Tummy muscle line not centered/fat still


After a tummy tuck in 2008 and two very minor revisions of a scar, a fat ridge is re-appearing along the scar despite regular exercise. After the surgery the muscle line above the new navel veered in a bend slightly to one side. Can the line be straightened without major re-operation? I wonder whether it would not be better to remove more skin. Skin is tight when I am lying down.


 Revisional/ Corrective Surgery requires data and an examination to be performed. Consider obtaining copies of your operative reports & seek out a consult with one of the many members of the ASAPS in your area. They are experts in Revisional/ Corrective Surgery. Best,


Gary R Culbertson, MD, FACS


Thank you for your question.  Your tummy tuck was performed at least 6 years ago and the results will change over time as you age and your body naturally changes.  Even though you exercise regularly, fat can still accumulate as you body slows as you age.  The fat ridge is a result of this and not a problem with the surgery.  The line above the belly button can not be changed with out re operation.  Cutting out more skin below the belly button will not change the line above the navel.  A consultation with a plastic surgeon would be my best advice to discuss your options.  Good luck. 

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