Back/mainly flank swelling near ends of tummy tuck incision 3 months post op. Is this something that will take time to heal?
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Tummy Tuck Incision 'Swelling' At Ends
Flank bulges after tummy tuck
The "fluid flaps" at either end of your incision are unlikely to be fluid if they are ~symmetrical and located at either end of your scar. More likely, they represent residual excess spare skin in the flank region that wasn't removed at the time of your surgery. This is particularly likely if you can still see and grasp them when lying flat on your back. If this is the case then it is likely further surgery will be required to extend your scar slightly and remove the additional skin. If these "flaps" contain a reasonable amount of adipose tissue (fat) then a significant improvement could be expected with liposuction alone, often as a local anaesthetic procedure. Your specialist Plastic Surgeon is the best person to guide you through this process, you're in good hands.
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