October 28, 2022 | Surgical Procedure, Tummy Tuck

How to Fix a Botched Tummy Tuck with Revision Surgery

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Overview of Botched Plastic Surgery

Botched surgery refers to a surgical procedure that results in an outcome that is less than satisfactory for the patient. This can range from minor complications or dissatisfaction with the cosmetic results to severe disfigurement or even life-threatening complications. Tummy tucks, also known as abdominoplasty, is a common type of cosmetic surgery that can be botched.

In a tummy tuck procedure, excess skin and fat are removed from the abdominal area, and the muscles are tightened so that they look more healthy and fit. However, if the procedure is not performed correctly, the patient may be left with uneven or asymmetrical results, excessive scarring, infection, or even nerve damage. In some cases, the procedure may need to be revised or corrected through reconstructive surgery.

Reconstructive surgery is a type of plastic surgery. The goal of the surgery is to improve the function of a body part or to make it better in some way. In the case of a botched tummy tuck, reconstructive surgery may be needed to correct any problems. This may include nerve damage, too much scarring, or uneven or asymmetrical results.

To avoid the risk of a botched tummy tuck, it is important to choose a plastic surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery like Dr. Ali Sadeghi of Sadeghi Center for Plastic Surgery. It is also important to have realistic expectations and to fully understand the risks and potential complications associated with the procedure.

Options for Correcting Issues with Tummy Tuck Surgery

If you are not satisfied with the results of your tummy tuck surgery, you may be wondering how to correct the issues. Tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the abdominal area and tightens the muscles in the abdominal wall. It is commonly performed on individuals with an “apple shape” body, which is characterized by a larger amount of fat stored in the abdominal area.

If you have an apple shaped body and are considering a tummy tuck, it is important to understand that the procedure is not meant for weight loss and will not address excess fat or body fat in other areas of the body. Its purpose is to remove excess skin and fat from the abdominal area and tighten the muscles in the abdominal wall to create a smoother and more toned appearance.

If you are unhappy with your tummy tuck results, there are several options to consider. One option is to have a revision surgery, where the surgeon can address any issues in the abdominal area. This may include removing additional excess skin or fat, or tightening the muscles in the abdominal wall. Another option is to address excess skin or fat through other methods, such as diet and exercise or liposuction. It is important to speak with a qualified plastic surgeon to determine the best course of action for your specific needs.

What are the Signs Of A Botched Tummy Tuck?

You had a tummy tuck so that you could have that flat tummy you’ve always dreamed of and finally get back some of your confidence…

Of course, you go into your tummy tuck hoping that it’s done right the first time around.

But what happens when it doesn’t turn out right?

There are a few tell-tale signs of a tummy tuck gone wrong:

  1. The shape of your abdomen: The whole point of a tummy tuck is to give you that smooth, slender shape. But if you aren’t happy with your silhouette after your tummy tuck, that’s a sign that it has gone wrong. If you feel like your shape is now uneven or bumpy, it may be time to consider a revision surgery to correct this and give you that shape you want.
  1. The position of your navel: Another tell-tale sign of a botched tummy tuck is the position of your navel. Your surgeon will need to reposition your navel during surgery, and if it’s too high, too low, or even lopsided, that’s a sign that your tummy tuck has been done incorrectly. But don’t worry! You won’t need a second tummy tuck to fix this.
  1. The position of your scar: If done correctly, the scar from your tummy tuck should be low enough that it can be hidden by your underwear, making it easy to hide and discrete. Some people find that their scars have been placed too high, leaving them harder to hide (which is no good when you want to show off your new flat tummy!)

What Can I Do If I Had A Botched Tummy Tuck?

If you have an abdominoplasty and are not happy with the results, or you think the procedure was not done properly, you don’t have to learn to live with it.

You can go back to the surgeon who carried out the tummy tuck procedure.

Any decent surgeon will be happy to help you if you are unhappy with the results.

But, if you do not want to go under the knife again with a surgeon who you feel did not do the job correctly, you can look elsewhere.

Surgeons all over the world offer tummy tuck revision surgeries.

If you were unsatisfied with your results the first time around, this is your next best option!

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How Can You Avoid a Botched Tummy Tuck?

Like all surgeries, it’s best to take every precaution possible to make sure your tummy tuck is done properly the first time to avoid additional surgeries.

You want to walk out of that surgeon’s office with your best tummy yet the first time around!

  • Take care when choosing your surgeon: The truth is, some surgeons are better than others. It pays off to check their credentials, experience, and any reviews you can before making your decision. A decent cosmetic surgeon will be happy to provide you with this. If they are not, it’s time to turn the other way and look for an alternative surgeon.
  • Recovery and preparation: Like all other surgeries, tummy tucks come with a list of do’s and don’ts before and after your procedure. Adhering to the instructions given to you by your surgeon will help you to get the best outcome possible. 

Here are a few steps you can make to avoid a bad tummy tuck:

This includes taking the right amount of time off work, following the right diet, and stopping smoking, just to name a few.

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How to Fix a Botched Tummy Tuck

A lot of people opt for a tummy tuck because they are unhappy or unconfident with their abdomens.

And when a tummy tuck is done incorrectly, it can make the problem worse.

But here’s the good news:

You don’t have to settle for hiding an unsightly scar or wearing baggy clothes to disguise a misshapen stomach area.

If you still desire that smooth, slim tummy, the answer is simple:

You’re looking for a tummy tuck revision surgery!

A tummy tuck revision is a surgery that is designed to improve the appearance of your tummy after a surgery that did not leave you with the results you wanted.

This doesn’t mean you have to have a totally botched tummy tuck to need a revision.

You could undergo a second surgery to improve the appearance of scars or to change the positioning of your belly button.

These types of revisions tend to be less invasive than a full tummy tuck.

Reasons to Get A Revision Tummy Tuck

Revision tummy tuck surgery is perfect for you if:

  • You weren’t happy with your results the first time around: If you felt unsatisfied by your first tummy tuck, it may be time to consider a revision. You may opt for an abdominoplasty that also includes liposuction if the results aren’t as smooth and slender as you first hoped they would be.
  • You unexpectedly fall pregnant after your tummy tuck: Women are advised not to have a tummy tuck until they are done having children. But if you are pregnant after your tummy tuck, although it is not dangerous, pregnancy stretches your skin and you may require a revision to put it right.
  • You have lost or gained weight: Maintaining a stable weight after a tummy tuck is important, but we all know how unpredictable our weights can be. Additional abdominoplasty can help you to eliminate the loose skin that you may end up with after losing weight, or fix the skin that stretches if you gain weight.
  • To improve the scar: If your scar was placed too high up the first time around, a tummy tuck revision can help reposition it to the lower abdomen where it should be. A revision can also be useful if you want to improve the appearance of a thick, dark, or raised scar and have a fine, white scar line instead.

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