Hi I had a TT almost 3 months ago and have a bulge on one hip just above my incision. It makes me look really unsymetrical as the bulge is large so my hips look really different in shape. I am so disappointed. I have had a revision to this area and even though the scar has been straightened out, the bulge is still there sticking out. What do you think would be the best course of action to remove it? I'm feeling really disappointed with the whole process as the revision hasn't worked either.
Hip Bulge on One Side
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Unsatisfactory Tummy Tuck "Dog Ear" and Scar Revision
A hip bulge after a tummy tuck may be residual fat or skin and even swelling after surgery. Without photos I could not be sure.
Tummy tuck outcome: managing expectations
The bulges can be due to several different causes. One of thesemay be persistently lax or redundant skin and you really need an extended tummy tuck or circumferential belt lipectomy. Another can be associated with scoliosis and asymmetric positioning of the hips. There are a variety of causes and I am sure that you must have recieved some benefits from the full tummy tuck which generally does not treat the hips; this requires a thigh or buttock dermolipectomy.
Web reference: http://www.bodysculptor.com/body-surgery-chicago/tummy-tuck/
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Post-Tummy Tuck Bulge
A bulge after a Tummy Tuck procedure could be fluid under the skin that needs to be aspirated. I would give it some more time to heal since it's only been 3 months and full results can take up to a year.
Bulge after Tummy Tuck
Without an exam, it is hard to say why you have this area of fullness. It could be related to some preexisting anatomic asymmetry you had before surgery, it could be swelling, scar tissue, or a localized bulging of the muscle there, a fatty deposit, etx. It may or may not be correctable. I would go by the advice of your plastic surgeon. Sometimes just waiting after surgery improves the situation. I have seen swelling from an abdominoplasty take 6 months to 1 yr to resolve.
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