A tummy tuck revision, also known as a secondary abdominoplasty, is a second surgical operation that patients receive when they experience dissatisfactory results after undergoing a tummy tuck. Like the traditional procedure, it is a major operation, which nearly always involves the use of general anesthetic. Both procedures are known for having one of the highest complication rates of any cosmetic operation, but tummy tuck revisions are not always as complex as their counterpart. They’re often seen as a “touch up,” meant to address smaller issues. There are many reasons why someone would want to go through with the procedure. There are complications that could occur, including dog-ear deformities–a type of bunched up mass of excess skin–or a pocket of left behind fat. Some patients simply prefer to have a second operation because they want to rid themselves of major aesthetic concerns, including thick raised scars and improper scarring placement. Sometimes wounds don’t heal properly and they need to be repaired. Maybe the results of the procedure aren’t as drastic as patients would like them to be. There is a vast array of different techniques involved in the operation, each developed to address the issues that patients are most likely to seek treatment for.
After receiving their first tummy tuck, patients typically have to wait about a year for skin and tissue to settle, and also for the swelling to go down. The results won’t be fully apparent until that time. This wait can sometimes cause a certain amount of anxiety for patients, but typically they are happy with the end results of their first procedure when they finally do see them. If a patient does notice a problem, the first step is to look into finding a provider. Sometimes complications and dissatisfactory results are a product of incompetence or a lack of communication between a surgeon and the patient. In this case, it might be a good idea to find another provider who can undo what’s already been done. Once a patient has found the right person for the job, they will undergo an extensive consultation. Patients should tell the doctor every detail, and make sure that that the doctor understands their specific aesthetic goals. These goals will be taken into account along with the results of testing, imaging, examinations, and any preexisting conditions or medications the patient may be taking. All of these various factors will be used to create an individual treatment plan.