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Could Muscles Have Relaxed After Tummy Tuck?

I am 6 weeks post FTT with diastasis recti & umbilical hernia repair. My abdomen is still very swollen. I still wear my compression garment w/a tight binder 24/7 & am constantly sucking in my stomach. I spent $12,000 on this & am worried that this is my permanent result.

I haven't lifted anything heavy, drink lots of water, eat no sodium, work from home at a computer & have a live-in nanny who takes care of my kids. Could my muscles have relaxed? Will this go down? I see my PS next week.

Doctor Answers (8)

Maybe....

+4

Hello,

Your muscle repair could have relaxed or you might have some swelling and/or excess fat remaining in your lower abdomen. Let thing settle and heal for at least 6 months before considering additional surgery to improve the result. It might get better on it's own before that.

 

Best Regards,

John Di Saia MD


Orange Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 23 reviews

Tummy tuck with muscle repair

+4

I understand your concern.  It is possible for a muscle repair to become somewhat lax because of a number of reasons including inherent weakness or thickness of the rectus muscle, too much stress on the repair (can be unintentional, for example with a bout of coughing) or technical limitations. Your surgeon should be able to test the integrity and position of the muscles easily and advise you. 

Anindya Lahiri, MBBS
Birmingham Plastic Surgeon
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+3

It is difficult to evaluate from photos alone.  It is possible that you have swelling or a fluid collection called a sero,a.  It is also possible that the rectus diastasis repair has failed or stretched. You need to discuss this fully with your surgeon and he should be able to determine the correct course of action.

David Nicholas Csikai, MD
Jacksonville Plastic Surgeon
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Just based on your photos, it is impossible to give you specific advice or make a diagnosis.  You may have fluid collection or failure of the diastasis repair.  You should definitely discuss this with your surgeon.  

 

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You may definitely want to ask your surgeon if your abdominal wall was tightened with sutures. I have found that one row in the mid line of the tummy may not be enough. However, a fluid collection may also be a reasonable cause. Going back to your surgeon will help you answer your concerns. 

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Based solely on the posted photos you could have: 1. seroma, 2. ruptured muscle repair, 3. in adequate muscle repair, or none done, 4. combination of theses. Best to see your chosen surgeon or obtain second opinions. Best of luck. 

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+2

Thank you for the question and pictures.

The fullness you have in the abdominal wall  area is either muscle laxity, adipose tissue, or seroma ( fluid collection). Exactly what is going on should be determined by direct physical examination ( examining you in the upright, supine and flexed positions).  Best wishes.

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Thank you for your question. Your photographs seen to show a nice result after your abdominoplasty.

Although failure of the muscle repair is a possibility my guess is that your swelling will continue to improve.

Please be certain to see your plastic surgeon and ask if evidence of failure of the muscle repair.

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