Hello I had a tummy tuck done on May 16th. The first timeI took off the compression garment was 5 days post-op. I was really disappointed about the results but my nurse told me do not worry it is all very swollen. It has been 2 weeks now and it looks exactly the same if not a little worse. Should I be expecting to get the flat stomach my doctor promised. me or am I just worrying to early at this stage? My stomach looked smaller before the operation now it looks even bigger compared to pre-op.
Mini Tummy Tuck Swelling: Will it go Down?
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Swelling after a tummy tuck; what to expect
Most surgeries require some degree of recovery. Body contouring often requires more. We expect immediate gratification but often times have to wait a considerable amount of time particularly with body contouring procedures such as a tummy tuck. If your doctor also performed liposuction it could be even greater. Remember a couple of things:
1. it usually takes two weeks to get back to your preoperative weight
2. early changes are seen by 4-6 weeks
3. final contour ( depending on the procedure) may take 4-6 months to achieve and as expected rely on your appropriate diet and exercise participation.
Mini tummy tuck
At this early stage of recovery it is very difficult to assess what you final outcome will be. However, know that it is quite common for early swelling to occur and often make your contour worse in the beginning. As the swelling goes down the new shape presents itself. Discuss this concern with your PS.
Mini Tummy Tuck
Swelling can persist for several months in some people. Be patient, and the swelling will decrease. Your Board Certified Plastic Surgeon will let you know how the repair of the muscle went if you need this part of the procedure.
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Mini Tummy Swelling
Please do not become discouraged and I think with time your result will improve considerably. With liposuction and a mini tummy tuck, there is moderate swelling at two weeks which improves by a month but the final result may take up to three months to completely resolve. Occasionally persistent swelling may be due to a fluid collection or a seroma which is easily treated in your surgeons office. Followup with your surgeon and be patient
Swelling after mini tummy tuck
Two weeks post-operatively, it is far too soon to see the final results of surgery. Swelling is a part of the normal healing process. Swelling should subside within a couple months. My patients are asked to wear an abdominal binder to help minimize swelling and aid in the healing process. I ask my patients to stay in a flexed position for 4 weeks to prevent any complications and tension on the incision. It is important that you follow the instructions of your surgeon to ensure the best result possible. Follow up with him or her to check for any fluid accumulation (seroma). Good luck!
Swelling and its resolution
Some of what you are seeing is probably swelling. Mini tummy tucks rarely flatten much though. Let things settle over the next 3-6 months and then re-assess.
John Di Saia
Swelling after mini tummy tuck
I agree that it is hard to tell this early. Are those your pre op or post op photos? Excessive swelling can occur with fluid accumulation- your surgeon should assess you for a seroma (fluid). If that is not the case I would recommend good compression, a low salt diet and time will tell. If you still have that much swelling after 4-6 weeks then you should be able to tell what is skin/fat and what is not. Good luck!