Lawrence Tong, M.D., FACS, FRCSC
I've just had a tummy tuck. Is it normal for the surgeon to cut farther around than hip to hip?
Yes, it may be perfectly normal to have a tummy tuck scar that extends beyond hip to hip. The length of the tummy tuck incision depends on the amount of excess skin that a patient has. Someone who has more excess skin will generally have a longer scar. The reason is that the tissue removed needs to be designed with tapered ends. Designing it this way prevents the skin from bunching up at the ends (creating dogears). With a large amount of skin removal, the tapering needs to extend out further, resulting in a longer scar.
Lawrence Tong, MD, F A C S
I had breast augmentation over a year ago. I have some bottoming out in my right breast. I have gone online and determined that this is not the worst case of bottoming out that I have seen. I do however have pain and discomfort in this breast? I can't go without wearing a bra - if I do the pain gets worse and the implant feels very heavy and uncomfortable. What do you advise?
How large are your breast implants? Heavy implants may also cause discomfort, regardless of whether bottoming out is present. If your left breast is also uncomfortable without the bra, I suspect that the weight of the implant may be part of the problem. Discuss your concerns with your plastic surgeon to have a proper assessment.
Lawrence Tong, MD, FACS FRCSC