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8 weeks post full TT and look 3 months pregnant! And getting worse? (photo)

I had a full TT 8 weeks ago and don't go in for my 3 month post op for another month. I had no loop and recovered very fast. I am noticing my stomach getting bigger everyday. I have not gained weight, I excersise and eat right. But why does my stomach look like I'm 3-4 months pregnant? I look like this when i wake up and still wear compression garment off and on through out the day. I looked a lot thinner just 2 weeks ago!

Doctor Answers (7)

8 weeks after Tummy Tuck

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You should call and make an appointment to see your PS sooner. This could be a collection of fluid that can be drained. If present, your long term result will be better if taken care of before your next scheduled appoitment


Saint Paul Plastic Surgeon
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Protruding tummy 8 weeks after tummy tuck

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Thank you for your question and photographed.  I agree with other set a seroma must be ruled out.  Collier Dr. and in cyst on being seen now and an ultrasound scan can make a diagnosis.  If you do not have a fluid collection then failure to repair a split muscle called diastases recti could also be the cause.

Brooke R. Seckel, MD, FACS
Boston Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

8 weeks post full TT and look 3 months pregnant! And getting worse?

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We MUST rule out fluid collection vs muscle laxity... This can on,y be accomplished by doing a scan..// 

Darryl J. Blinski, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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You look too slender to have so much fullness in the lower abdomen. Assuming that your bowels are moving well, most likely this is a fluid collection (did you mean you had no drain when you said "loop"??). This is called a seroma and can be drained.

Other possible issues include a disruption of the muscle repair. I would suggest that you call your doctor today and get right in for a check up.

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Dear abby,

From your description and your photos you may have a seroma which is a collection of healing fluid.  The seroma, if present can be drained.  This can be done by placing a drain or by inserting a needle.  A drain would allow the continued removal of the seroma until the two surfaces fuse.  Have your plastic surgeon take a look at you earlier rather than later since if it is a seroma it can form a pseudo-bursa which is a layer of scar tissue.

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You should see your Dr sooner than planned. If your picture is accurate. I would be concerned. That's a little more than normal p/op swelling.

please check it out.

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