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Numbness 15 Months After Tummy Tuck

Is it normal to still have numbness after your tummy tuck? It has been 15 months now and I still feel pretty tight?

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Tummy Tuck and Numbness?


Thank you for the question.

Yes, numbness of the abdominal wall is to be expected after tummy tuck surgery. This may persist for many years and may be permanent in some locations.

I hope this helps.

San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Numbness and tummy tuck


Numbness in some parts of the skin may be pernanent. If your surgery was 15 months ago it is more than likely permanent.

Steven Wallach, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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Numbness after tummy tuck


It is quite normal to have a small area of permanent numbness that extends from the belly button (umbilicus) down to the pubic hairline in the shape of a triangle

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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It is very normal to have numbness after a tummy tuck.  It will gradually decrease over time but you will probably be left with some areas of permanent numbness.  Remember it does take time to heal and don't expect to see the final results including the scar maturing for up to 6 months to a year.

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Numbness after a tummy tuck is normal and can even be permanent.  This is not usually the case but after 3 years of healing you won't get much more felling back.  You are not there so be patient with this which is the slowest part of the healing process. 

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