im 6 weeks po today and would like to know if these ripples/dents that i have above the end of my incision is normal? and when does this usually go away? i had a full tt and flank lipo.. my flanks still seem quite large and feels soft now so does that mean the area is no longer swollen?
Ripples at the End of a Tummy Tuck Incision? (photo)
Doctor Answers (3)
Early result after an abdominoplasty
If you were made of cloth those lateral ripples would never go away. But your skin has an elastic quality to it and over time these generally smooth out. From your photos it appears that you will get a nice result. If you continue with the lateral fullness then some degree of touch up liposuction may be needed.
Ripples at end of tummy tuck incision
Your end result will be quite good when all is said and done. The pleating of the skin that you see will resolve in the next 6 weeks or so. The flanks are still a bit full in my opinion and would be my only criticism of this result. I routinely treat the flanks with conservative liposuction for all of my abdominoplasty patients to avoid this. I do not think that all of the fullness in the flank will resolve with time, unfortunately.
"Ripples" Along Tummy Tuck Incision?
Thank you for the question and pictures.
“Rippling” and a pleated appearance along tummy tuck incisions may persist for several months after surgery. Your incision will likely improve in appearance during the first year after surgery. You may also find that the flank area will improve in appearance as further swelling resolves and the skin redrapes.
I would suggest continued patience and follow up with your plastic surgeon.