For some people who have committed themselves to losing a significant amount of weight by starting a regular exercise plan and eating a sensible diet, the final proof of their accomplishments will come after a tummy tuck cosmetic surgical procedure to remove the excess loose skin behind after weight loss. Such a procedure will give them the final shape that shows off their hard work and dedication to a healthy lifestyle.
However, not all tummy tuck procedures go as planned. Patients may not be happy with their final results because excess skin remains. It is of utmost importance to find a cosmetic surgeon who is skilled in revision tummy tuck procedures in such cases. The surgeon should know how to correct the initial tummy tuck procedure’s problems and produce an excellent outcome. Dr. Vincent Marin is an experienced revision surgeon and can help patients finally achieve the results they expected from the initial procedure.
Why Might Patients Want a Tummy Tuck Procedure?
The most common causes for a revision tummy tuck procedure generally involve some contour irregularity. This can be due to insufficient removal of excess skin and tissue, residual fat deposits (this most often happens when liposuction is combined with a tummy tuck procedure), or epigastric bulge due to a weakening of the abdominal muscles during the procedure.
Insufficient skin and tissue removal can lead to what is known as “dog ears,” in which the skin appears puckered because the initial surgeon did not account for skin elasticity. Residual fat deposits may be noticeable if not enough is removed in conjunction with the initial tummy tuck procedure. This would be most noticeable around the outer flanks if the waist were not properly contoured. Finally, an epigastric bulge is a result of failing to properly suture the abdominal muscles back together after the first tummy tuck procedure.
In addition to contour irregularities, patients may be unhappy with the final appearance of the scar. This may be due to poor wound healing, which leaves thick or excessive scarring, or improper placement of the incision. In the latter cases, the incision was placed too high and is noticeable above the bikini line.
How Can Revision Surgery Correct for Problems with the Initial Tummy Tuck?
In cases of insufficient skin and tissue removal, Dr. Marin will correct any skin puckering. He may also remove additional fat if the patient is unhappy with their overall body shape following the first procedure. If the patient has an epigastric bulge, Dr. Marin will perform another procedure to place additional or tighter sutures in the abdominal muscles. Finally, he can carefully remove some of the excess scar tissue that may be too thick, wide, or simply noticeable.
Patients who elect to undergo a tummy tuck procedure have worked hard toward their weight loss goals and want to be proud of their efforts. Dr. Marin could still help them do so if they were unhappy with their first tummy tuck procedure. Contact Marin Aesthetics today to schedule a tummy tuck consultation.
*The content in this blog is developed to spread the awareness towards plastic surgery. Our blog is not intended to serve as a replacement for an actual in-office consultation with Dr. Marin. As such, the information within this blog reflects the unique cases of our individual patients.