Pubic Area Huge After Tummy Tuck? (photo)

I'm 4 days post op and I'm honestly freaking out about this. It looks so ridiculous. Even when I'm laying down it doesn't flatten. Does that mean anything if it's always swollen even laying down? Is that a good thing or a bad thing? Anyways everything else my doctor did was perfect in my opinion ( I had a breast augmentation as well as the tummy tuck). This is my only concern. Oh also there is not really any pain in the pubic area. I purchased compression garments I hope they work.

Doctor Answers 13

Mons pubis swelling

This area often swells up after a tummy tuck.  Especially after just four days, you have some degree of swelling in this area.  There is a possibility that there is some fat in this area.  This could be easily be removed with some liposuction if necessary.  It looks like your surgeon did a nice job and if you did have a significant collection of fat in the mons pubis area, it is unlikely that he didn't consider this during your consultation.  Please wait for your swelling to resolve before making any conclusions about your issue.  Best of luck and thank you for your question.

Honolulu Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 48 reviews

Pubic swelling after a tummy tuck

I don't see a drain in you so I will assume that you have fluid and swelling more than if you did have a drain.  Also, gravity makes all fluid settle into the pubic area.  Plus, depending on how much fat was there before and how the muscle tightening was done, the pubic area can look larger.  Give it all 6 months of healing, stick close to your doctor and see what things look like at that time. 

Richard P. Rand, MD, FACS
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 67 reviews

Pubic Area Huge After Tummy Tuck?

See you surgeon ASAP to evaluate this pubic edema or swelling. Cause could be seroma fluid that needs drainage. Follow up please

Darryl J. Blinski, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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Pubic Area Huge after Tummy Tuck

Many patients experience swelling as you describe shortly after tummy tuck and body contouring surgeries.  It is far too early to be concerned, especially since there is so much fluid retention in this area after surgery.  Continue the compression garments and perform gentle massaging of the area twice daily.  This should improve over the next 2 months. If it persists after several months, a secondary surgery (often liposuction) can be done to reduce the fullness. It is always best to discuss your concerns with your plastic surgeon.

Erez Sternberg, MD
Jacksonville Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 32 reviews

Swelling in Pubic Area after TT

It is not uncommon to have swelling in the mons pubis while in the healing phase of a Tummy Tuck.   I am sure your Plastic Surgeon will monitor the swelling as you are healing.

Robert E. Zaworski, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 60 reviews

Swelling in pubic area

Although swelling occurs in the treated area, trapped fluids get forced downward because of gravity. That’s why your pubic area is swollen. Please follow your surgeon’s instructions and wear your compression garment as advised. This should help reduce swelling, which can last for several months.

Leila Kasrai, MD, FRCSC
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 66 reviews

Pubic Area Huge After Tummy Tuck

Thank you for your question. It is normal to have swelling in the mons area in the first few weeks after a tummy tuck. This swelling will improve. It is too early to judge your results. Final results of a tummy tuck will take 9-12 months. See your surgeon to discuss your concerns. Best wishes.

Jeff Angobaldo, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 104 reviews

Pubic Area Huge After Tummy Tuck?

I find that this happens fairly often after tummy tuck and even after abdominal liposuction.  The mons pubis and the labia tend to hold onto the swelling, especially as they are in the dependent (lower portion) position.  continue to monitor the area and follow up with your surgeon.

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Garrett A. Wirth, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 11 reviews

Pubic swelling after tummy tuck

Thanks for your question and pictures.  Swelling  in the pubic area after a tummy tuck is very common.  Swelling will have a tendency to settle in dependent areas and the pubic area is  prone to this.  Do gentle massage, keep close contact with your surgeon, and follow the post op instructions.  If it persists, there are options such as liposuction a few months from now.

Naveen Setty, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 74 reviews

Pubic area huge after abdominoplasty

some things to consider.  this area may have been huge before the surgery but you could not see it as well or it did not look as large because the referance point was a larger "tummy" area.  also there may be some swelling that has not resolved.  eitherway, if it persists it can be revised with both excision and liposuction.

Adam Bryce Weinfeld, MD
Austin Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 57 reviews

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