I had a tummy tuck 13 days ago. I am very concerned about the 2 ends of my incision the are very swollen and tender and a little hard. Is this what is reffered to as Dog Ears? Will this correct on its own, if not what can be done to correct it? or is it too soon to tell?
How to Tell if It's Swelling or Dog Ears After a Tummy Tuck?
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Dog ears are an area of "Bunched Up" skin
Dog ears are an area of "Bunched Up" skin at the end of an incision/scar. This usually occurs when large amounts of skin are removed from the abdomen. To correct this usually requires extending your scar another inch or two. This is fairly common with tummy tucks as patients always want their scar to be as short as possible, and sometimes they will shrink to an acceptable appearance on their own, but other times, it's best to just correct them surgically to get the best result
Dog ears after a tummy tuck
I give you a direct answer. In my opinion you have a dog ear deformity that can be corrected after full initial healing.
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Dog-ears after tummy tuck
Yes, it's much too soon to tell if the swollen skin will come down on its own. "Dog-ears" are little bits of extra skin at the ends of an incision. Very frequently, if they are small, they will resolve as your swelling comes down. Most patients will notice that they resolve within the first 3-6 months after surgery. If they do not, this is a small procedure that can be done in the office under local anesthesia. Good luck, /nsn.
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13 days is much too soon
It certainly looks like you have a fair amount of swelling and this is far too soon to determine if you have dog ears. Very oftewn the ends of the incision look bunched or swollen after a tummy tuck and by 4-6 months have disappeared. If there are minor dogears at that time it is a minimal procedure under local anesthesia to correct with almost no downtime.
I agree with my colleagues that there does seem to be a good amount of swelling in the abdomen. Some of thaat maay be the picture or your body shape. If there was less swelling several days ago and it is increasing I would call your doctors office and hbe seen to check if you have a fluid collection or seroma. If that is the case the fluid can be drained and you will feel much better.
After Tummy Tuck Swelling
I agree with the comments by Drs. Maddali and Rand. Although only an examination could prove it, it appears you have significant swelling and I would encourage you to check with your surgeon to make sure it is not due to fluid under the skin, seroma. from the view provided, it does appear you may end up with dog ears but I would wait 6 months before I began to worry about. In many cases they would go away.
Dog ears after a tummy tuck
You have a lot of swelling and may have a seroma which is fluid that needs to be drained by your doctor. Go back asap for a check. Also, it looks like you are going to have dog ears at the ends of your incisions. You'll know for sure after 3 months but it seems like there are dog ears there.
Swelling after tummy tuck
Your photo shows a lot of swelling in the entire abdominal area, not just at the ends of the incision. It is very common to have a lot of swelling after a tummy tuck, but I would recommend making sure that there is not a build up of fluid (seroma) under the skin.
To answer the question specifically about the "dog ears," it is hard to say, but the swelling there does not appear significant and seems within the norm for a tummy tuck. Good luck in your healing.