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Is It Normal To Swell After Tummy Tuck, Lipo and Muscle Repair?

one minute im swollen up in my back and stomach, under my arms where lipo was done, and the next min i feel like im ok then if i cough, which i do softly and bent over, i start swelling up again,,, im 4days post op now. oh i also feel it more sensitive in my stomach which is numb to the touch,but soft in the middle

Doctor Answers (14)

Tummy tuck swelling

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Make sure to see your doctor to check for extra fluid in the abdomen.

Probably you are fine, but you could have developed extra fluid in your abdomen.


Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Swelling after Tummy Tuck

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It is quite normal and expected to have some degree of swelling as well as numbness after a tummy tuck and liposuction. You should be followed closely by your surgeon who can give you better guidance regarding your healing and he should also evaluate you to make sure there is no fluid collecting under your skin

Leo Keegan, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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Persisten swelling after tummy tuck and liposuction

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Swelling after a large procedure such as this is quite common for 4-6 months. However, other treatable causes should be evaluated by your surgeon. Manual lymphatic drainage may help expedite resolution of the swelling.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy tuck swelling

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Swelling after a tummy tuck is very common and may last several months.  Most of the swelling will go away in a few weeks.

Steven Wallach, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy tuck

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The complaints that you have is common post tummy tuck and liposuction.  You are very early in the post-operative period, and the swelling will continue for several weeks.

Shahin Javaheri, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
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Numbness and Swelling post tummy tuck

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Thank you for your post. In a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty surgery, the tissue above the abdominal muscles is lifted off of the muscles from the lower scar to the ribs in a full tummy tuck and to the umbilicus in a mini tummy tuck. The superficial nerves that travel through the muscle to the skin are cut in order to do this. This is what causes the numbness afterward. The numbness usually extends in the entire area that was lifted up. On occasion, a superficial nerve to the thigh could be pulled causing numbness in this area as well. Swelling happens after surgery and also tends to be in the entire area that has been lifted up and any area that has received liposuction. Both numbness and swelling may take months to years to go away, and the last place for both to go away is the area right above the incision centrally, and sometimes right below the belly button. It may take up to 2 years to get to baseline sensation. sometimes, certain areas never feel totally normal, especially the area right above the incision centrally. If tingling or itchiness develop, that is a sign that the nerves are growing back. This is normally well tolerated, but occasionally, a nerve type pain medication is needed such as neurontin.
Best Wishes,
Pablo Prichard, MD

Pablo Prichard, MD
Phoenix Plastic Surgeon
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Swelling after tummy tuck

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Everybody has swelling after a tummy tuck and liposuction, and it takes AT LEAST 6 months for this swelling to go away. It may take longer when a tummy tuck is combined with liposuction.

Wear your compression garment, massage the swollen areas, and keep all your appointments with your plastic surgeon. 

James Knoetgen, III, MD
Fresno Plastic Surgeon
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Swelling after Tummy Tuck?

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Thank you for the question.

Although swelling after major surgery is to be expected it would behoove you to be examined by your plastic surgeon to rule out " abnormal swelling” ( such as seroma)  which can be treated.

I hope this helps.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Postoperative swelling after tummy tuck

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You are expected to have swelling after tummy tuck.  After any procedure, our body will have swelling, especially around the area where the trauma (surgery) was performed.  When you have liposuction with tummy tuck, the swelling will persist longer.  Don't worry; it is all part of healing process.  Make sure that you wear the compression garment and follow your plastic surgeon's instruction.  Good luck to you.

Sugene Kim, MD, FACS
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 40 reviews

Swelling following a Tummy Tuck is quite common

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Swelling following a Tummy Tuck is quite common. The distinction needs to be made as to whether or not this is derived from fluid that is unable to drain appropriately through drainage tubes that were placed at the time of surgery or from the expected postoperative swelling. Postoperative compression garments may be used to help alleviate swelling however when poorly fitted they may contribute to such swelling.

Check with your physician in order to better identify the source

Nick Masri, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 11 reviews

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