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After a Full Tummy Tuck, How Long Before the Skin Tightness and Uneveness Goes Away?

I had my full TT and lipo 7 weeks ago. I still feel extrem tightness and uneven skin to the point of not being comfortable with out my garment and not being able to wear a bra because it hurts too much on my rib cage. When does it go away?? anything I can do to improve the situation.?

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How long before skin tightness goes away after a tummy tuck?


Patients whp receive this procedure should expect a significant recovery process. This can include swelling, bruising, discomfort, and uneven areas. These symptoms commonly arise because of swelling throughout this area that every patient may experience differently. In our practice, we feel that it is important to give every patient to garments after their surgery. These garments help manage the swelling and provide welcome support for the patients. We typically recommend that our patients use these garments up to four months after their surgery. If you continue to have swelling seven weeks after your procedure, that may very well be normal. Your best bet is to inform your plastic surgeon of your concerns and let him or her evaluate your abdomen to determine if the swelling is expected or if additional treatment is necessary.

Miami Plastic Surgeon
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Tighness after abdominoplasty & liposuction


Your concern is common and takes time to resolve. It may take 3 to 6 months before you feel an improvement. For now, discuss this with your plastic surgeon and ask if it is OK to start a stretching program and massage the area.

Karol A. Gutowski, MD, FACS
Ohio Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy tuck recovery time


It may take several months (6) for the tightness to resolve.  If the unevenness is due to swelling or scarring one would anticipate slow improvement over 6 months to 1 year.  Liposuction can cause contour irregularities that may improve but no necessarily resolve with time.

Robert Sleightholm, MD
Brampton Plastic Surgeon
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At 7 weeks you should start feeling a bit better. The swelling will slowly go away and the skin will eventually soften up a bit, but this varies from patient to patient.

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Tightness after a tummy tuck.


It is not unusual to take a good 3-6 months to be fully recovered including the scars maturing.  Some patients find it quite annoying to have the numbness on the abdominal skin, but this usually improves.  Speak to your plastic surgeon.  Especially after a TT and lipo just the healing from the lipo often takes 3-4 months so be patient.  Good luck.

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