Can I Get a Tummy Tuck After Lapband Surgery?

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Can I Get a Tummy Tuck After Lapband Surgery?

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It should not be a problem having the tummy tuck surgery with a lap band port in place. The more information you are able to provide to your plastic surgeon the better. The position of the port often needs to be adjusted during the procedure; sometimes the port is more palpable after the tummy tuck procedure than prior.
Best wishes for an outcome that you will be very pleased with.

Yes Get a Tummy Tuck After LapBand But Watch Out for that Port and Band

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I love it when patients lose the weight, and maintain that loss for a steady six months and say they want to have a tummy tuck. Go for it, but they always ask too quick. You never want to ask at your lowest low in weight, or too early. You might have more weight to lose. On the flip side, you may gain back a few pounds. You need to be at a relatively consistent weight for at least six months and definitely not until a year after surgery.

Your band is inside of you. The port is the only part on outside of you. You have a plastic hallow tube traversing the muscles of your abdomen connecting the two. The tummy tuck is performed around and in the area of the port and tubing therefore you really need a surgeon who understands LabBands specifically. 

1. Ask your bariatric surgeon if they have a plastic surgeon they can recommend.
2. Some bariatric surgeons do tummy tucks and body contouring procedures. The upside of this, is they are really skilled in bands, loose skin, and complex surgical candidates. 

Good luck and congrats on the weight loss!!! 

Daniel J. Rosen, MD
New York Bariatric Surgeon
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Tummy tuck after Lap-Band

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Yes, you can have a tummy tuck after Lap-Band surgery.  We recommend waiting until your weight loss has stabilized and to use a plastic surgeon familiar with Lap-Band surgery.  Many times during the tummy tuck I change the prot to a low profile and port and sometimes bury it under the muscles so there is no bulge from the port as well.

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