SculpSure and umbilical hernia. Can it be done?

I may have an umbilical hernia that developed post pregnancy. I just consulted with my OBGYN and she cannot tell, so she referred me to a surgeon who will perform the right ultrasound and see what's happening there. It's mid October and I was hoping to have SculpSure before then... Is it safe? Or should I wait to see whether I do have an umbilical hernia or not? Will there be any damage?

Doctor Answers 12

SculpSure is Ok with umbilical hernia

Hi Amy,  SculpSure is a very safe procedure and has relatively few small absolute contraindications. When treating the abdomen, the applicators are never placed directly over the umbilicus (belly button). If you can wait, I would have proper evaluation with ultrasound first, but I would also be comfortable providing a treatment for you. Any experienced physician offering SculpSure will be able to advise you regarding the best option. Hope this helps. Best, Dr.Avaliani

New York Physician
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Thank you for your question. The SculpSure laser is designed to avoid the umbilical hernia area that can be troublesome for female patients in their early post-pregnancy stages. I suggest that you move forward and consult with a board certified facial plastic surgeon. It might provide you additional comfort to have your OBGYN discuss with your board certified facial plastic surgeon performing the SculpSure procedure.

Best wishes,

Ross A. Clevens, MD
Melbourne Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Scupsure and Umbilical Hernia

Small Umbilical Hernias are very common after pregnancy. The Sculpsure frames are designed to avoid directly the laser over the umbilical area.  The doctor performing the Sculpsure should be sure to avoid placing the Sculpsure laser over the umbilical area.

Best regards

Dr. Chapman

Susan Chapman, MD
Kailua OB/GYN
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Hernia and sculpsure

Safety is the primary concern with using any device. Once an ultrasound is performed and the hernia is found to be small, the sculpture applicators are placed in an area away from the hernia. I also consult first with a general surgeon for accurate diagnosis and complete safety.

Robert M. Wald, Jr., MD
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

Needs an exam

During an exam before SculpSure treatments we check for hernias and diastasis recti (separation of the abdominal muscles). If there is a hernia or diastasis, we just alter the placement of the heads to avoid direct treatment over these areas.

Keith Denkler, MD
Marin Plastic Surgeon
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Sculpsure and hernia

Sculpsure treatment will be targeted to the abdomen, an no treatment is performed over the belly-button, so the umbilical hernia should not affect your treatment.  Please notify your doctor prior to your treatment.

Dennis Dass, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 156 reviews

Should be fine

if you have a plastic surgeon evaluate , we can tell most of the time, if you have an umbilical hernia that is large or not. provided the paddles are not put over the hernia (it should not be put over the umbilicus at all) then it should not be a problem

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David E. Berman, MD
Sterling Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 103 reviews

SculpSure and Hernia

I would wait to have your hernia evaluated before having SculpSure performed. SculpSure can be performed on areas where the hernia is not present.

Patricia DePoli, MD, FACS
Skokie Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

Sculpsure/Hernia/Will Cause Damage?--O.k. for Sculpsure/Ultrasound/ThermiRF for skin tightening

Sculpsure can still be performed if you have a hernia, as long as that area is avoided. I recommend a combination approach using VASER 4D hi def lipo plus radiofrequency, ultrasound, or laser treatments to tighten and tone the area. See an expert for a formal consultation after determining if you have a hernia or not. Best, Dr. Emer

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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SculpSure delay for hernia evaluation?

It is not OK to put applicators over a hernia where there isn't a well defined fat layer. However, there is no problem to be Sculpted around it since even if you choose to have it operated on, it will probably take 2-6 weeks to get scheduled, approved etc.

Lawrence Eisenhauer, MD
Encinitas OB/GYN
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