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I had a tummy tuck combined with a hernia surgery 18 years ago. I have two scars from...

Q:

I had a tummy tuck combined with a hernia surgery 18 years ago. I have two scars from the procedure, one that is vertical and the other horizontal. It looks like my lower stomach is separated in two. The scars aren’t that large; however some fat protrudes around them and the appearance of my abdomen really bothers me. Can anything be done to correct this?

A:

18 years is a long time.  Is this a very recent change?? ... a gradual change?? ... any pain?? Without the benefit of an exam, my guess is that the scars may be tethered to the deeper tissues and if you gained any weight in the last 18 years, like most people do, liposuction alone may reduce the protrusion.  The recovery from that would be substantially less than a tummy tuck.  The alternative would be to combine liposuction with a possible revision of the scars.  Discuss this with your surgeon at the time of your consultation.  Thank you for your question.

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