Hi I'm 5 weeks post op. Had a full tummy tuck with liposuction. My doctor advised me to wear my compression garment 24h a day for 4 weeks. The first two days after I removed my garment there was little swelling but on the third day I noticed more swelling which is still persistent. Gets worst in the evening and goes down a bit in the mornings.Is this normal? if so how long does it last. Would it be better to start wearing my compression garment again? Thanks for your help.
Is It Normal to Have Swelling After Removing an Abdominal Binder?
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Swelling when the binder came off after a tummy tuck
what you are describing is very normal and almost expected. In time as the skin continues to heal and adhere to the muscles, that will happen less and less. In the meantime, if you wish, you could wear a panty girdle during the day to limit the amount of swelling that occurs so it can stick down sooner.
Swelling after tummy tuck
every ps has been taught differently to some extent. That is why it is sometimes called the art of surgery . I tell my abdominoplasties to wear the garment 24/7 for 6-8 weeks then wear the binder 8 hours per day for another 6-8 weeks. The reason is that I believe the inflammatory period last at least 3 months long. I have had patients say that they swell on one side some days and another side another day. The more active they are the more they swell. Most of my patients prefer to wear a spanx type garement. cheaper , more comfortable which leads to more compliance. I learned alot with doing an abdominoplasty on my nurse. seeing her eveyday in the office I noticed that the garment made her feel better when it was on. but by 3 months she did not feel she need it anymore. So I am an advocate of garment wear. But check with your PS who is following you and did your surgery.
I see this in some of my patients are well. You may ask your surgeon about wearing a support girdle during the day or exercise when that is permitted. Usually by 2-3 months the temporary swelling completely subsides.
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Post op swelling after tummy tuck and what is the value of the binder
Hi, It is very common to have the yo-yo effect that you are describing post op tummy tuck. What happens is that the normal vascularization of the redraped upper abdominal tissue is taken away and will need up to a year to reestablish itself as the vessels regrow into the tissue that was pulled down in your procedure. As the vessels regrow, then the swelling will be more normal as the day goes by and not be like a "wet sponge" getting engorged as you are upright during the day. The binder is good to wear but not an absolute. It does compress the tissue and it seems to be swollen less but that is merely the binder keeping the redraped tissue squeezed. The swelling will go down over time with or without the binder as long as you are "reattached" and it seems that you are. Be patient....there will be a lot of interesting changes that you will notice and be quite pleased with as it happens. Be sure to stay close to your board certified plastic surgeon and have your questions answered.
Swelling after a tummy tuck
Hello Jolie, yes, it is normal to have swelling 5 weeks after a tummy tuck. It's very common for patients to have significant swelling after a tummy tuck, especially if liposuction is performed at the same time. I advise my patients to wear their garment for at least 4-6 weeks after a tummy tuck. Then, I advise them to switch to a second stage garment, like Spanx. I also advise them to massage these areas and not exercise for 6 weeks after surgery.
I hope this helps and wish you all the best!
Swelling is normal and may persist for 4-6 months. There is a large area to heal so you will have to allow time for that to occur.
Tummy tuck Swelling?
Thank you for the question.
As always, it is best to be seen in person ( by your plastic surgeon) for precise diagnosis and treatment.
Abdominal wall "swelling" after tummy tuck may be related to:
1. Swelling in the soft tissues. This may take several months to resolve and may worsen with increased activity or at the end of the day. Patience is required to allow for resolution of the swelling. The swelling occurs because of the interruption of venous and lymphatic channels that occurs during the tummy tuck operation.
2. Fluid accumulation in the space between the skin and the abdominal wall muscle. this may consist of blood ( hematoma) or serum (seroma). This fluid accumulation can generally be diagnosed by physical examination ( occasionally ultrasound may be helpful). Treatment consists of aspiration; several episodes of aspiration may be necessary.
3. Separation of the abdominal wall muscle repair may lead to a swelling/bulge appearance. This may be diagnosed on physical examination with your surgeon examining you in different bodily positions. One of the steps of a tummy tuck procedure involves reapproximation (plication) of the rectus muscles. These muscles have spread apart during pregnancy and/or weight gain. Bringing them together again in the midline helps to “tighten” the abdominal wall as well as to narrow the waistline.
4. Residual adipose tissue may be confused for swelling. Again this is most easily diagnosed by physical examination. Additional liposuction surgery maybe necessary to improve the results of surgery.
Generally, it takes many months for swelling to resolve after tummy tuck surgery and it may take up to one year (or greater) a complete skin redraping to occur.
I hope this helps.
Swelling 6 Weeks After Tummy Tuck is Normal
Some swelling, especially if you've been wearing a compression garment regularly, should be expected. It's only been 6 weeks after surgery, and you noted that you've been wearing your compression garment all of the time as instructed, so some swelling to occur after you remove it is normal.
Every patient is different, so the amount of swelling you have may be different compared to other people. Also, plastic surgeons vary as to how long you should wear a compression garment after a tummy tuck. You should talk to your plastic surgeon as to how long he/ she recommends wearing your compression garment.
You may have some increased swelling at the end of the day, if you're on your feet a lot, or if you exercise. Thiss is normal as well, and should go away when you lie down or when you wake up after a night's sleep.
Tummy tuck swelling
I usually have my patients wear the garment for at least 6 weeks after surgery. I would recommend that you continue to use yours especially if you are getting active again. It may also help to keep a lower salt diet and drink water. Make sure your bowels are moving. This should all resolve with more time and sounds normal to me.
Swelling after tummy tuck
Some swelling is expected when you initially stop wearing the binder. It might be an idea to wear the binder a bit longer during the daytime - but please consult your surgeon. There is a small chance of fluid collection (called a seroma) - so if it does not improve ask your surgeon to have a look.