Tummy tuck revision surgery is a procedure designed to address issues that may arise after an initial tummy tuck surgery. These issues can include dissatisfaction with the results, changes in the body due to weight gain or loss, pregnancy, or aging, and complications such as asymmetry or visible scarring. The goal of tummy tuck revision surgery is to improve the appearance of the abdomen and enhance the patient’s body confidence.
Candidates for tummy tuck revision are individuals who are in good overall health and are not pregnant or breastfeeding at the time of surgery. Potential patients should not smoke or take anti-inflammatory drugs, such as aspirin, because these can increase the risk of complications during and after surgery. Tummy tuck revision surgery is usually very effective, but individuals should have realistic expectations about the procedure and need to correct one or more of the following:
Tummy tuck revision is done on an outpatient basis at an accredited facility. There are various incision techniques that can be utilized depending on the severity of sagging and muscle laxity in the abdominal region. During your consultation appointment, your midsection will be evaluated, and your expectations will be taken into consideration. The procedure can involve a full tummy tuck, which provides improvement to the entire abdominal area, or a mini tummy tuck, which is ideal for patients who only have cosmetic concerns that fall below the navel.
The recovery after tummy tuck revision will be similar to that of the original tummy tuck procedure. Immediately after the surgery, the abdomen will be bandaged and a compression garment will be placed over the treated area to minimize side effects. It is essential for patients to get plenty of rest during the initial stages of recovery. Discomfort can be alleviated with pain medication. Most tummy tuck revision patients feel well enough to continue their daily activities and return to work within 7 days. Heavy lifting and strenuous activities, however, should still be avoided. Bruising and swelling should subside considerably by the end of the second week. Light activities and postoperative massages can be performed as recommended by the surgeon. Patients can resume all of their normal activities, including exercise, after 4 to 6 weeks. Some minor swelling may persist. All of the swelling should be resolved by the 6-month mark, revealing the final results.
Tummy tuck revision is performed using general anesthesia to ensure that the procedure is as comfortable as possible. For optimal safety, the procedure is performed alongside a board-certified anesthesiologist.
Patients can expect some pain following their tummy tuck revision, similar to that of their initial procedure. Following all aftercare directions, taking the medication prescribed by the surgeon, and wearing the recommended compression garments can alleviate most of the postoperative side effects.
Tummy tuck revision results are considered permanent. However, the appearance of the midsection is still susceptible to cosmetic changes due to aging, pregnancy, and weight fluctuations. Adopting a healthy and active lifestyle can help preserve results for longer.