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Tummy Tuck Revision in Houston, TX

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What is Tummy Tuck Revision?

Thousands of men and women in Houston, TX have undergone a powerful, transformative procedure known as the tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). While the majority of patients are pleased with their outcomes, some people may have reasons to pursue revision procedures to improve their results, address surgical complications, or make some adjustments due to post-procedure weight changes. Dr. Rolando Morales is a board-certified plastic surgeon who performs tummy tuck revision surgery to restore a natural-appearing abdomen and body. Call one of our offices in Houston, TX, or fill out our online form to request a consultation at Dr. Morales Plastic Surgery.

Is Tummy Tuck Revision Right for Me?

To be considered for tummy tuck revision, patients usually have one or more of the following reasons:

  • Weight gain or loss after the procedure
    Weight gain or loss can affect the results of the procedure in various ways. Weight gain can result in a fuller-appearing abdomen and waistline. Alternatively, weight loss can result in excess skin. Both can effectively reverse the initial results of the tummy tuck.

  • Scarring
    In some cases, the placement of the scar may be incorrect. In others, the scar may be too thick or wide. Finally, some patients choose to undergo tummy tuck revision due to a scar that did not heal properly.

  • Pregnancy after a tummy tuck
    Having more children after a tummy tuck can stretch out the muscles and soft tissue of the abdomen. Depending on the amount of weight gained during the pregnancy, some of these changes may need to be addressed with a revision tummy tuck.

How is Tummy Tuck Revision Performed?

A tummy tuck revision will be performed by Dr. Morales in an outpatient setting while you are under general anesthesia. The procedure time will depend on the issues that need to be addressed. In many ways, it is a reconstructive procedure. We will usually attempt to follow the original incision in order to avoid further scarring. However, we can use advanced techniques to lower, raise, or extend the scar in order to enhance its appearance and placement. During this time, we may use liposuction to remove excess fat that was not removed during the initial procedure, or we may reshape or reposition the belly button if necessary. The surgical plan and recovery for the procedure will be explained in detail with Dr. Morales before and after the procedure. Depending on what all is involved in your surgical plan, your treatment could last anywhere from 2 – 6 hours. Depending on the complexity of the revision surgery and any additional procedures performed, Dr. Morales may discharge you the same day or recommend a night in the surgicenter overnight recovery suites.

What Results Can I Expect from Tummy Tuck Revision?

Once you are home, you will likely experience the same or more discomfort than your previous tummy tuck. Swelling and bruising are expected, and a detailed recovery plan is given prior to your discharge. Dr. Morales will want you to ambulate frequently to reduce the risk of blood clots. Our team will discuss your resumption of normal activities, work, and exercise during your post-operative appointments. Most patients return to work within 2 – 3 weeks of the procedure.

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Can tummy tuck revision improve the appearance of scars?

Generally, we can make every effort to enhance the way the existing scar looks. However, this can depend on a number of factors, including the amount of skin around the scar and the presence of internal scarring in the area.

Do I have to have diastasis repair again during tummy tuck revision?

In most cases, the muscles themselves will not be revised unless there is a history of pregnancy, weight gain/loss, or a concern that there has been laxity of the abdominal wall.

Can I combine other procedures with tummy tuck revision?

Revision tummy tucks often include additional procedures to improve the overall aesthetic of the body. Liposuction is the most common additional procedure performed to reduce the waistline and overall figure. Breast surgery is also frequently performed in conjunction with the revision.

Will I have more pain during tummy tuck revision than my initial procedure?

Discomfort after a revision is dependent on the amount of scar tissue encountered and the degree of the reconstruction required. Dr. Morales frequently uses a long-term local anesthetic called Exparel to reduce the discomfort after the procedure and decrease the number of pain medications required during the recovery process.

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