I had a TT 6 months ago. I have fatty handing skin in pubis area on each side. Doctor said this is normal. I am so upset (Photo)

I had to 6 months ago and went back and doctor said that my fatty hanging skin was normal because I had fatty organs. It did not say this bad before. I also had Lipo. Is this normal? What can I do to fix this?

Doctor Answers 6

This is not a "normal" tummy tuck result. This is a poor result.

Either you have unwittingly chosen someone who is not an ABPS-certified plastic surgeon (bogus-board "cosmetic surgeon"), or someone who is very inexperienced. I'm not sure why my colleagues are so "politically correct" in saying this is a good result, or wait longer, but talking to your surgeon is what you did and were told this is "normal."

Balderdash!

This is simply a poor outcome due to inadequate skin removal. Not malpractice or negligence, just a really abysmal outcome (and you know that). And it won't get any better with more passage of time.

So now you must reap the result of your choice of surgeon and choose a better one to revise this. Significant improvement is possible without redoing the entire operation, but you must undergo (and pay for) more surgery to get the result you reasonably expect. Do your homework and get some consultations and cost estimates. Choose your surgeon more carefully--you deserve a better result! Best wishes! Dr. Tholen


Minneapolis Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 239 reviews

Tummy tuck problem

Hello and thank you for your question. If that is truly your result 6 months post surgery then you need to possibly broach revision surgery with your ps. Other than the excess skin low down the result is good and removing the excess skin should be straight forward.

Peter Fisher M.D 

Peter Fisher, MD
San Antonio Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 49 reviews

Skin in pubis area after tummy tuck.

Your results look very good in the abdomen, though we can see your concern with the skin laxity low in the pubic area. This is typical for individuals after weight loss but is often corrected in the tummy tuck procedure. Let yourself fully heal another six months, and then let your surgeon have a second look as the laxity can be corrected with a revision if needed.

Peter E. Johnson, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 40 reviews

Laxity after TT

Based on your photos, I would ask your surgeon for a revision. Your upper abdomen looks good as does  your belly button, but you have residual skin that should be removed. It should be a straightforward procedure but could be done anytime. If they will not agree to it, I would seek another opinion. Best wishes. 

I had a TT 6 months ago. I have fatty handing skin in pubis area on each side. Doctor said this is normal. I am so upset

Thank you for sharing your question and photograph and I am sorry to hear that your current results have not been what you anticipated.  By 6 months much of your healing has taken place and it does appear that you have remaining excess skin in your abdominla area.  It is difficult without an in-person examination to assess whether this is continued swelling, muscle laxity, excess skin, or visceral fat but if your surgeon is not providing you with answers you feel are appropriate, seek a second opinion from an ASPS plastic surgeon.  Best wishes.

Nelson Castillo, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 43 reviews

Swelling

You may still be swollen 6 months out.  If the extra skin remains, you may need a revision to remove it.  This would be a much smaller procedure that your first one. 

Tyler C. Street, MD
Napa Plastic Surgeon

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