Revision Tummy Tuck

Revision Tummy Tuck Surgery is a complex cosmetic procedure that corrects errors from previous tummy tuck surgery or previous liposuction surgery resulting in irregularities, excess skin, poor scarring and other undesirable results.

Revision Tummy Tuck
Revision Tummy Tuck

Revision Tummy Tuck

Revision Tummy Tuck Surgery is a complex cosmetic procedure that corrects errors from previous tummy tuck surgery or previous liposuction surgery resulting in irregularities, excess skin, poor scarring and other undesirable results.

About Procedure

Revision Tummy Tuck Surgery is a complex cosmetic procedure that corrects errors from previous tummy tuck surgery or previous liposuction surgery resulting in irregularities, excess skin, poor scarring and other undesirable results. The most common problems I see after previous tummy tuck or mini-tummy tuck surgery are irregular abdominal wall tightening, umbilical float where the belly button is pulled too low, scar too high, too wide, or irregular, dog ears, unsightly belly button, mons pubis hanging, or excess skin above the belly button. The most common problems I see after liposuction are overaggressive technique resulting in irregularities, and excess skin. These problems are complex and revision tummy tuck surgery is an extremely challenging surgery that requires detailed pre-operative planning, meticulous technical skill and experience. So many times I wish I had a time machine so I could have been the one to perform my patient’s initial surgery and given them the results they hoped for and deserve. Unfortunately with revision surgery, sometimes the damage is so great, not all errors can be repaired. Although these have been some of the most difficult cases I have performed, they are also the most rewarding and I feel grateful that I have been able to help so many patients look and feel better.

Body Procedure

Good To Know Before Procedure

For patients who have had less than desirable results, it is often emotionally challenging and distressing for them to undergo a revision surgery. I understand the emotional distress that can accompany having another surgery. I want you to know that I am here to listen and I am here to help you.

am always honest about what can and cannot be repaired and help my patients set realistic expectations for what revision tummy tuck surgery can do for them. At your consultation, I will evaluate all areas that need to be repaired and give you an honest assessment. If possible, please get your old operative report from your previous surgery. Knowing what you have had done in your previous surgery is extremely helpful for planning the revision surgery. If you are from out of town and are doing a video consultation, please send photographs from different views of all the problem areas in good lighting.

At the consultation, I will take a complete medical history and conduct a careful examination and develop a customized plan based on your anatomy as well as your aesthetic goals. I consider age, overall health, emotional well being, as well as expectations for surgery when evaluating a candidate for this procedure. Patients who are obese (BMI 30 or greater) or who smoke have a significantly higher risk of wound healing problems. I require patients to have stopped smoking for at least 2 months before having surgery. To minimize the possibility of excess bleeding, you will need to avoid taking drugs containing aspirin, anti-inflammatories, alcohol, or herbal medications two weeks before surgery. You will receive a complete list of medications to avoid and detailed instructions before surgery. I consider the preparation before surgery and your understanding of how to take care of yourself critical to having the best possible results so myself and my staff will walk you through each part of the process every step of the way.

What Happens During The Procedure

In the pre-operative area I will mark you with a surgical pen and describe for you in detail the surgical plan. For your comfort and safety, revision tummy tuck surgery will be performed under general anesthesia. I believe that every part of the surgical team is essential to having a perfect and smooth surgery so every part of my extended team is focused during surgery, and pays attention to every detail. We will all ensure that as you enter the operating room and are gently placed under anesthesia you will feel relaxed and calm and excited. During the operation we will all be focused on keeping you warm, comfortable, and cared for. During the surgery, I am gentle and and respectful and ensure a positive and calm environment around you. I will also place a numbing solution in your abdomen so you will not feel pain even though you are under anesthesia.

The surgery may take 4-7 hours depending on complexity. As every revision case is unique, every surgery will be tailored to how to best help each patient. For almost all the cases, I will make a low curved incision that is marked together with you prior to surgery. The skin and fat is then lifted off the abdominal wall. Any abdominal wall irregularities are repaired. If there is excess skin it is tightened and excess is removed. The skin is lowered over the abdomen and the new belly button is reconstructed. I consider the belly button to be one of the most important parts of the tummy tuck and have developed a special technique that creates my “signature, natural looking innie belly button.” I take extra time to make a beautiful oval shaped with a little dimple – my goal is for it to look like you never had surgery. If your previous surgeon has cut off your belly button or if it has necrosed or died in the past, I will have to create a new “fake” belly button. I also have several other technical details that I perform to create a natural looking contoured abdomen and a thin, nearly invisible low scar. I believe it is important to create the best possible result and incision without any bunching, irregularities or step offs. I take extreme pride in my attention to detail with every single step of this surgery.

Results & Recovery: What To Expect

I have developed a gentle revision tummy tuck technique that has minimal pain and a quick recovery. You will spend the first night at a plastic surgery after care facility with nursing. They will pick you up from the surgery center and bring you to my office for your first post op visit. After surgery, your abdomen will feel tight but should not be painful. If you do have discomfort, tylenol is usually all that’s needed. I will give you a prescription for a few pain pills to have in case you need them but they are usually not necessary. I encourage patients to stick to Tylenol instead of the prescription pain medication since those pills often create constipation and bloating. You will need to walk bent over for the first 1-2 weeks. There is usually some swelling of the tissues for a few weeks after surgery. You will wear an abdominal binder or compression garment to support your abdomen for 6-8 weeks after surgery. This is something we will measure and provide for you. You may have a few drains places that are removed about 1-2 weeks after surgery. Most of my patients feel almost back to normal at around 1 week after their revision tummy tuck surgery.

The speed of recovery depends on your physical condition prior to surgery; those with stronger abdominal muscles usually recover faster. Allow at least 2 weeks to recuperate before returning to work. If you are a patient from out of town, you will need to stay in town for at least 2 weeks after surgery. Wait at least 4 weeks to start any strenuous exercise and 6 weeks to do abdominal exercises. Prior to your tummy tuck, please make plans to have someone help you ambulate after surgery.

Revision tummy tuck scars take about 12 months to fade. You will start scar treatments at around 2 weeks after surgery. I will discuss scar care in detail with you and also provide you with scar medications and products.

Revision tummy tuck surgery is one of the most life changing surgeries that I do! For patients who had a bad experience with their first surgery, it is the first step to helping them recover and start a new chapter in their life with improved function and aesthetics. For that reason revision tummy tuck surgery is one of the most rewarding surgeries I perform and I am grateful to be able to help my patients.

Before Procedure

Good To Know Before Procedure

For patients who have had less than desirable results, it is often emotionally challenging and distressing for them to undergo a revision surgery. I understand the emotional distress that can accompany having another surgery. I want you to know that I am here to listen and I am here to help you.

am always honest about what can and cannot be repaired and help my patients set realistic expectations for what revision tummy tuck surgery can do for them. At your consultation, I will evaluate all areas that need to be repaired and give you an honest assessment. If possible, please get your old operative report from your previous surgery. Knowing what you have had done in your previous surgery is extremely helpful for planning the revision surgery. If you are from out of town and are doing a video consultation, please send photographs from different views of all the problem areas in good lighting.

At the consultation, I will take a complete medical history and conduct a careful examination and develop a customized plan based on your anatomy as well as your aesthetic goals. I consider age, overall health, emotional well being, as well as expectations for surgery when evaluating a candidate for this procedure. Patients who are obese (BMI 30 or greater) or who smoke have a significantly higher risk of wound healing problems. I require patients to have stopped smoking for at least 2 months before having surgery. To minimize the possibility of excess bleeding, you will need to avoid taking drugs containing aspirin, anti-inflammatories, alcohol, or herbal medications two weeks before surgery. You will receive a complete list of medications to avoid and detailed instructions before surgery. I consider the preparation before surgery and your understanding of how to take care of yourself critical to having the best possible results so myself and my staff will walk you through each part of the process every step of the way.

During Procedure

What Happens During The Procedure

In the pre-operative area I will mark you with a surgical pen and describe for you in detail the surgical plan. For your comfort and safety, revision tummy tuck surgery will be performed under general anesthesia. I believe that every part of the surgical team is essential to having a perfect and smooth surgery so every part of my extended team is focused during surgery, and pays attention to every detail. We will all ensure that as you enter the operating room and are gently placed under anesthesia you will feel relaxed and calm and excited. During the operation we will all be focused on keeping you warm, comfortable, and cared for. During the surgery, I am gentle and and respectful and ensure a positive and calm environment around you. I will also place a numbing solution in your abdomen so you will not feel pain even though you are under anesthesia.

The surgery may take 4-7 hours depending on complexity. As every revision case is unique, every surgery will be tailored to how to best help each patient. For almost all the cases, I will make a low curved incision that is marked together with you prior to surgery. The skin and fat is then lifted off the abdominal wall. Any abdominal wall irregularities are repaired. If there is excess skin it is tightened and excess is removed. The skin is lowered over the abdomen and the new belly button is reconstructed. I consider the belly button to be one of the most important parts of the tummy tuck and have developed a special technique that creates my “signature, natural looking innie belly button.” I take extra time to make a beautiful oval shaped with a little dimple – my goal is for it to look like you never had surgery. If your previous surgeon has cut off your belly button or if it has necrosed or died in the past, I will have to create a new “fake” belly button. I also have several other technical details that I perform to create a natural looking contoured abdomen and a thin, nearly invisible low scar. I believe it is important to create the best possible result and incision without any bunching, irregularities or step offs. I take extreme pride in my attention to detail with every single step of this surgery.

Results & Recovery

Results & Recovery: What To Expect

I have developed a gentle revision tummy tuck technique that has minimal pain and a quick recovery. You will spend the first night at a plastic surgery after care facility with nursing. They will pick you up from the surgery center and bring you to my office for your first post op visit. After surgery, your abdomen will feel tight but should not be painful. If you do have discomfort, tylenol is usually all that’s needed. I will give you a prescription for a few pain pills to have in case you need them but they are usually not necessary. I encourage patients to stick to Tylenol instead of the prescription pain medication since those pills often create constipation and bloating. You will need to walk bent over for the first 1-2 weeks. There is usually some swelling of the tissues for a few weeks after surgery. You will wear an abdominal binder or compression garment to support your abdomen for 6-8 weeks after surgery. This is something we will measure and provide for you. You may have a few drains places that are removed about 1-2 weeks after surgery. Most of my patients feel almost back to normal at around 1 week after their revision tummy tuck surgery.

The speed of recovery depends on your physical condition prior to surgery; those with stronger abdominal muscles usually recover faster. Allow at least 2 weeks to recuperate before returning to work. If you are a patient from out of town, you will need to stay in town for at least 2 weeks after surgery. Wait at least 4 weeks to start any strenuous exercise and 6 weeks to do abdominal exercises. Prior to your tummy tuck, please make plans to have someone help you ambulate after surgery.

Revision tummy tuck scars take about 12 months to fade. You will start scar treatments at around 2 weeks after surgery. I will discuss scar care in detail with you and also provide you with scar medications and products.

Revision tummy tuck surgery is one of the most life changing surgeries that I do! For patients who had a bad experience with their first surgery, it is the first step to helping them recover and start a new chapter in their life with improved function and aesthetics. For that reason revision tummy tuck surgery is one of the most rewarding surgeries I perform and I am grateful to be able to help my patients.

Where To Start

I understand that getting a plastic surgery procedure is one of your biggest life decisions. It takes time, planning, and resources. I want you to know that myself and my team are here to help you every step of the way. Your plastic surgery journey starts in 4 easy steps:

Free Phone Consultation

Schedule a free phone consultation with one of our knowledgeable surgical consultants who are trained by Dr. Cat. They will answer many of your questions and you can decide if you are ready for your consultation with Dr. Cat.

Meet Dr. Cat for your initial consultation in-person or video consultation. The consultation cost is $500 and it’s applied towards your plastic surgery procedure.

Consultation with Dr. Cat

Preparations & Surgery Day

After you reserve your surgery date, Dr. Cat and her team will make sure you are well informed and prepared for your big day. Preparation is a very important part of your plastic surgery journey.

The post-op phase is an important time of healing and recovering so you can enjoy your amazing results and your improved quality of life that you have envisioned.

Enjoy Results

Free Phone Consultation

Schedule a free phone consultation with one of our knowledgeable surgical consultants who are trained by Dr. Cat. They will answer many of your questions and you can decide if you are ready for your consultation with Dr. Cat.

Consultation with Dr. Cat

Meet Dr. Cat for your initial consultation in-person or video consultation. The consultation cost is $500 and it’s applied towards your plastic surgery procedure.

Preparations & Surgery Day

After you reserve your surgery date, Dr. Cat and her team will make sure you are well informed and prepared for your big day. Preparation is a very important part of your plastic surgery journey.

Enjoy Results

The post-op phase is an important time of healing and recovering so you can enjoy your amazing results and your improved quality of life that you have envisioned.

Start your Plastic Surgery Journey Now by scheduling your free phone
consultation with one of our Plastic Surgery Experts.