1 week Post tummy tuck with muscle repair (no lipo) lower abdomen puffiness, is this normal? (photo)
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Tummy tuck recovery
Pain, pulling, and tugging along the incision quite common after tummy tuck surgery. The discomfort can get worse a few weeks after surgery as some of the nerves start to wake up and work again. Pain can also increase because at three weeks out patients start to get more active once again.
Sometimes the pain is caused by tugging of a stitch that will eventually dissolve, sometimes it can be caused by scar tissue. Generally these aches and pains and zings will come and go for a few months after surgery, but usually they resolve.
You may feel more comfortable if you speak to your plastic surgeon directly. He or she should be the one to recommend medication to you.
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Recovery after tummy tuck
Some puffiness/bulge/discomfort is quite common after a tummy tuck. It is a big procedure and expect your tissues to need a good few weeks for everything to settle. Meanwhile wearing some support will help.
Abdominal swelling is normal at this stage
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Tummy Tuck: is the Puffiness Normal?
Around the incision we can expect extra swelling. The scar itself can be elevated. This is called the "healing ridge." It is inflammatory cells and other products that are part of your body healing itself.
It is also important to be realistic about results. Some people will not be as flat as they hope after their surgery. But it is way to early to tell about this.
Follow your doctor's advise. I expect you will have gradual improvement and be happy soon.
Hope this helps!
Dr Chris Saunders
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