Open wound after 2 weeks post op TT how long will it take to heal? (photo)
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Wound after tummy tuck.
Wound after tummy tuck
Infection after tummy tuck
I'm sorry to hear that you are having a set back in your recovery from your tummy tuck. It looks like you had an infection in the area and it has drained. The second picture does look improved from the one before. Make sure that you are following up with your plastic surgeon frequently so that they can monitor the progress of the wound healing. It can take a few weeks to heal completely, but it will. After a few months, if the scar is less than optimal a simple scar revision can be done in the office. In the end you will likely have a very nice result, it will just take a little longer. Best wishes.
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I am sorry you are having this problem. The first photo clearly shows skin that is red and swollen. The second shows your dehiscence, with sutures spanning the gap. You have a wound that was initially caused by insufficient circulation to the skin in that area. This led to a breakdown and death of some of the tissues, known as necrosis and accelerated by a superficial infection, which always occurs in the face of insufficient circulation.
It is important that your surgeon takes the necessary steps to promote wound healing. Step one is to remove all foreign bodies, like those sutures holding together dead skin. They promote bacteria and slow healing. Step two is to remove any tissue that is clearly non-viable. Sometimes this step needs to be repeated a few times over the course of a week or two. Step three is to initiate a dressing regimen that promotes tissue healing and bacterial cleansing. This is known as a saline soaked dressing that is changed two to three times a day.
It is not easy doing this; your wound will appear much bigger than it is now, and is usually frightening to the patient. It seems unimaginable that your body will heal such a wound, but it does. Keeping the wound closed like it is now will slow down an already lengthy process of healing, which is not recommended. Be prepared to be dealing with this for about 2 months. However, once healed a revision can be contemplated to remove any scarring.
Best of luck!