“Sad but True,” – Dr.Fisher Responds

“Can the scars from previous my operation be eliminated by a new surgery?” (Fiona B., Montebello)

Perhaps surprisingly, yes. Scars in the abdominal area (and this also applies to stretch marks) can be entirely eliminated by a skilled surgeon. I have done hundreds, if not thousands of operations where the substantial reason the patient expressed for the surgery was that she, in many cases he, wanted to improve the results of a previous surgery.

Usually, the main objective is to be economical while remaining efficient and equally esthetic. This means finding a fair proportion between maximum gain and maximum loss, so to speak. If there is still excess or mal-distributed fat in the area or perhaps lax or over-hanging skin, the main objective is to eradicate those. This objective must be viewed in proportion to the overall bodytype and size of the patient. Sometimes, even a master surgeon, such as myself, finds it almost impossible to remove entirely evidence of an improperly performed surgical procedure.

The tummy tuck operation itself may also be done in such a way as to remove scars or stretch marks. However, the higher the position of the scar, the more difficult it is to deal with it. It is also generally known that scars heal worse in smokers, not to mention people who use drugs. Scars interfere with the blood supply to the skin in general and sometimes may severely complicate a subsequent or reparative tummy tuck. There is no rule of thumb on this issue here.

Every reparative operation is a compromise of esthetic and pragmatic nature. A personal consultation is absolutely necessary. Unfortunately, many people look at cost of the surgery rather than the skills of the surgeon. In most cases, saving $500 or $1,000 in the short run, will cost you ten times that much in the long run. It is sad but – true.

 

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