My skin appears loose after a Tummy Tuck. Is this normal during the healing process? (photo)
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You look as if you have had an excellent result from your tummy tuck. I can see by some stretch marks near your belly button that you are still pretty swollen (stretch marks tend to look darker and more pronounced when you have swelling.) You can expect for this swelling to go on for at least 6 to 8 weeks and maybe a little bit longer. I advise people to wait at least 6 to 8 months before they judge their final result. Don't worry....during that time, you will see daily improvements and you will be able to watch yourself get better and better...
In the picture, I can not see any loose skin. I wonder if it really is loose skin or the swelling that you are seeing. You can be sure that the swelling will get better and the contour of your abdomen will continue to improve. Loose skin may not improve, but I have a feeling that by the looks of your picture, what you are seeing is simply some residual swelling.
Congratulations...you really do have a lovely result and you can count on improvements to it over the coming weeks/months.
Good luck and I hope this helped!!
1.-The compression garment is to hold on the swelling and to help your skin to reattach to the muscle. It will not shape your body, we as surgeons do the sculpting job.
2.-My personal opinion (based on the reason of wearing a CG) is no more than 8 weeks.
3.-Swelling will remain very bad for almost 6 weeks and then will go down little by little until the next 4-6 months. You will be looking better each day.
4.-The skin will be looking loose for at least 4 weeks, then it will be looking better and tighter unless the skin on your abdomen, sides and back is loose because of stretch marks or after weight loss process.
Be encouraged. You will be looking great after several more weeks.
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My best advice to you is to consult your plastic surgeon and specifically follow your surgeons advice regarding compression garment and time for healing. Only your plastic surgeon who performed your operation and has direct contact with you is in a position to answer your questions. Please do not follow online advice.
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