Tummy Tuck in Very Thin Fit Woman Mother of Three?

I am 5.4" 110 pounds . I do have loosen skin under and above belly button - only noticeable if I squeeze my belly with my hands or if I seat down. My doctor said he could use my c- section scar but I would gain a new belly button and he would have to make a 2cm vertical incision above the horizontal one. I never heard of this. Can't find anything on the Internet about it. The doctor said it would be something between full nd mini tummy tuck. Any thoughts ?

Doctor Answers 6

Vertical scar after a tummy tuck.

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The vertical scar is the hole from the previous belly button position. If it remains as a vertical scar, then there was not enough laxity to remove all of the lower abdominal skin.

Boca Raton Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

Custom fit tummy tuck procedure

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Dear Latina,


What you have described is a custom designed procedure to fit your skin and to optimize your results.


Without physical examination, it is hard to generate an opinion about the laxity of your skin. Thin and healthy candidate as yourself do not qualify for a full tummy tuck usually.


So I encourage you to seek consultations with board certified surgeons of ample experience to get an informed opinion and to have the better fit for your case.


Thank you for your inquiry.

Dr. Sajjadian






Ali Sajjadian, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 205 reviews

It sounds as though your plastic surgeon is tailoring or modifying a traditional tummy tuck to your needs

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Thank you for your question.

It sounds as though your plastic surgeon is tailoring or modifying a traditional tummy tuck to your needs.  It is common to make changes to a procedure depending on each patient's unique needs.

If you are unsure, see two or more board-certified plastic surgeons in your area for a full and complete evaluation to make sure you are a good candidate and that it is safe for you to have surgery. I hope this helps.

J. Jason Wendel, MD, FACS
Nashville Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 221 reviews

When in doubt, get a second opinion

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When in doubt, get a second opinion. Make sure you are going to a board certified plastic surgeon with experience in this operation. Even in thin women, I can usually get all of the skin out between the belly button and pubic region.

William B. Rosenblatt, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

Tummy Tuck in thin fit patients.

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Thin fit patients with extra skin present in their lower abdomen need to discuss options with their plastic surgeon. Since you are lean and in good health, you may lack the large amount of excess skin and fat (that can be removed with a full tummy tuck) found in fuller patients.

If your full abdominoplasty skin closure is potentially too tight, some surgeons may use a small vertical incision on the midline above your pubis. This extra skin comes from the area surrounding your belly button (in this case, the upper horizontal incision is planned below the belly button).

A mini-tummy tuck may not leave you tight enough or address the excess skin and laxity above your belly button.

Without examining and chatting with you, it is impossible to speculate which technique will best meet your objectives. My recommentation is for you to obtain additional consultation(s) with an experienced plastic surgeon until you are comfortable chosing among your surgery options.

Douglas J. Raskin, MD
Colorado Springs Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 69 reviews

Tummy Tuck

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A small vertical scar is sometimes the result   of not being able to pull the skin down far enough to get rid of the incision around the umbilicus, especially in a thin fit patient.

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