I know it's not going to be an easy surgery- but it can be done, if I drop another 35lbs. Hunting for the right doctor. (photos)
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Tummy tuck revision
Revision Tummy Tuck after Weight Loss
Congratulations on your weight loss, and on your motivation to be more active! Once you are at or near your stable goal weight, you can undergo a revision surgery. From these photos, you do not need another full tummy tuck since it is just the lower half of your abdomen that has the excess skin and fat. That excess can be removed, also removing/revising your healed scar. Your plastic surgeon should make sure that your new scar line is not to high by also removing skin from the pubic region so that you have a balanced placement of your scar line. Also, progressive sutures (stitches) can be placed, securing the undersurface of your lower abdomen skin/fat layer to your lower abdomen muscle layer. That way, you can have a smooth lower abdomen, instead of a roll when you sit down or bend over. If your belly button scar is also a concern, a scar revision can be performed. However, since the circumference around the belly button will then be even larger by removing the scar, the stitches that are placed should be tightened or purse stringed to decrease the size of the circle.
Tummy tuck revision
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Tummy tuck revision - doctor hunting
- You will have lost 55 - 60 pounds before your tummy tuck revision - good work!
- Wait at least 3 months after losing the weight to be sure you keep it off.
- You need to find a qualified plastic surgeon as near to you as possible -
- Go to the website of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons - all members are Board Certified Plastic Surgeons.
- You may need a full revision or a skin-only tummy tuck -
- Ask your surgeon, if possible, to use barbed sutures to close the dermis and then skin glue - this will avoid you having a lot of stitches to remove.
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