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What is the goal of revision abdominoplasty?

The goal of a revision abdominoplasty is to firm and contour the stomach, correct unsightly scarring and/or an unsatisfactory belly button, and restore the area to a better appearance. Patients who undergo this procedure often experience a much improved self-image and better quality of life. 

Why get a second tummy tuck?

When you get a tummy tuck, ideally your results last forever. However, there are many things that can happen to create the need for a second tummy tuck (revision abdominoplasty). Some of the most common reasons for patients seeking this procedure include:

  • Results from the first surgery have been altered by pregnancy
  • Scars that are too high, too obvious, or awkward
  • Weight fluctuation had a negative effect on the results
  • The tummy tuck was done without liposuction
  • There are residual fat deposits
  • Cosmetic belly button issues
  • The muscle wall wasn’t tightened enough
  • Inadequate skin or tissue removal 

The importance of choosing a specialist

When it comes to revision abdominoplasty, it can be a tricky process. There will be scar tissue from the first surgery to deal with, and because it may be unclear exactly what the first surgeon did, it requires a lot of skill and experience to correct their mistakes. 

Dr. Rian Maercks is a board-certified cosmetic surgery specialist in Miami who has the ability to do this. When seeking revision tummy tuck surgery, it is of the utmost important to select only the best surgeon to address your concerns. The last thing you want is to be unsatisfied twice.  

How is a revision abdominoplasty done?

Revision abdominoplasty is typically done with the patient under general anesthesia, but each case will vary. With a tummy tuck revision, any extra skin is removed and the muscles of the abdomen are tightened. If you’re unhappy with the scars from your previous tummy tuck, these can also usually be addressed. The procedure typically takes 2 to 5 hours to complete.

Recovery and results

The recovery from a revision tummy tuck is similar to the primary tummy tuck, but not as involved. It will often depend on how much muscle tightening was done. In general, the majority of patients return to their regular activities in one week. 

High intensity exercise and heavy lifting can only be resumed once Dr. Maercks advises it (typically around 4 to 6 weeks). Bruising and swelling should be much better at two weeks, and final results should be apparent at six months. 

The Maercks Institute for revision abdominoplasty in Miami

If you’ve undergone a tummy tuck and are not happy with the results, a revision abdominoplasty may be a great option for you. The best way to determine if this procedure is right for your needs is to schedule a consultation with us. The Maercks Institute is a high-profile, Miami-based surgical center that offers a variety of advanced techniques for surgical procedures. President and medical director Dr. Rian Maercks is a board-certified cosmetic, plastic, and reconstructive surgery specialist with a unique combination of specialized expertise in cosmetic breast and body procedures. Since opening The Maercks Institute in 2009, he has changed the lives of thousands of patients, and he is able to design a treatment plan that is ideal for your aesthetic needs and goals. Dr. Maercks’s vision and experienced judgement and attention to detail centers on what is best for you. 

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