Tummy tuck revision, or secondary tummy tuck, is a surgical procedure performed to correct or improve the results of a previous tummy tuck. While most women achieve their ideal results during their first abdominoplasty and enjoy it for years, revisions can be used for changes in personal preference, dissatisfaction with the initial outcome,
or post-operative complications.
Is a Tummy Tuck Revision
right for you ?
Tummy Tuck revision is an excellent choice for patients who did not get their desired outcome from the initial surgery (either overall or in a specific area), have had physical changes that altered results, or are experiencing ongoing post-operative pain or discomfort.
During your initial consultation, your surgeon will provide a comprehensive exam to understand your goals and help determine if a tummy tuck revision is right for you.
Remove excess loose skin left behind from previous surgery
Tighten abdominal muscles that were not sufficiently addressed
Eliminate residual fat that was not removed with liposuction
Correct a belly button that is not aesthetically pleasing
Alter a scar that healed poorly to make it less noticeable
Address contour irregularities to create a smoother midsection
Reverse changes that have occurred since the initial procedure
A patient care concierge will guide you through the entire consultation process, which can be attended in person or virtually. During the consultation, your surgeon will learn about your goals, answer any questions, and perform an examination to create a personalized surgical plan. Because scar tissue and other factors may play a role in the revision, choosing an experienced surgeon for this procedure is critical. Your surgical team will work to make a plan that best accomplishes your body goals.
Your procedure will depend on the specific areas to be revised. Your surgeon will try to use the same incision entry as your original procedure to avoid additional scarring, although some patients require a much smaller incision to complete the revision. When abdominal muscles are tightened, a double reinforcement plication technique is used that ensures the abdominal wall repair does not relax over time. Liposuction may be used to eliminate stubborn fat from the abdominal area, and any loose skin will be excised to create a smoother contour. To close all incisions, your surgeon will use a unique layered suturing technique that minimizes tension to minimize scarring.
Most tummy tuck revision patients experience swelling, bruising, and discomfort in the abdominal area following surgery. Compression garments may be provided to help reduce these symptoms while healing takes place. Patients usually can return to work and regular activities within two weeks, but strenuous activities like exercise should be avoided for six weeks.
Your surgeon will provide specific instructions for optimal post-operative care, including an advanced scar management protocol after the initial healing period. Your surgical team is always available and will closely monitor your recovery in the weeks and months following surgery.