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Swelling above my left side above incision? (photo)

Has been 8 weeks since my TT and MR still have swelling on left side above my incision will that eventually go away or should I be concerned

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Swelling above incision

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Thank you for your question and photos. A personal exam and consultation is always best.

That said you are still in the healing stages so some swelling is to be expected. You did not mention any other symptoms. I would recommend contacting your surgeon who may want to do a physical exam.

Be sure to consult a plastic surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, experienced in your procedure, and who has an excellent reputation in your community.

Tummy tuck recovery

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At 8 weeks a lot of swelling is resolved but not all. There is a chance it will go away but it is early to tell for sure and too early to consider any kind of revision. There is a small chance you may have a fluid pocket or seroma there. Probing by your surgeon may help sort that out. Give it time.

Post op swelling

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It is really too soon post-op to assess a final outcome. As hard as it is, please be patient and let the swelling resolve. Best of luck.

Swelling 8 weeks post op

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It takes around 4-6 months for swelling to go away. If you have and feel swelling on one side ( left) more than the other side, it maybe due to you leaning to the left side more than the right. You can apply cold compress and make sure you put back your garment till your swelling has subsided. 

Swelling 8 weeks after tummy tuck

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It is normal to have some swelling 8 weeks after a tummy tuck. This will continue to resolve over the next several weeks.

I advise my patients to wear a compression garment to help treat the swelling. Most importantly, you should keep your appointments with your plastic surgeon and discuss your concerns with him/her.

I hope that helps and wish you all the best!

Dr Knoetgen 

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