Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery in Santa Monica

About Tummy Tuck Scar Revision

In receiving a tummy tuck, the first priority for most patients is achieving a smooth tummy with no baggy, excess skin. As a very close second priority, many patients are concerned with the resultant scar, wanting to ensure it is as invisible as possible. For patients who previously received an unsatisfactory tummy tuck and have a noticeable scar, Dr. Karamanoukian is well versed in tummy tuck scar revision. He has performed countless procedures on a variety of cases, giving him the know-how and level of care to help you get the beautiful result you were seeking the first time. Patients are assured of receiving excellent tummy tuck scar revision results.

On the page below, we review tummy tuck scars and other resultant deformities that may require tummy tuck revision surgery, helping you to understand that help is available. Please read at your leisure or call our office with any questions.

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A Brief Introduction to Tummy Tuck Scar Revision

A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure to remove excess skin on the abdomen, usually following significant weight loss or pregnancy. There’s no question that a tummy tuck is a major surgery, requiring unrelenting surgical competence and artistic merit. Unfortunately, some tummy tucks result in scars or other deformities that must then be corrected, requiring another surgery (tummy tuck scar revision surgery). In such a case, you must find a surgeon who is exceptionally talented, who can successfully navigate through a previous surgeon’s work and get it corrected.

Here to provide high-quality abdominoplasty scar removal, Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian is a surgeon who not only understands the nuances of tummy tuck scars, he also has the surgical capability to help patients get the results they deserved the first time around. With his caring, competent approach to tummy tuck scar treatment in his Los Angeles office, patients regularly report complete satisfaction with beautiful results. Please call us today to find out how we can help with your tummy tuck scar treatment.

Two types of tummy tuck scars

In his many years of tummy tuck scar removal, Dr. Karamanoukian has corrected two primary types of scar deformities:

Primary Incision Scar

During a tummy tuck, the primary incision is made horizontally across the abdomen. It is subsequently seen as a horizontal scar right above the pubic region, often extending from hip to hip, and is sometimes longer. Because the incision is very long, it is important that it is placed as low as possible, while being as thin and low profile as possible.

Belly button scar

When excess skin is removed from the abdomen during a tummy tuck, there is often a rearrangement of where the remaining skin is located. Because of this, an incision is made to accommodate the belly button. The resultant scar is circular, around the belly button. Because belly buttons are indented, this scar can often be well hidden.

There are many variations of both scar types, prompting a need for a superior surgeon to help patients find relief. Your revision surgeon must be experienced, skilled and empathetic in his approach to helping you alleviate unsightly scars. With a reputation for delivering the most effective tummy tuck scar removal Los Angeles and Santa Monica have to offer, Dr. Karamanoukian may be the perfect fit to correct your tummy tuck scars. To find out more or to schedule an appointment, please call our office today.

Tummy Tuck Scar Revision

Five common reasons patients need tummy tuck revision

1. General dissatisfaction

When patients choose to undergo an elective cosmetic procedure, they invariably have expectations concerning the outcome. If the surgeon and patient have not reached an understanding, or if the surgeon simply doesn’t deliver what he promised, patients will be unhappy with their results. In such a case, tummy tuck revision will be required in order to achieve the ideal result.

2. Epigastric bulge

A tummy tuck is frequently done because a pregnancy has stretched the interior abdominal wall muscles, causing them to bulge outward. An epigastric bulge simply means these muscles continue to bulge underneath the skin, causing a bulky, uneven appearance in the stomach. An epigastric bulge after a tummy tuck means the surgeon was not thorough enough, prompting a secondary surgery.

3. Lingering deformities

The purpose of a tummy tuck is to achieve total smoothness and even contours. Sometimes there are residual deformities that are left over, either because the surgeon missed them or was simply unable to get them corrected.

  • Such deformities include:
  • Inadequate tissue removal, which is frequently due to poor surgical planning. A revision surgery will be required to remove the remaining tissue.
  • Dog ears, which occur when tissue bunches up while the incision is being closed.
  • Residual fat deposits, which cause the abdomen and pubic area to appear disproportionate. Tummy tucks frequently require accompanying liposuction to get the best result.

4. Belly button deformity

During a tummy tuck, the belly button frequently needs to be replaced, prompting a secondary incision to accommodate it. When total care is not taken, the belly button can appear deformed or unnatural following a tummy tuck. It may look elongated, enlarged, or have an obvious scar on its circumference. Whatever the case may be, patients with a belly button deformity should seek revision.

5. Scar enlargement and malposition

As one of the most common reasons for tummy tuck revision, the resultant scar may appear overly large. It may also be positioned too high on the stomach, preventing patients from wearing swimsuits or other tummy-bearing garments. To give his patients the most thorough tummy tuck scar removal Los Angeles and Santa Monica have available, Dr. Karamanoukian performs a thorough consultation and reaches an understanding with each patient before proceeding. In this way, he achieves complete patient satisfaction with each procedure delivered.

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Meet Dr. Karamanoukian

If you were looking for the best tummy tuck Los Angeles offers, but instead received subpar results with distracting scars, tummy tuck scar revision may be right for you. For patients in need of tummy tuck scar revision in Santa Monica, there are few surgeons more qualified than Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian. He is double board certified, meaning he has proven talent and experience backing up each procedure he delivers. When it comes to correcting your tummy tuck scars, Dr. Karamanoukian can uphold every surgical standard to keep you looking and feeling your very best. First and foremost, this extends to the safety aspect of your procedure. Second, it extends to the cosmetic excellence of your tummy tuck scar correction, ensuring that your results fulfill everything agreed upon.

Each tummy tuck scar revision takes place in a surgical suite that is fully accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). Whether your particular procedure requires general anesthesia or simply conscious sedation, Dr. Karamanoukian uses a handpicked, board-certified anesthesiologist to look after this aspect of your tummy tuck scar revision. In this way, he delivers safe tummy tuck scar treatment to his patients in Santa Monica.