Several reviews in body lift and/or Panniculectomy section make mention of "Dog ears". What are they referring to? I have never heard of this term, is it possibly the same thing or similar to "saddle bags"? (meaning those hip buldges)
What are "Dog Ears" when Referring to a Result of Surgery?
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"Dog ears" are simply the excess skin and sometimes soft tissue at the very corners of the incision. This is caused by the excess tissue being bunched up at the very ends of the incision. After excision of an elliptical wedge, the area is closed as a straight line. Sometimes, there is still a small amount of redundant tissue at the very end of the incision, termed "dog ears".
It is not uncommon to have these at your incisions immediately after your surgical prcedure.Often times, these improve or go away with time. If they remain after several months, it is possible to simply excise the small excess skin at the edge of the incision under local anesthesia, sometimes in the office, and give a flattened, improved appearance after excision.
I hope that this helps! Thank you for the question!
What are Dog Ears
Dog ears are abnormal bulges of tissue that typically occur along the ends of surgical incisions. This problem occurs for a variety of reasons, including discrepancies in length of the opposing wound borders and wound closures around curved contours.
Dog ears can occasionally be seen following abdominal wall panniculectomy. When this occurs, secondary surgery may be necessary. In most cases, this involves a simple excision of the dog ear under local anesthesia. In other cases where the dog ear is large and extends posteriorly towards the back, correction may require extension of the incisions in a posterior direction. In some cases, where an abnormal roll of tissue is present the incision may extend to the midline of the back.
Although every effort is made to avoid dog ears during the primary surgical procedure, this complication is occasionally unavoidable. When this situation arises it’s important to discuss your options with your plastic surgeon. Your surgeon should be able to formulate a treatment plan that addresses your concerns.
Dog Ears are nothing to worry about
'Saddle bags" are in reference to the thighs. "Dog Ears" are the hips.
When a patient has a tummy tuck, a panniculectomy, or a body lift, incisions may be from hip to hip. At the edges of these incisions, "dog ears", or excess tissue may protrude at the edges of large scars. Dog Ears can easily be corrected with surgery either at the time of the operation or at a later date. Although they mostly go away on their own because they sometimes appear from swelling of the surgery, insurance companies may cover a revision if needed.
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