A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is a cosmetic procedure designed to improve the contour of the abdomen after having children or following weight loss. The best candidates are men and women who are healthy, physically fit, and who have achieved a stable weight. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia in the operating room, and can certainly be performed either together with, or following a hernia repair.
Karen M. Horton, MD, MSc, FACS, FRCSC
San Francisco Plastic Surgery
Of course we can't be totally sure without an exam and you didn't mention what kind of hernias you had, but assuming your hernia surgeon is comfortable that you are fully healed and assuming you are otherwise suitable for an abdominoplasty, there is no reason not to do the surgery.
If your hernias have been repaired then there is no reason why you would not be a candidate for an abdominoplasty. An examination of your abdomen would be needed to review your options. It would be good to have your operative reports for your plastic surgeon to review.
If the hernia has successfully been repaired, tummy tuck can be considered.
Find a board certified plastic surgeon who performs hundreds of tummy
tucks and body contouring procedures each year. Then look at the
website before and after photo galleries to get a sense of who can
deliver the results.
Kenneth Hughes, MD
Los Angeles, CA
It is not unreasonable to perform a tummy tuck in someone who has had hernia repairs if the mesh is inside, rather than on top. There is nothing about the tummy tuck that causes weakness but the surgery would be more risky than I would likely be comfortable with, if there is a large mesh outside of the abdominal wall. In other words, it very much depends upon the details and a complex conversation with a board certified plastic surgeon.