A mother of 4 in her later 40’s who is bothered by bulging and laxity of her stomach in clothing and in a two-piece bathing suit. She is shown before and again, nearly 6 months after an abdominoplasty. EXPAREL was used to limit her pain and need for narcotics after surgery.
Her case illustrates the importance of proper scar placement, putting the scar in a “thong” position even if it means a vertical slit scar is needed in the lower abdomen from the opening that is made around the umbilicus as the skin is pulled down. The alternative would be to put the entire scar higher where it would be visible on the abdomen. Scars typically become redder and thicker for 6 weeks and then begin to fade and improve over the next 2 years or longer. At nearly 6 months the scar still has some redness but is improving with topical silicone.
An RN mother of 4 in her later 50’S who was bothered by a roll of her abdomen in clothes as well as in a one-piece bathing suit. She was 5’2 and 166 lbs, In addition to bulging of the muscle wall from pregnancy she fatty layer was thicker as well with a caliper pinch of 5 cm ( 3 cm or less is ideal). She elected for a lipo-abdominoplasty which combined liposuction with and a abdominoplasty. She is shown before and again, 6 ½ years after the removal of 1850 cc of fat with liposuction and the excision of skin and fat weighing 1488 grams ( 3 1/3 lbs). She actually feels comfortable wearing a 2-piece bathing suit now! Scars typically get redder and thicker for 6 weeks and then fade and improve over the next 2-3 years. A close-up of her scar is shown at 6 ½ years.
A mother of 2 in her mid 50’s who is bothered by rolls of skin in her abdomen which are difficult to hide in fitted clothing. She is 5’4 ½ and 147 lbs and is shown before and again, 4 months after an extended abdominoplasty. Her scar is low, in a thong position, and a periumbilical hollow and “champagne groove” above the umbilicus were sculpted at the time of her surgery. Exparel was used to decrease her need for narcotics after surgery.
Although swelling will continue to improve for 6 months after abdominoplasty she is already thrilled with her improvement.
Update: Our patient is seen again 16 months after her surgery. The sculpting of the abdominal flaps is seen with a beautiful “champagne groove” and hollow around the umbilicus giving the abdomen and even more beautiful appearance after surgery.
A mother of 3 in her early to mid 30’s who is bothered by the appearance of her bulging and excess skin of her abdomen after pregnancies. She is 5’ 4 ½ “ and 148 lbs. She is shown before and again, 4 months after an abdominoplasty. Her scars are hidden in a “thong” position and will continue to improve over the next 18 months. There is typically still a little swelling in the lower abdomen that will resolve by 6 months after surgery. She is absolutely thrilled with her result and is looking forward to wearing a two piece bathing suit again. And she tells me that she is wearing fitted clothes again that she has not been able to wear for years.
Update: Our patient is now seen 1 year after her surgery. The scars have continued to fade and she has an excellent contour.
A mother of 3 in her early 30’s who is bothered by the appearance of her abdomen. She had hyper emesis through her pregnancy which caused her to develop a large umbilical hernia She would like to be able to wear a 2 piece bathing suit again, as well as fitting better in fitted clothing. She is shown before and again, 2 1/1 months after surgery. She is already wearing a 2 piece bathing suit. Scars are at their reddest and thickest at 6 weeks after surgery and then typically fade and improve over the next 2 years. Her scar has been hidden in a “thong” position where is can be hidden by most clothing styles. Patients typically have swelling of the abdomen after surgery that continues to improve for the first 6 momths. She is already thrilled with her early result.
A mother of 3 and a medical professional who is in her mid 40’s and who was bothered by skin hanging over her pants and the stretch marks of the skin. She had a painful umbilical hernia as well. She is shown before and again, 3 years after an extended abdominoplasty with a correction of her umbilical hernia by general surgery at the same time. She is 5’5” and was 150 lbs before her surgery. 1089 gms of skin were removed at the time of surgery (454 gms in a pound, so 2.4 lbs).
Since that time she has become active in fitness competitions and has lost additional weight, now being 136 lbs. She shared some photos from her recent competition and gave us permission to share these. She told us that she received many compliments from her fellow contestants on her abdomen and also on the placement of her abdominoplasty scar. They were amazed that it was low enough to be able to hide it with a thong!. I feel it is important to place the abdominoplasty scar in a thong position where it is low enough to be hidden by yoga pants or hip hugger pants, but high enough on the sides to still be hidden by a French-cut bathing suit. The umbilical stalk is kept short to try and keep the scar around the umbilicus hidden on the inside.
A 39 yo mother of 3 who was bothered by a “roll” of abdominal skin as well as by the appearance of the abdominal skin and bulging of the abdomen after pregnancies. She is shown before and again, 2 years after an extended abdominoplasty. A hernia of her umbilicus was repaired by general surgery at the same time. EXPAREL was used to decrease her need for narcotics after surgery. Progressive tension sutures were used to decrease her risk of seroma formation. Her scar is placed low, in a “thong” position. She is thrilled with the dramatic improvement of her stomach, and is happily wearing a 2-piece bathing suit again!
A mother of 3 in her mid 30’s who is bothered by the appearance of her abdomen after pregnancy. She has an umbilical hernia and bulging of the abdominal wall as well as excess skin.
She is shown before and again, just 6 weeks after an abdominoplasty. Her umbilical hernia was corrected by general surgery at the same time. Her abdominal wall muscles that were stretched from her pregnancy was repaired during the abdominplasty and the excess skin was excised. A “champagne groove” was fashioned in the fat above the umbilicus and a beautiful hollow was sculpted around the umbilicus. EXPAREL was used to limit her need for narcotics and pain medication after surgery. Her scar is placed in a “thong” position where it is low enough to be hidden by a thong or by yoga pants or most clothing styles. There is typically still swelling of the abdomen that will resolve over the next 6 months. And the scars are at the reddest and thickest at 6 weeks and will now begin to fade and improve over the next 2 years or longer. She is thrilled with her early improvement.
A mother of 2 in her late 40’s who lost 40 lbs following her pregnancies and is bothered by excess skin and bulging of her abdomen. She is shown just before and again, 5 months after an extended abdominoplasty. Her umbilicus is brought back to the midline while repairing her diastasis and bulging of the abdominal muscles by means of a “plumbline” suture. EXPAREL was used to limit her need for narcotics after surgery. She is just back from a cruise, where she was able to wear a bikini, and loves the new appearance of her stomach.
A mother of 3 in her early 50’s who is bothered by bulging and rolls of the abdomen> She has had previous laparoscopic gallbladder surgery. She is 5’6 and 146 lbs. Her photos are shown before and again, 11 months after surgery. Her case is made more challenging by a higher position of her umbilicus. In a normal abdominoplasty when the skin is elevated up to the rib cage and then pulled down like a window-shade and removed, the skin that was around the umbilicus is completed removed and falls below the abdominoplasty scar. But in this case, when the abdominal skin is elevated and pulled down like a window shade, the slit of the scar from around the umbilicus sits higher and is closed as a small vertical ( up and down) scar, allowing the abdominoplasty scar to stay low, in a “thong” position where it is hidden by most clothing styles. An alternative procedure when the umbilicus is high is an umbilical “float” where the umbilicus is detached at its base and pulled down slightly lower-but this does not work as well when the upper abdominal skin is also loose because the “sheet” of skin is not able to be pulled as tight.
In cases such as here, it is better to keep the abdominoplasty scar in the “thong” position where it is low enough to be hidden by yoga pants and bikini bottoms, and accept a small vertical slit scar that shows, rather than putting the entire scar higher where it cannot be hidden.