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How Long Does Numbness Typically Last After Tummy Tuck?

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Numbness after Tummy Tuck lasts about a year, but some is permanent



Doctors usually tell patients before surgery that they can expect some permanent and some temporary numbness. It is often permanent in the triangle extending from the umbilicus down to the upper pubic area (along the incision). The areas from the incision ends, across and above the umbilicus, extending into the upper abdomen are commonly partially numb and temporary.

Some sensation recovery occurs in the first few months, but final improvement can take 2 years. Most patients say they feel normal in about one year.

Remember numbness is decreased sensation. This doesn't affect motion or strength of the muscles underneath.

Greenville Plastic Surgeon
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Numbness following a tummy tuck


Following a tummy tuck many patients have numbess along the incisions that can persist for up 12 months after surgery.  The nerves regenerate themselves starting from the outsides of the abdomen, working their way to the midline.  Many patients have permanent sensation loss of the skin between the belly button and the middle of the abdominal incision.  Other common sensations after a tummy tuck include tingling and "lightening shock" pains, which are also caused by the nerves regenerating.  I hope this helps.

Best wishes,

Neil J. Zemmel, MD

Neil J. Zemmel, MD, FACS
Richmond Plastic Surgeon
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Feelin is slow to return after tummy tuck, often 2 years



I would not be concerned at 2 months.

Many nerves are injured during tummy tuck and it is normal for the abdomen to feel numb after tummy tuck.

Healing of nerves takes 2 years for full healing and return of function to occur.

As mentioned above there will be some areas of permanent numbness near the belly button, but patients do not seem to be bothered by this.

Brooke R. Seckel, MD, FACS
Boston Plastic Surgeon
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Numbness is common after tummy tuck especially in the triangle below the new umbilicus. This can last for up to a year and it can even be permanent. If one has a mini abdominoplasty the numbness is usually resolved in 6-9 months.

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Numbness after Tummy Tuck


There is quite a bit of variation, but expect the lower part of the tummy to slowly regain sensibility over 12-18 month.

Often the area just above the scar doesn't regain complete or normal feeling.

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Numbness will last an long time after a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) and may be permanent in small areas.


A tummy tuck is a fairly extensive procedure.  Numbness of the abdominal wall skin is part of the recovery process.  Usually the sensation begins to return on the sides and moves towards the center.  It may take more than a year for full recovery.  Ocasionally a small area may never be renervated and numbness in that place will be permanent.

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1-2 years


Numbness after abdominoplasty can persist for 1-2 years. Typically this does not present a significant problem.

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Numbness Following Tummy Tuck

Very often, patients describe of numbness in their lower abdomen after a tummy tuck.The greatest degree of numbness is in the area closer to the incision.Normally, this feeling gradually returns.Sometimes it takes as long as two years for all of the feeling to return.

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Numbness after tummy tuck


Thank you for your  question.  It will take 1-2 years for the  sensation to return to your abomden.  Nerves grow at a rate of 1mm/day or about 1inch per month.  They grow from the outer abdomen near the hips/waist and move toward the center.  There can be some areas that are permanently numb along the incision line and near the center between the belly button  and the scar below.  Hope this helps.  Good luck!

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Numbness Following Abdominoplasty is Temporary & May Last Up to 1 Year


Numbness of the abdomen commonly occurs following abdominoplasty. In the vast majority of patients, this numbness is temporary and resolves in about a year. Sensation tends to first return laterally and superiorly and move downward and inward. The last place to have a return of sensation is the area near the transverse incision below the umbilicus. In some cases, loss of sensation may be permanent.

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