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Swelling expectancy after Abdominoplasty

I am only 2 weeks out from a full abdominalplasty and expect swelling. I am curious as to how long though. I can't wear the pants I wore before surgery and this is discouraging.

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Swelling up your tummy Tuck

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Swelling that occurs with a tummy tuck can last at least 6 to 8 weeks but the final result due to decrease swelling will occur in three months.

Good luck.

Earl Stephenson Jr MD DDS FACS


Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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6-8 weeks

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Swelling after a full tummy tuck procedure with muscle tightening can last up to 6 to 8 weeks and is dependent on fluid intake (drinking a lot of water), Salt intake (high sodium causes fluid retention), Protein intake (low protein causes more swelling) and hemoglobin level (anemia causes more swelling. A fluid collection under the skin may also occur if the drains were removed too soon (Seroma) which acts like a fluid wave under the skin.  Your board certified plastic surgeon should be able to help you.

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