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3rd Tummy tuck after recurrent diastais

I have had 1 pregnancy (twins) that went full term. I was left with extra skin and diastasis. In Dec 2010 I had a FTT w/MR. Dr said he closed a 2.5 to 3 inch gap. It was obvious very early on that something wasn't right. At my 2wk post appt dr thought that I might have broken some sutures b/c I had a bulge. A little over 3 months later I had a revision to fix what my dr thought was an undone MR. When he got in there none of my stitches had come undone. They were all just like he left them. He was able to tighten me up another 3 to 4 inches! After the second sx I definitely felt different and could tell that I was tight. I thought the second TT would work. 2 days post op I had a bulge. I have once again become lax. My belly button was tacked down to create an innie and if wasn't I would have a more rounded appearance to my abdomen. When he did the second sx he didn't see anything that would give us a reason for why I am experiencing recurrent diastasis. My dr is saying he has never seen anything like this in his 19 year career. He even encouraged me to go and get some second opinions. I am only 6 weeks post op this time and I'm going to get some other opinions after I am a full 3 months post op.

Any opinions on why this could be happening? I am devastated.

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Plastic surgeon
New York, NY
United States
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May 10, 2011 5:42 PM

You can always get a second opinion, but I see the improvement and You should probably wait and let your body heal and get stabilized.
Exercise patients.
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Plastic surgeon
Beverly Hills, CA
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  Repeated tummy tuck failures
May 6, 2011 12:04 PM

You may just be one of those patients who has a very lax fascia.

Occasionally mesh repairs help to tighten a bit more, but you may be best off accepting how it is, minimizing body (more)
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Plastic surgeon
Miami, FL
United States
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May 6, 2011 6:12 AM

Thanks for the in detail history and photos. I see a "nice" improvement and maybe that is all that can be achieved in your case, I do not know. Yes get other in person opinions. (more)
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