair. I would just proceed with the reconstructive procedure first, and potentially stage in secondary cosmetic correction.
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