Tummy Tuck - With This Vein Get Removed with Skin? (photo)

I don't know enough about the layers of the human body. This popped up on my abdomen post pregnancy. 1 year had passed and I am still breastfeeding. I have noticeable veins on my breasts that I know from experience will disappear once I ween. This seems different. It moves with my loose skin. Just curious if I can count on getting rid of this if it chooses to stay. I have no other veins like this.

Doctor Answers 5

Visible vein on tummy

Yes that vein should be able to be removed during a tummy tuck. Even if you don't get a tummy tuck the vein could be ligated.

Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
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Vein may be removed with an abdominplasty depending upon location

If this veins is within the elliptical portion of skin that is to be excised with your abdominoplasty then the vein will be removed.  Your photograph is too close to see the exact location of the problem.  

Jeffrey Zwiren, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Will vein be removed

The photo is too close up to tell exactly where the vein is. If it is in the lower abdomen or flank, it most likely can be removed. Your best bet is to have an in person consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon who specializes in cosmetic surgery. 

John Squires, MD
Denver Plastic Surgeon
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Will skin vein be removed with tummy tuck

Thank you for asking if the large vein with be removed with your tummy tuck

  1. The photo doesn't show where the vein is on your abdomen.
  2. If it is above the belly button - no, that skin stays with the tummy tuck.
  3. If it is below the belly button -  it can probably be removed with the tummy tuck.
  4. If not removed, your surgeon tie off the vein or cauterize it during the tummy tuck. Best wishes.

Elizabeth Morgan, MD, PhD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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If it is between your belly button and pubis it should come out with the abdominal pannus

Ryan Neinstein, MD, FRCSC
New York Plastic Surgeon
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