1 year post scar revision & 1 month post dog ear removal - New Photos at end!!

I am 40 years old, had 2 children and was left...

I am 40 years old, had 2 children and was left with saggy loose skin. I had my tummy tuck with muscle repair 10 months ago on 4/8/11. I am very happy with how my tummy looks. I was, however, left with a very thick scar and a dog ear (skin that sticks out at the end of the incision). Most of the scar is very thick and also goes up higher - about 2 inches - on my right side where the dog ear is. The scar is still pink and raised in that area and thick towards the bottom. The other side (the end four inches on my left side) is a perfect, light, thin line and low. My PS said that the reason for the thick red part of the scar was tension and pulling too early in the healing process. On 3/23/12, at 11 1/2 months post op, I will be having my revision surgery. It will be outpatient, I will not be asleep during surgery. The surgery involves cutting out the old scar and stitching back the skin into a very thin line. The dog ear is removed by cutting it out and stitching the skin together. He will also lower the part of my scar that is a few inches too high. He said it is not anywhere as bad as recovery from TT. I still have to be careful as I don't want to put tension on the new scar! I have posted my photos from 6 months post op. I will also post new before and after photos and update as I recover. I am very excited to finally see my after body - yes one year later! I did not realize this process would take so long, but I know it will be worth it!

by the way.. How does this work? Do you still have skin to streatch? My actualy incision line is really thin. I still have a ridge above it though. It has improved and I would say it will go away all together.

Also, you say your PS said it was from streatching the skin too soon? That makes sence but I as told not to worry about any pulling after the wound is healed. Well glad I didn't stand up straight until like 6 wks. PS told me I could lay on my tummy and not effect the outcome. He added I wouldn't want to obviously he knows I'm not into pain. Six months no and I can lay any way. some movements still feel like I ill tear open. Mainly, outer bottom BL scar and hips! Those hip bone scar areas are still a killer. Sends me through the roof if my sons puts an elbow or his chin on them.
I know exactly how & the exact moment my scar stretched - this is unusual by the way as most scars heal into a tiny thin white line. The day of my surgery, I was trying to get up to go to the bathroom, and it absolutely killed!! I was not ready and the nurse pulled me up and it hurt so bad in my abs that my initial reaction to the pain was to fly back so fast and hard onto the bed!! I actually straightened my body, even arched my back! Imagine that & how it must have pulled and stretched my stitches! I mean we are hunched over for weeks before we are able to straighten up and to do that to my incision the first day - I am surprised I did not open up my wound entirely! So if that didn't happen, my scar would look nice & thin & white like the 2 inch long section on the one side & I would just be getting a 10 minute in office dog ear removal! Boy oh boy. Oh well, I am excited to get this done and finally overwith!
Looking great mama! I had a Mommy Makeover after 2 children and DREADFUL stretch marks. I was so depressed that I would have to live with the marks. My Surgeon was fantastic (Houston Area) and I am so pleased with my results 1 year post op...I am actually looking forward to wearing a bikini for the first time in..well, I dont know how long. One thing my surgeon recommended was the use of ScarAway silicone scar strips to prevent bad scarring. It was a godsend for protection under my clothes, too, since it was a silky fabric. My scar is a very fine white line and nice and flat. Ask your surgeon about using this after your revision. I hear it is best practice to help prevent excessive scarring. Good luck! Your revision is right around the corner...you must be excited! :) Shi

I went in early this morning for my scar revision...

I went in early this morning for my scar revision and dog ear removal. It went well and now I am home. I took before photos, but will post them tomorrow. I am 11 & 1/2 months post op. So glad to finally get the finishing touches!

So anyone going in for just dog ear removal will not have surgery like this - that is an in office 15 min. procedure. My surgery took place in the hospital & took about 1/2 hr, 45 min. I was asleep. My PS cut out my old scar on the surface, not deep layers, and removed the dog ears. He then stitched it up into a thin line. He also said he was planning on lowering the scar, so I hope he was able to do that, because even my higher bikinis showed the scar on one end and between the thick high scar and the lumpy dog ear, it just did not look good! I am very happy with my tummy tuck though - he did a great job. I havent had a chance to look at my scar because I am wearing a binder & a layer of cotton over steri-strips. I am dying to see it though, but also afraid. My biggest fear is that I will put tension on my scar again & it will stretch out again.

I feel great, a little sore. I am taking percocet. I woke up from surgery a little nauseas and in pain near the incision, but the nurse gave me meds right away and I felt better within 10 minutes. Now I am eating, resting & had my coffee.

My hubby has been home all day and will take care of me and the kids all weekend, so I am so happy!

Apparently this is about a 4 day recovery. I plan on returning to work on Wednesday. But I really have to watch that tension on my scar this time!

I will update and add pictures tomorrow!

It has been 3 days since my scar revision. I...

It has been 3 days since my scar revision. I still have not seen the scar line, so I do not know if it is thin. The dog ear lumps are gone & my hips have a nice smooth contour which I am so happy about! You can see the before with the lump and the after photo with it nice and smooth! I am still sore, but am able to get up and do things. I do make sure to rest though.

I have added new before and after photos and as soon as the steri-strip comes off, I will post photos of my scar as it heals.
Oh wow just read your updates I dont knwo if I would have it in me to go through this again, but it does look like the dog ears are gone I have that on my arms that needs revision, I am just so reluctant to have them cut again even to fix them!
I cannot believe it is a year before I am finally able to fully enjoy my tt results! It is very few who need a revision, but I would do it all again. This revision surgery was nothing compared to my initial surgery. I am 4 days post op & getting around fine. I stopped taking pain meds yesterday morning and will go back to work wednesday. I took a peek at my scar - my steristrip fell off in one area & it is a very thin line, so I am thrilled about that! I think in a few weeks I will finally be so happy with my results & this summer it is bikini time!
Hun your BB is really nice and round, I hope the revision goes well for you

I will be 1 week post revision tomorrow. My...

I will be 1 week post revision tomorrow. My steri-strip tape fell off this past week, so I saw my scar line. It is so much nicer looking and very thin! The one side still goes up higher, but it is very thin at least. The dog ear is gone, but I am very swollen now - I cannot button my jeans and I have been eating so healthy - definately swelling! I am also very very bruised & yellow. The one side where my dog ear was is more swollen than my other, so it will go down. I am rubbing neosporin on it 2 times per day, covering it with gauze & wearing my spanx garment because it puts pressure on my scar & keeps it closed. I am back to work & the ladies have been wonderful keeping me from lifting - my job has lots of heavy lifting, but I am able to do other stuff, so that is good. I am glad tomorrow is Friday so I can rest again. No pain at all. Took my last percocet Sunday morning & nothing since then. Just careful how I move & lift so I don't seperate or strain my scar. Very happy I did this! Saw my ps today & he said everything healing great!
You scar is nice and thin now and I hope you will be happy with the results, my arm surgery last year the one arm the scar is wider and I have dog ears I am thinking of having him fix it didnt know the dog ears could be done in office, I hate the idea of starting over with these scar like you being a year out but I think it is worth it!
Oh, thank you so much bejewelme! I cannot believe it is one year after my tt & I am once again swelling, wearing a compression garment & healing my scar. Ugh!!! But, I did have part of the scar heal into a thin white beautiful line, so I am hoping this ends up the same. Thank you for your posts! I can't believe I have to keep my scars out of the sun again this summer!
correction - part of the original scar healed into a thin, white beautiful line, that is...

I am 2 weeks today post scar revision & 2 days...

I am 2 weeks today post scar revision & 2 days away from being 1 year post op tt. I am still quite swollen & have to wear my compression garment. The swelling is above the incision the most.

I love how thin the line is! The updated pictures do not show as nice as it looks in real life, because I am still red & swollen. It looks worse than it actually is. Also marks on my tummy are from my garment. Bruising is almost gone. The swelling is on my sides as well.

The only part that really bothers me is the scar goes up high on one side still & looks so ugly in a swimsuit. I really hope it fades nicely, I don't know what it is with that side, but it seems to scar worse than my other side (where the scar is lower). Also the dog ear may not be fully gone, it still lumps out from the back. There is improvement in it, but I am hoping it is just swelling. I, again, have to be patient, which is so hard because I thought I would be past this & posting my 1 year bikini shots by now! Instead I am still recovering. I have been keeping my incision moist & covered - as I read that is the best way to heal a wound.

I will keep you updated.

So I am 3 weeks today post scar revision. No new...

So I am 3 weeks today post scar revision. No new photos, but I will take some next week on my 1 month post revision. It is healing so beautifully. My ps did something with my bellybutton - pulled it down or something, because it looks so nice! Before it had a weird look, like a pulled up look to it, strange. Anyway, he told me he fixed it. I really notice it. I also notice that there is no loose skin at all now. I think he pulled that a bit too when he fixed the scar. The last thing I notice is the dog ear IS gone!!!! Yay!! I noticed this week that, although still swollen, the lump has gone down significantly! I know that when it all heals, the bump will be gone.

I love so much the thin even line of my new incision! I still rub vaseline on it 2 times per day & still keep it covered & wear my compression garment. I also try to massage the scar as I heard it is very important in healing well. I did not keep up with that last time, so I am determined to do it this time. I started wearing Scar fx silicone sheets a few nights ago. Since the scar is not an open wound anymore, I purchased one in the 1" x 21" size & cut it to fit my scar. It goes on nice & sticky & stays on all night! I only wear it at night. Every morning that I take it off, I notice that there is better healing with my skin. I will definately document all that. The annoying thing is my camera does not capture it as well as in real life, but I will still post photos. I believe in the scar sheets, have researched them, my ps recommends them, so for the next 3 months (or more if needed) I will wear this one every night at bedtime. They say you wash it with soap & water & it gets sticky again. Some sheets I heard peel off or are hard to use or need tape to stick, but this one is so easy. Just stick it on & it stays put each night. Wash it once a week & it stays sticky. Perfect. Bought it on amazon. com for $44.00. So worth it I think!

So next week you will see my new pictures at 1 month post revision!

So worth it!!! Would do it again!!

I am very happy with my results - I just have had...

I am very happy with my results - I just have had a crazy few weeks. Devastated that my dog was diagnosed with cancer & had to be put down all within 3 weeks. We only had him 2 years. We adopted him at 8. He seemed so healthy until then & it was a complete shock. We made the difficult decision to put him down a week from this past thursday. Dealing with grief & my kids grief. I can't believe how much I miss him. I promised pics, but this is the last thing on my mind these days, so I will post pics when I am ready. I just looked at my before photos & cannot believe the difference. I really will make a point to post pictures. It is really a nice difference from before photos.

It is almost 2 months since my scar revision. I...

It is almost 2 months since my scar revision. I am very happy I did it. The line is much thinner & I know it will fade with time. Right now it is red, which is normal at this stage of healing. I have heard that it is its worst at 4 months & then gets better with time. I have posted new pictures! Very very happy!!

I use a handheld massager on my scar a few times a day, rub vaseline lotion on it & at night use a silicone strip.
Thank you for explaining how your scar got into the condition requiring the revision.
Hi Maof2 - Thank you! I am now 4 months post scar revision & it is healing very well. I have been using the silicone strips every night since about 1 month post op. I believe they are helping, but who knows how it would look if I did not use them? My scar is actually flat this time & before revision parts of it was raised & red up until almost 1 year after my tummy tuck!

I think you can try using silicone strips now. They say it takes about 3 months to notice a difference. My scar is very light & starting to get white/skin tone in some spots & the bottom of the scar is a bit thick & red (but all of it is flat!).

Give them a try- I heard that you can use them for older scars too. Scar fx is great- it stays sticky & you can wash it. I have had the same one for 3 months & it still sticks. It has to be clean & dry when you put it on though - I clean mine every few days. I plan on using it for at least another 6 months at night. Mine was the long one - I think 20" by 1" & I cut it to fit the length of my incision. I bought it on Amazon.com & it cost $40.00, but since I have gotten so much use out of it, definately worth it! Good luck!
Hey Madison, your scar looks great now and will look even much better in future. My TT scar also looks bad but seems to be getting better as the months go by. I use Bio Oil in the morning and night. I want to try the silicone strips but am not sure if it too late to use it as I am 8 months post TT op. What do you think?

I am sorry to have been off this site for quite a...

I am sorry to have been off this site for quite a few months. I think i needed a break from tummy tucks, etc. i will say that although i love my results & do not regret my decision, i am a bit frustrated that both my dog ears are still there & the scar at the bottom (after scar revision surgery) has stretched out again & still looks awful. I just hope that it will fade in time. I must be an awful scar healer! I am due to see my ps this month & will have the remaining dogears removed again, this time for good i hope! It has been a long road & it is very frustrating to still have to hide my dog ears & scar when i wear a bikini - 2nd summer since initial surgery!! ugh! I just want to see a smooth contour when i look at myself. my laptop broke & was without it for a month so i dont have pictures yet, but i will post as soon as i can.

Forgot to add that it has been 1 & 1/2 years since...

forgot to add that it has been 1 & 1/2 years since tummy tuck & 7 months since scar & dog ear revision surgery.
Hey girl, I am sorry to hear that you have had a long journey with your TT. Your scar does look better the second time around but I feel your pain. I have a high scar side as well that I am dealing with and I didn't get a flat result and my PS wanted to charge me like 5K for lipo 6 mos after doing the TT. I am still going through it. I also have 2 dog ears that I am dealing with. It sucks when trying to wear fitting clothing because they both show so I can't wear as tight blouses as I want to. I have an appointment with her again next week to try and convince her to do some lipo and the scar revision for a small fee since she doesn't seem willing to do anything for free. I just want this to be over and to be happy about this surgery and at this point, I just am not. I hope you get those DE's straight this time around!!! Keep us posted!
thanks cheweb!  i am very happy i did this, no regets at all. but, yes, very frustrating not seeing final results still. so he said to come back in feb. & if they do not go down on their own, he will fix them again. ugh!!  so tired of waiting.....
good luck with yours too! i hope she can fix them for a small fee. keep us updated!

I went to my ps today, 6 months after dog ear/scar...

i went to my ps today, 6 months after dog ear/scar revision & he told me it will probably go down on its own (i really doubt it). i told him it really bothers me & he popped some steristrips on them, gave me a ton of them to take home & told me to come back in february. if they are still there he will cut them out. ugh. 4 or 5 more months of looking at the ugly lumps. very frustrating. i just cannot wait until this revision stuff is over - so 2 years post tummy tuck when i can finally see my final results. since he wont fix it until feb/march i will also have to spend my 3rd summer since my surgery hiding the scar from the sun - it pops out about an inch or 2 from the top of my bikini bottom. oh well, still no regrets at all. i am so glad that my actual tummy, muscles & skin all look good - i am happy for that at least!

I went to my ps today, 6 months after dog ear/scar...

i went to my ps today, 6 months after dog ear/scar revision & he told me it will probably go down on its own (i really doubt it). i told him it really bothers me & he popped some steristrips on them, gave me a ton of them to take home & told me to come back in february. if they are still there he will cut them out. ugh. 4 or 5 more months of looking at the ugly lumps. very frustrating. i just cannot wait until this revision stuff is over - so 2 years post tummy tuck when i can finally see my final results. since he wont fix it until feb/march i will also have to spend my 3rd summer since my surgery hiding the scar from the sun - it pops out about an inch or 2 from the top of my bikini bottom. oh well, still no regrets at all. i am so glad that my actual tummy, muscles & skin all look good - i am happy for that at least!
It's good to see someone so far out. Seems like people get busy the further out they are and stop posting as much. I will be getting a revision for dog ears on both sides. Did you have your entire scar revised? You look incredible by the way. It gives me hope that this bloody swelling will someday go away completely. Granted mine isn't bad, it is just getting annoying. Some days it seems great and then others, like today I feel so tight and bloated. It also gives me a heads up that I will be again dealing with some swelling after the revision. Thanks for the heads up!
Thank you so much for your kind words!  I really liked when women who were 6 months to a year ahead of me updated.  It was nice to see what we could expect down the road.  I swelled for up to 6 months.  So annoying!  I did have entire scar cut out & sewn back together into a thin line. It is fading so nicely.  I saw your pictures & you look awesome!  I don't see any dog ears!  Your scar looks great & will totally fade.  I have to put up recent photos very soon - after my final dog ear removal in Feb. & after I lose the holiday 5 lbs - ugh!
Thanks for posting the update! You must have the patience of a saint! At 10 months p.o. tt/ bl I am definitely in the"itchy" phase! My scars are all still pretty red and raised up...not pretty. Like you,though, I am happy overall with the results.

I posted on my TT review too. I wanted to let you...

I posted on my TT review too. I wanted to let you know how I am doing 9 months after my scar revision. I know I previously posted that I have a dog ear that still needs to be reviewed, so I will update you after I get it fixed. That is just a simple office visit, so it should be fine.

My scar has healed the most this past month or so - I have noticed more changes. It was at its worst 3 - 4 months post revision. It was red/purple. Now part of it is a thin white line & the bottom part is almost skin color & a bit pink. I am so thrilled & loving my results. I have gained a few pounds from holiday yummies, but I can shed it within a week of healthy eating. I eat healthy 95% of the time & exercise daily, so no problem.

I am not using the silicone strips anymore, but comparing to the way my initial TT scar healed, it seems that they made a difference. This scar was not ropy or raised. I wore the strips every night for 6 months. Now I am just rubbing Palmers cocoa butter oil on it a few times a day, that is all. I also often massaged my scar with a plug in muscle massager & I really think that helped break up the scar tissue, causing it to heal faster & flat. I did not do that after my initial surgery. I also did not use good scar strips after my initial surgery, they were cheap ones that were not even thick & rubbery like the one that I used this time. I was able to wash it after a few wearings & it stuck right back on perfectly for 6 months!! So from experience healing a scar 2 times - I recommend massage & silicone scar sheets. I got mine from Amazon - Scar fx - a long thin strip that I had to cut down to size to fit my scar. 1" x 21" size. It was about $45 if I remember right, but lasted forever.

I will keep updating my progress, so look for my update at the end of next month after my dog ear removal!

PS: Look at the thick ropy scar in the first photo! That was almost a year after my TT! Now, 9 months after my revision, it looks nothing like that! I can imagine how it will be in about a year! Also, some may not know but if you double click the photos you can see them larger & read all the captions too.
How do u know u have dog ears?? Like is this something u noticed right away?
Yes, I did notice mine right after my initial tt surgery.  It is when the end of the incision the skin sits funny & sticks out like almost a triangle of skin.  After 6 months to a year, if they don't go down the doctor will remove them in office (a 15 - 20 min procedure) while numbing the area.  Usually that takes care of it, but he did not take enough of mine off so I have to go back tomorrow & hopefully he can remove them then. Most people do not get them though. 
Wow you look gorgeous and thank you so much for updating this. I feel your pain as I also had a FTT and I was never happy with scar dog ears etc. I had dogears cut off...they came back or never went?? I had lipo on flanks twice to improve them still they aer there and a big red scar after 5 years and using every scar treatment on the market. I have just had a full scar revision like you and had my scar lowered but sadly I think I see the dreaded dog ears :( So sadly for me too I am still not done. Looking at your pictures really give me hope as your scar looks amazing now. Thanks so much for sharing x

So as you know, it is almost a year since my scar...

So as you know, it is almost a year since my scar was revised & dog ears removed. After a few weeks of healing I noticed that the dog ear was not fully gone & have been waiting what feels like forever until I can have it removed. It will be my 2 year anniversary since of my TT on April 8 2011. The dog ear was so ugly & stuck out & was very noticable & I had to pull one side of my bikini higher the past 2 summers to hide it. It was protruding very much before the first removal & noticably enough after.

I am so happy to say that this past Wednesday I went in & had it removed. I am of course, a little nervous that it will come back & with good reason. The last time my dog ear was removed I was swollen & it looked like it was gone (see photos) for a few weeks & as the swelling went down I noticed another lump. This has been the longest healing process although I am still 110% happy that I had my TT & would do it again.

This time the procedure was done while I was awake - My PS numbed the area. I had it done in an out-patient same day surgery facility (not in his office like some PS do). I was able to drive myself there & home & even went back to work that day. I have never been awake for a surgery & it was so weird! I felt the pressure of the cutting at first, but it wasnt pain, just a weird sensation. Then felt nothing as he worked on it. Then he closed me up & I was done - I would say it took about 20 minutes total from beginning to end. It did not hurt at all until around 8 p.m. when I swelled up like a balloon & there was a little bleeding & quite a bit of pain. I had a whole bottle of oxycodone (sp?) from my scar revision last year & I took a tablet at bedtime. I also put ice on it immediately. That all helped & I slept fine. When I woke up the pain was gone & swelling down but I packed ice on it all day & wore my compression garment. I went to work, but had to be careful. By the end of each day so far I have been quite swollen, but that is to be expected. I am also bruised. I cannot see the incision line because I have tape over it. You can see by the latest photos how swollen I am on one side compared to the other. I am praying that when that swelling goes down I find a nice flat incision. I really cannot imagine waiting another year & going through another summer hiding a dog ear!! I will do my best to think positive!

I have posted photos & will keep posting more as I heal. On another note, my scar is healing very nicely. You have to look very closely to see a faint white line. The bottom middle is still healing, not a white line yet, but I am sure it will be soon.
Did he charge you for the revision?
Hi tifftiff, no he did not charge me for the revision at all.  The scar revision from last year I only had to pay anesthesia & hospital fees, it came to around $500 total.  When I went in 3 weeks ago to same day surgery center for the 2nd dog ear removal I did not pay anything at all, not even to the facility.  I am still healing now & it looks like it is gone so I am hoping this is over!
David - thank you for those very kind words!!  I really appreciate that!  I am so happy that this time the scar is fading nicely.  You are right - we see our own flaws & most people do not even notice them.  Good luck with your scar revision if you do decide to go through with it.  Keep us updated!

3 weeks post dog ear removal. I added a few new...

3 weeks post dog ear removal. I added a few new photos - they are at the end - click to see larger.

I saw my PS last week, he said everything looks good. Scar healed so thin & beautifully, cant even see it! I kept steri-strip on it 2 weeks, maybe that helped.

I do have a lump, but it is hard & is what my PS called a "pocket of blood". It was very large when I saw him last week. I went home that day & used my heated massager on it & the next morning I woke up to it half size smaller! Each day I use the massager 2 times for 5 minutes. Every morning it is smaller than the day before. You can see the lump in the photo at 4 days post op. Now it is very small & I am hoping that it does not turn into a dog ear. Last year at 3 weeks post op, my dog ear was gone, but came back, so I am not in the clear yet! I will keep massaging & hope for the best!
hi madison, i was looking at your scar revision and it looks amazing congrats. i had a full tummy tuck for months ago my scar was thin the first month and now is wide n thick. please can you tell me when you knew you needed a revision and the info for your doctor please. im desperate i had a fancy ps that dont believed in any remedy for my scar and im done with him. Please any advice with be greatly apreciated.
Hi Cangregita!  Thank you so much!  After my scar revision, my scar was so thin the first month or so & then widened again at the bottom, but it was not as bad as the first time.  I was very careful the 2nd time, but it still happened.  I think it is just from the tension of lifting, walking - daily life. The good thing is that the whole scar is fading, even the wide thick part.  At four months my scar was at it's absolute worst!  It was thick, red/purple - awful!  With daily massage & silicone strips (I felt they worked for me, but not everyone uses them) my scar faded very well.  My PS is Dr. Bennett Rothenberg in Livingston, NJ. He did not charge me for the revision because he did my initial surgery & wanted me to be 100% happy.  Oh, to answer your question - my PS made me wait a whole year after my TT until he did the scar revision.  It changes a lot after 4 months post op & during the first year.  Good luck & I hope your scar heals fast  & fades!
Thanks so much for your responce and thank God your scar healed and fade. Is very frustrating my ps don't like to talk and every time I complaint about my scar he takes out my before pics and kind of brush up the issues. I don't think he cares about me being happy. I pay 10000 for this. Im no saying hes bad. But he has a 0 in bedside manners. I hope at the end at least gets flat and fades. Thanks again . I think your scar looks great

Ok, so 1 month post dog ear removal & 2 years this...

Ok, so 1 month post dog ear removal & 2 years this coming 4/8 since my TT surgery. I am very happy - I can't believe the difference in swelling. I feel that the dog ear is finally gone. The last pictures are how it looks now. I love my curves - love how low the scar is - those marks you see in photos are not of my scar - they are just marks from my jeans pressing on my skin. I am wearing my lowest bikini underwear & you cannot see my scar! The part of the scar on the one side that goes higher will heal & fade & I am not worried at all now. I am massaging it every day & it looks like a very thin light line already. I am exercising again, eating right & starting to see my ab muscles show! I will keep updating as I heal & add a bikini shot soon! Thanks for your kind comments & for following my looonnng journey!
Hi Madison, sorry for so many questions. How did you massage your scars? Was it with a tool or by hand? How did you do it? Thanks. I promise this is the last question.
Hi Madison, I don't know if you are still keeping up with these comments but I hope so. I am 49 years old and had a full TT done 12 yrs ago. I have had dog ears on both sides and my surgeon was going to charge me to fix it so I lived with them this long. I decided to get rid of them and had it done 1 week ago with another surgeon. I have been looking at your pics trying to gage my recovery with the timeframes of the pics you have posted. How long would you say it took for the swelling to completely go down? Also, your 2nd dog ear revision was that only on your left? Cause on one of your pics you refer to your dog ear but it looks like it was on your right? Thanks for taking time to post your recovery and pics. You pics are my go to source for gaging my recovery. Thank you..
Hi! I swelled for at least 2 months after my dog ear revision. The worst was in the first 2 weeks. I had 2 revisions - first one took dog ears off both sides & thinned scar & a year later 2nd revision is on my right side. That was a stubborn dog ear! Now it is gone, but scar still there, it will take about a year before it fades to a white line. I do have to post pictures & an update soon. It has been 8 months since my revision. I am glad to help & let me know if you have any other questions! Hope you will be happy with your final results!

9 Months post 2nd dog ear revision on my tummy tuck

I have hesitated to update my review because I am carrying 10 extra pounds from my usual weight & I keep thinking I will just post update when I lose the weight. Through talking with another dear Real Selfer, I decided to add some photos. I always loved to see down the road updates myself, so here it is...

I think this summer was my worst as far as not looking like I wish in my bikinis/clothes. 10 lbs on me really shows in the flanks, thighs & arms, I am 5'3" so it shows more on me too, even a 5 lb gain shows. I don't look too bad in the photos, but believe me, none of my pants fit & it is visible to me. My tummy is a bit puffy, especially over the top of the scar on my right side. These photos make the scar look worse than it is because of the shadowing in my room, but it actually lightened up quite a bit. My 2 sides seem uneven, but when I lose the weight & am consistent with my workouts, it looks really good. I will not beat myself up over just 10 lbs. - one thing I am lucky about is that if I put my mind to it, I can lose the weight pretty quickly! With the holidays around the corner, I don't want to go into them with extra weight!

I started my workouts again this morning & am going to stick to them! I am also eating healthy & I will post the update after I get to my goal, hopefully next month!

My dog ear did not come back this time thankfully! I am so happy about that.

Hold on for photos - I am having trouble posting them but am working on it..


Here are the photos. You can see my lower belly is rounded & puffy, but in a few weeks it will flatten out. Would you believe I still have a light bruise from 9 months ago?! That is the dark spot you see on my latest dog ear revision - it will fade, I heard it can take up to a year!
Just found you!  I'm about to do the same thing :).  I have six dog ears (two on each breast and one on each side of my TT scar) that I'm getting revised next week.  Your result is absolutely beautiful!  I sure hope I can get a great result like that!!  Congratulations :D
Hi! Thank you so much!! I really need to update & will be sure to do so in the next week. It has healed very well & I am so happy. Good luck to you, you will be so happy with your results!
Thank you :).  I look forward to reading your update!

1 & 1/2 years since final dog ear removal, 2 & 1/2 since scar revision

I promised an update & was waiting to lose those 15 pounds before I posted, but oh well....here goes: I am very happy with my results. The scar is still visible, but I know it will fade eventually, as it gradually has since I had the surgery.

The dog ear is finally gone! The scar is still light pink & visible over a swimsuit, but it does not stop me from wearing a 2 piece. The left side scar is white & very faint, of course that side is not visible in a 2 piece.

Anyone who is thinking of doing a dog ear removal, scar revision - go for it!
You're looking so good! I'm glad you're happy with your scar now. It looks very faded, compared to the first initial TT scar :)
Thank you!!!!! I am so happy!!
Scar looks soo thin and fading amazing. So happy for you
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Very happy with results now - did have to go through 2 revision surgeries (2nd only dog ear again), which is very rare, but thrilled with end result & happy to finally move on!

4 out of 5 stars Overall rating
4 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
4 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
4 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
4 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
4 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
4 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
4 out of 5 stars Payment process
4 out of 5 stars Wait times
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