Below details several of the possible situations that may lead to needing a tummy tuck revision.
No Diastasis Recti Correction
Diastasis recti refers to when the abdominal muscles separate from one another. This weakens the core and can contribute to a pooch like stomach appearance. Most tummy tuck patients will have diastasis recti. Thus, they would benefit from muscle plication which is the procedure that stitches the muscles back into place.
If a patient needed diastasis recti and it was not performed, this will affect the final result. The stomach may not appear as flat as possible or it could lead to a disproportion between the upper and lower abdomen.
Unsightly Tummy Tuck Scar
There are two problems with the tummy tuck scar that patients most often seek revision for. First, a raised, thick, or very pigmented scar can sometimes be addressed through tummy tuck scar revision surgery. This usually does not require undergoing tummy tuck surgery again. Secondly, sometimes surgeons will place the incision too high on the abdomen. This can make it difficult to hide and also may impact the overall appearance of the abdomen. This surgery will re-open the incision and tighten the skin down more to match the ideal tummy tuck incision location.
Weight Gain Or Pregnancy After A Tummy Tuck
When screening tummy tuck patients, Dr. Sajan will usually ask if they plan to have children in the future. If they do not and are done growing their family, this is the best case scenario. Considering that pregnancy often causes the need for a tummy tuck, completing another pregnancy is likely to reverse tummy tuck results.
Gaining significant weight can also do this. While normal weight fluctuations will not affect abdominoplasty results, gaining more than around twenty pounds may hinder tummy tuck results.
Not Enough Skin Removal/Wrong Tummy Tuck Performed
There a few different types of tummy tuck such as mini, full, and extended tummy tuck. If a patient needs a full tummy tuck, but has a mini, this may leave them with some excess skin after the original tummy tuck. It is also possible that simply not enough skin was removed and a smaller procedure will suffice.
Not all plastic surgeons perform liposuction with their tummy tucks. In some cases, this can leave awkward fat deposits near or around the abdomen. Performing liposuction can remove this stubborn fat and improve the appearance of tummy tuck results. Occasionally, skin tightening procedures may also be necessary to achieve optimal results.
Unnatural Belly Button
During some tummy tuck procedures, the belly button is recreated. If done incorrectly, it can look unnatural. A common bad result is it will look like a coin slot. This is one of the giveaways of a tummy tuck. Dr. Sajan is known for his natural looking belly buttons. He creates them by using a V-shaped incision instead of a straight one. Luckily, a belly button revision