its been 6 week since i had my tummy tuck and lipo in the love handle. is it common to still feel swelling and numb?
Swelling and Numbness 6 Weeks After Tummy Tuck and Liposuction Normal?
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Swelling and numbness after 6 weeks following tummy tuck
IT is very normal to have persistent swelling and numbenss 6 weeks after tummy tuck and for periods persisting up to two years.
It is most certainly possible to have some minor swelling 6 weeks after your liposuction. I explain this type of swelling during this time period as "swelling that would be recognized by family or a significant other or your surgeon". Meaning someone who knows your usual body shape/contour. Your contour will continue to improve over the next 4months and then stabilize. The numbness is not unusual at all 6 weeks after surgery and may take 6 months or so to improve.
Swelling and Numbness Normal for 3-4 Months
It is totally normal to still have numbness and swelling for 3-4 months after a tummy-tuck and liposuction. Just be patient, continue to wear some sort of compression garment, and the swelling/ numbness will resolve on its on.
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Swellig and numbness 6 weeks after tummy tuck and liposuction normal?
The usual signs of the nerves regenerating and neuropraxia resolving is itching, followed by a burning sensation and then occasional sharp, shock-like pains. These will be normal to experience, and actually a promising sign. Usually, normal sensation returns, but is is also possible to have decreased sensation or even increased sensation to the areas affected. Re-educating nerves postoperatively is often helpful and will allow proper instruction for the affected sensory nerves - methods include using different textures to the affected areas when showering, bathing, applying lotion, etc. If bothersome, there are some medications that may be helpful, including Neurontin for pain for hypersensitivity. You can try various textures such as washcloths, loofahs, cotton sheets, etc. Massaging the areas is also beneficial for the incision to make the finest scar possible. The last place to regain the sensation will be directly adjacent to the incision/scar as the nerves will make its way from the periphery to this location. If continual pain arises, evaluation is warranted. After ruling out other causes, one rare explanation may be that a neuroma has developed and may require surgical excision. This is very unlikely unless a large sensory nerve has been transected inadvertently during the procedure. Hope that this helps! Best wishes!
Numbness and swelling after tummy tuck
Pablo Prichard, MD
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