Tummy Tuck with Prior Abdominal Scars
Abdominoplasty in patients with prior abdominal surgical scars can be challenging. Some scars can alter the proper blood flow to the healing incisions and lead to wound healing problems and tissue necrosis. Midline scars of the lower abdomen can be completely eliminated in most patients while upper abdominal scars, above the umbilicus cannot be eliminated but may be transposed to the lower abdomen. This 23-year-old mother of 2 children had a large umbilical hernia repair performed in the past with a piece of mesh. She had a significant scar of the upper abdomen and almost no bellybutton. She could feel the sutures from the mesh placement through her thin abdomen. She desired abdominoplasty to improve her contour and scarring
She underwent full abdominoplasty and had a significant diastases that required repair. In fact patients with large diastases will often have an associated umbilical hernia and mesh placement alone will not address the diastases. Her procedure was quite challenging as the blood supply to the umbilicus was marginal but she had a successful outcome. Her depressed upper abdominal scarring Was nearly eliminated or improved. She still has scars but there in a much better location. Her scars will improve with time and the use of silicone gel products.