Round Waist 2 Years Post- Tummy Tuck - Why?

i had a full abdominoplasty 2 years ago i was very satisfied with the result no swelling ,every thing went well i recovered after 4 month, but few months ago i began to developed two bulges around my waist area although i haven't gained much weight after the surgery, just 2 kgs more or less but my waist is much widen than it used to be, more over i do regular exercises 4 times a week i'm wondering what's wrong with me.please help me to solve the problem.

Doctor Answers 12

Round waist after tummy tuck

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A round waist two years after a tummy tuck can be one of a two things - either you're accumating fat in the area or your abdominal tissues have "weakened."  What does this mean and how can you tell?

If you've accumated fat, you've put it either above or below the abdominal muscle.  Now since you've already had a tummy tuck, most of the fat above the muscle has been surgicall altered.  Even though you've only gained a couple of kilos, you've probably put it below the muscles (inside the abdomen).  This pushes the abdominal wall outward and creates a rounded look.  If you can't "pinch" the extra fat that concerns you, it's probably intra-abdominal.  It that's the case, only you can change your contour (diet and excercise).

Part of most tummy tucks is tightening the abdominal muscles, usually by running a stitch up the middle of the abdominal wall and bringing the "rectus" muscles together.  Rounding of the abdominal wall can be related to either failure of this stitch over time or a thinning of the lateral wall tissues in response to "over-tightening" in the initial surgery.

Exam is crucial.  I would suggest following up with a board certified plastic surgeon near you who can examine you. 

Reston Plastic Surgeon

Why are my Hips LARGER after Tummy Tuck Surgery?

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Your situation is rather common.

The IDEAL hourglass figure has a Waist to Hip ratio of 0.7. During your tummy tuck the waist was narrowed thereby reducing the numerator of this relation. If no liposuction of the hips is done at the same time, the denominator (Hip width) stays the same but appears larger. Any weight gain will be highly visible in the hips which is exactly what your photographs display (with the underwear falling into the depression below the hip fat prominence). To improve this appearance, you need to lose the weight or have liposuction.

Dr. Peter Aldea

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon

Waist getting round after abdominoplasty

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The best place to start is always to see a doctor in person who can examine you.  Like others have said the small amount of weight you have gained may all be going to the area of the waist. If the bulges are up front your muscles may be loose for some reason.  If the bulges are on the side they are probably fat.

Byron D. Poindexter, MD
Reston Plastic Surgeon

Abdominal fullness 1 year after tummy tuck

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I agree with my colleagues....if you see a change from before, then it is either fullness from weight gain, or the muscles have stretched out again.  It would be easier to tell if you had a lateral photograph (picture from the side).  It is also possible that the "plication" (tightening procedure of the muscle fascia) that is typically done with the tummy tuck was either not done very tight, or the sutures may have pulled through.  Some surgeons do a suture technique that can be more prone to this than others; sometimes it is simply the tissues are fragile and thin.  Either way I would revisit a board certified plastic surgeon.  If it is from weight gain, the two solutions are weight loss to shrink intra-abdominal fat and lipo maybe to contour the extra-abdominal fat, and reopening the incision to re "plicate" or tighten the muscles again. 


James F. Boynton, M.D., F.A.C.S.

2kgs=4.4lbs=weight gain enough to go to your waist

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It is highly likely that your 2kg weight gain has gone straight to your waistline.  Two kgs is a fairly significant amount of weight as a percentage of your body weight, which looks to be low in the photo.  Try dieting off the 2kg and see what happens.  If that doesn't do it, then go back to your surgeon for an evaluation.  Good luck!

Tummy tuck

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It is difficult to say from the photo without an examination, but it is possible that the sutures, in the lower abdomen, may have come apart.  I have seen that before.

Shahin Javaheri, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy Tuck Post OP

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It is difficult to tell from the photos. I would suggest that you contact your Board certified Plastic Surgeon for an evaluation.  Best wishes!

Christine Sullivan, MD
Columbus Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 35 reviews

Weight gain after abdominoplasty

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It is impossible to give you specific advice without examining you and/or reviewing before and after pictures.  If you have gained weight, then it is possible that this explains your situation.  Additionally, in your picture, your panties are constricting your lower waist which exaggerates the look of your upper waist.  You may want to consider some liposuction of your flanks to improve the contour of that area.


Good Luck.

Round Waist 2 Years Post- Tummy Tuck - Why?

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Thanks for the photo. Your result looks great but if unhappy see your surgeon to explain your concerns. From MIAMI Dr. Darryl j. Blinski

Bulges in hips

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Without an exam it is difficult to say,b ut it could just be accumulation of fat in the area.  This may be treated with liposcution or with direct excision.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

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