Is It Normal to Feel Pressure and Pain in Lower Abdomen 3 Weeks After Tummy Tuck?

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Pain and Pressure 3 weeks after Tummy Tuck could be seroma or hematoma

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It certainly is normal to have some pain and tight feeling 3 weeks after a Tummy Tuck. However pain associated with a feeling of pressure could be a sign of Seroma, a build up of fluid underneath the skin. Less common would be a hematoma, a collection of blood under the skin caused by bleeding.

If pain and pressure is associated with swelling, it may be more serious than the typical discomfort following a Tummy Tuck.

Always consult your surgeon and go in for an exam.

Pain and pressure in lower abdomen 3 weeks post tummy tuck

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At three weeks following a tummy tuck, there will still be a considerable amount of swelling and tightness of your abdomen. It is expected. However, complications such as a seroma (fluid collection) and a hematoma can also cause swelling and tightness. If your surgeon is following you closely, he/she will usually identify these if they are present. You may just want to contact your surgeon and run your concerns past him/her.

Steven Turkeltaub, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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Pressure And Pain after Tummy Tuck?

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Thank you for the question.

Although it may be “normal” to feel pressure and pain to some degree in the lower abdominal way area 3 weeks after tummy tuck surgery, there may be an issue/complication causing your symptoms. Therefore, it would be best for you to be evaluated by your plastic surgeon;  nothing can replace a good physical examination by a well experienced physician for precise diagnosis and advice.

Best wishes.

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