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What happens if your skin is pulled too tight during a tummy tuck?

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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Too tight tummy

Pulling the skin too tight can cause a few different problems.
The most concerning issue is compromising the blood supply in the central area below the umbilicus and just above the incision. This can lead to problems healing with tissue death or wound separation or a widened scar.

In brief: Too tight tummy

Pulling the skin too tight can cause a few different problems.
The most concerning issue is compromising the blood supply in the central area below the umbilicus and just above the incision. This can lead to problems healing with tissue death or wound separation or a widened scar.
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 2 tight => ? healing

Excessively taut repairs may compromise blood supply and subsequent healing of the skin.
Excessively taut muscle repairs may produce feelings of difficulty taking a deep breath and in rare situations of abdominal hernias produce compromised respiratory compliance.

In brief: 2 tight => ? healing

Excessively taut repairs may compromise blood supply and subsequent healing of the skin.
Excessively taut muscle repairs may produce feelings of difficulty taking a deep breath and in rare situations of abdominal hernias produce compromised respiratory compliance.
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. Tito Vasquez
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Many problems

Skin that is pulled too tight, no matter where in the body, will causes problems with blood supply to the incision, which eventually causes tissue death and/or infection due to the breakdown in skin integrity.
On the opposite spectrum, scars tend to look worse with tension as well.

In brief: Many problems

Skin that is pulled too tight, no matter where in the body, will causes problems with blood supply to the incision, which eventually causes tissue death and/or infection due to the breakdown in skin integrity.
On the opposite spectrum, scars tend to look worse with tension as well.
Dr. Tito Vasquez
Dr. Tito Vasquez
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Dr. Ricardo Rodriguez
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Tummy Tuck Technique

Making the skin of a tummy tuck too tight can definitely create problems in the recovery period.
You could get wound separation or fluid collections, as in the image. For this reason I use the lockwood technique so that I do not have to use as much tension in the upper layers. Complications can still happen, but much less frequently. Dr. Ricardo rodriguez.

In brief: Tummy Tuck Technique

Making the skin of a tummy tuck too tight can definitely create problems in the recovery period.
You could get wound separation or fluid collections, as in the image. For this reason I use the lockwood technique so that I do not have to use as much tension in the upper layers. Complications can still happen, but much less frequently. Dr. Ricardo rodriguez.
Dr. Ricardo Rodriguez
Dr. Ricardo Rodriguez
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Dr. John Di Saia
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Trouble

A "too tight" tummy tuck can lead to distortion at the very least and wound breakdown or necrosis at the worst.
This is not an operation for a rookie.

In brief: Trouble

A "too tight" tummy tuck can lead to distortion at the very least and wound breakdown or necrosis at the worst.
This is not an operation for a rookie.
Dr. John Di Saia
Dr. John Di Saia
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Dr. Francisco Agullo
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Too tight

Overpulling on the skin during a tummy tuck can cause high riding scars, widened scars or skin necrosis.

In brief: Too tight

Overpulling on the skin during a tummy tuck can cause high riding scars, widened scars or skin necrosis.
Dr. Francisco Agullo
Dr. Francisco Agullo
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