A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, can be a transformative procedure that leaves you with a taut tummy and a renewed self-confidence. In some cases, a second or revision procedure may be needed to correct issues from the first surgery or touch up existing work. Revision cases require more skill, and board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Miguel Delgado, is a leader in this field. 

What Is a Revision Tummy Tuck?

A revision tummy tuck, also known as a revision abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure designed to correct issues after an initial tummy tuck procedure. There are many different forms a revision tummy tuck can take depending on the problems with the previous procedure. Depending on the patient’s needs a completely new procedure can be done in which the abdominal walls are retightened, and loose skin is removed. Some patients may not require a completely new procedure and just require smaller fixes such as scar revision.

When Is a Revision Needed?

Even after surgery, our bodies will continue to change. Due to these natural changes, you may find yourself in need of revision surgery. Some of the most common reasons for a revision procedure include a significant weight gain or loss after your first tummy tuck procedure or pregnancy. Some other reasons for a revision include poor healing or just a general lack of satisfaction with the results of the first procedure. The reasons for wanting a correction can also be minor but are primarily based on your contentment with the initial surgery.

Your Consultation With Dr. Delgado

Before your revision surgery, you will have a consultation with Dr. Delgado at either his Marin County or San Francisco office. During this consultation, you will be able to discuss with him the issues of your initial procedure and your goals for the revision surgery. He will do a physical examination of the area to understand the work that was done initially and map out a treatment plan for the subsequent surgery. Dr. Delgado also uses digital photography and computer imaging to give patients an idea of their results. 

How Tummy Tuck Revision Is Performed

One of the initial questions in a tummy tuck revision procedure is how the surgery will be performed. This question is difficult to answer until Dr. Delgado has seen a patient in person for their consultation. The consultation is key in determining the procedure roadmap and seeing the work that was previously done. The procedure could involve a complete new tummy tuck in which the abdominal muscles are tightened and excess skin removed, or liposuction may be used. For those having issues with the belly button placement, an umbilicoplasty may be used. 

What Is the Recovery Time?

The length of recovery will vary from patient to patient and on the extent of the necessary revision work. Tummy tuck procedures often have lengthier recovery periods and will require the patient to be off from work for roughly two weeks. It is essential to plan for your recovery to ensure a safe and smooth healing process.


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Why Choose Dr. Delgado

Dr. Miguel Delgado is a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 30 years of experience. This expertise is what makes him an ideal choice for revision surgeries. Revision plastic surgery is often more challenging than the initial procedure. This is due to the build-up of scar tissue, and the skin is more delicate post-surgery. During your consultation, Dr. Delgado takes the time to answer your questions and walk you through the solutions to your concerns. He also crafts a customized treatment plan to address your specific needs, leaving you feeling confident throughout the surgical process. 


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