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What are "Dog Ears" when Referring to a Result of Surgery?

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)

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"Dog ears"


"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!


Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

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. 

Steven M. Katz, MD
Long Island Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 reviews

What are dog ears?


Dog ears are excess tissue that protrudes at the ends of an incision line. They are easy to correct

Raj S. Ambay, MD
Tampa Plastic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 14 reviews

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