Submit your question below about any cosmetic procedure to be considered for posting with an answer from one of our board-certified plastic surgeons.

If your question is about the cost of a procedure, click here. For referral to a qualified surgeon in your area, see find a surgeon.

Note: ASAPS cannot give advice about specific medical problems nor should answers provided by responding surgeons be substituted for a complete medical history, work-up and an in-personal medical/surgical consultation. Sorry we can't answer all questions. We try to select questions that have the widest general interest.

What is involved in a tummy tuck with artificial dermis inserted?

Q:

I had a mini tummy tuck 21 months ago with muscle tightening. The tightening did not work and my stomach still bulged every time I ate or drank anything. The operation was repeated 9 months ago and I'm still having the same problem. I look 4 to 5 months pregnant every time I eat. My surgeon has suggested having another operation to tighten the muscles by using an artificial dermis (from a pig I believe) as he didn't want to use mesh due to risk of infection etc. Does anybody know anything about this or had it done, any ideas on cost? Thanks.

A:

Reinforcement of a weakened abdominal wall is similar to hernia repair. It sounds like your surgeon believes that reinforcement is necessary, and an acellular dermal matrix such as Strattice is a natural alternative. It is used often for hernia repairs and so it makes sense to consider it for a tummy tuck where additional support is needed. It is transformed over time into your own tissue.

Richard A. Baxter, M.D.
Mountlake Terrace, WA

Related Questions

Copyright © 2009-2012 ASAPS. All Rights Reserved.