The bulge that is shown in this one photo seems to me very slight. It is hard to make a determination of the cause without knowing details of the surgery including whether muscle plication was performed. Also, there are occasions in which visceral fat (internal fat) can cause protrusion of the abdomen even after a tummy tuck. An exam by a plastic surgeon can help determine the etiology and give you some direction. Good luck and be safe.
John T. Nguyen, MD, FACS, FICS
Double Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
It looks like the bulge is from muscle protrusion. You can try working on your core, perhaps with a personal trainer. if that doesn't work than I think that the muscle could be tightened more. Good luck.
Thank you for your question and photos. I agree with Dr. Pousti. I also think you should ask your surgeon if he/she repaired your abdominal muscles during surgery. Occasionally during an abdominoplasty the muscle repair is not performed- if that is your case, it might be necessary to have a secondary procedure to have the muscle repair. Good luck!
Whether or not the “bulge” of your abdominal wall will improve with time will depend on exactly what the cause of the “bulge” is. If the cause is ongoing abdominal wall laxity, it is unlikely that the appearance of the abdominal wall will improve with time, exercise… If the cause of the abdominal wall “bulge” is prolonged swelling (which can occasionally occur), ongoing time will help improve the appearance of the abdominal wall. I tell my patients that sometimes it takes one year for the abdominal wall skin to fully “bounce back” after tummy tuck surgery. Best to be evaluated by your plastic surgeon, who after direct physical examination will be able to provide you with the most precise answer to your question. Best wishes.
There appears to be a slight bulge on your abdomen following a tummy tuck. This could be from recurrent laxity of the fascia or intra abdominal fat although you appear very thin. A secondary tightening procedure is probably indicated to obtain a flatter stomach. I don't think working out more will improve this.
Photos not really showing the "bulge"!!! Best to seek IN PERSON opinions after an examination of the abdomen..//
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