Tummy Tuck

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am interested in getting some initial information about a tummy tuck and breast lifts. I also sustained an injury to one buttock, leaving a large dent of scar tissue that I would like to have repaired if possible.

A: There are numerous types of tummy tuck surgery (eight to be exact) and breast lifts (four to be exact) so it is impossible for me to say which type of tummy tuck and breast lifts would be best for you. I am also unsure what your buttock deformity looks like although I could imagine. The good thing is that that tissue from the tummy tuck (dermal-fat graft) or fat injections from any liposuction can be used for reconstruction of the buttock indentation. I could provide you with more specifics about these procedures if I knew what you looked like. You could do that by sending in some pictures of your abdomen and breasts. Otherwise I would have to see you in the office to know exactly what you need.

A tummy tuck, breast lifts and buttock fat grafting could all be done in a single operation which would allow for just one recovery. The tummy tuck is usually what requires the most recovery. The recovery from other procedures falls well within that of the tummy tuck recovery period.

Dr. Barry Eppley
Indianapolis, Indiana