It can be necessary to conduct revision surgery to fix undesirable results from a previous tummy tuck. In this article, we will explore the topic of tummy tuck revision in depth.
If you are struggling with the negative consequences of a previously botched tummy tuck surgery, book a consultation with Dr. Omar Tillo, the CREO Clinic’s double board-certified body-contouring surgeon.
Signs of a Botched Tummy Tuck
Patients may not be satisfied with the final results of their tummy tuck and require revision surgery. The term ‘botched’ is often used incorrectly to describe fault on behalf of the surgeon, hospital, or patient, causing unsatisfactory outcomes.
However, poor results can also be caused by the natural risks of the procedure. For example, large scars caused by an infection. For this reason, it’s more helpful to look out for signs which indicate that you may require a tummy tuck revision:
- A disproportionate amount of scarring
- Dog ears (Excess skin at the end of scars)
- Lumpy or poorly contoured skin due to inadequate removal of excess tissue
- Severe asymmetry
- Mis-shaped or unsightly umbilicus requiring umbilicoplasty
Pros and Cons of a Tummy Tuck Revision
Before deciding to undergo tummy tuck revision, it is important to understand how it can benefit you but also to be aware of its potential limitations.
Pros of a Tummy Tuck Revision
First and foremost, revision surgery can offer you the chance to get the outcomes you expected from your first tummy tuck.
If your first tummy tuck procedure hasn’t left you with a flatter, more defined abdomen, then a revision can be a very effective way to achieve these goals.
A revision can improve the appearance of scarring and sculpt a more contoured abdomen, free from asymmetries and bulging.
Cons of a Tummy Tuck Revision
The downsides of tummy tuck revision are similar to those of an initial tummy tuck, for example, its potential for scarring and not being a suitable procedure for patients desiring straightforward weight loss.
Principally, it is important to remember that a tummy tuck is a major surgery with notable downtime. You are likely to experience swelling and some discomfort as your wounds heal, and you will need to refrain from certain exercises during your recovery period.
How Long Do You Have to Wait Before a Tummy Tuck Revision?
It is advisable to wait for at least a year before making a decision to undergo a tummy tuck revision.
In instances of prominent deformities or medically concerning side effects, it is possible that a surgeon may deem it necessary to consider a revision in less than a year.
Tummy Tuck Revision Procedure
Naturally, the procedure of a tummy tuck revision will depend on the issues you have that need revising.
If there are problems with the shape, symmetry, or placement of your belly button, it may be necessary to undergo an umbilicoplasty to properly address the issue.
For stubborn pockets of fat that went untreated, it may be possible to use liposuction to remove the fat, thereby evening out the skin above and flattening the stomach.
In the case that excess skin, fat, and muscle separation continue to be an issue, you may need to undergo a full tummy tuck, repeating many of the techniques used in your first operation but taking special care to ensure a more satisfying result.
How Long Does It Take to Recover From Tummy Tuck Revision?
The time it takes to recover from a tummy tuck revision will be very similar to the time it takes to recover from a tummy tuck.
A full recovery will take around 12 weeks, but after 1–2 weeks, you should be able to return to work. After 3-4 weeks, some light exercise should also be possible.
When Do You See Results From a Tummy Tuck Revision?
It may take between 6-12 months to see the final results of your full abdominoplasty revision. This will be after your swelling has fully subsided, and your new stomach will be revealed, one that aligns more closely with your original expectations of a flatter, more contoured tummy.
How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Revision Cost?
The cost of a tummy tuck revision will depend greatly on the issues that need resolving.
As such, the full cost breakdown can only be put together after your initial consultation.
Is a Tummy Tuck Revision Worth It?
Many patients report their tummy tuck revision to have been a worthwhile endeavour, as the complications from an unsuccessful tummy tuck can be difficult to resolve without addressing them through surgery.
Living with chronic pain can be extremely debilitating, so a tummy tuck can help resolve these issues and create a drastic boost to your quality of life, as well as your confidence in your body.
Schedule a Consultation with CREO Clinic Today
As a renowned tummy tuck specialist, Dr. Tillo is a surgeon outstanding in his field, capable of dealing with even the most complex issues. Contact us today to book a consultation with Dr. Tillo and get on track to designing a bespoke treatment package for you and your tummy.