Puss on Tummy Tuck incision 6 weeks post-op. What should I do to keep it from getting worse? (photos)
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I am 6 weeks after a tummy tuck operation and have a small amount of pus coming out of an incision. Is this serious?
Pus on Tummy Tuck incision 6 weeks post-op.
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Puss on Tummy Tuck incision 6 weeks post-op. What should I do to keep it from getting worse?
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Red area along incision could be a dissolvable suture coming to the surface
However, this appearance is consistent with one of the dissolvable sutures, often placed just under the skin, poking out through the skin before it dissolved. These can take up to three months to dissolve, and until they do, they might come out through the skin. When they do, some localized redness is likely.
What you should watch out for is redness that spreads more than say half an inch or so from the incision line, increasing pain, or really anything that seems to get progressively worse. All of those may be signs of an infection that may need to be treated. Be sure to call your surgeon immediately if you notice any of those.
But based on your photos, I agree that this is likely due to a suture coming out though the skin. If your surgeon can find and remove the suture, the opening it made may heal more quickly.
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