Will this crease go away? (Photo)

I had a tummy tuck with muscle repair and umbilical hernia repair with lipo on flanks 10 days ago. My doctor says everything looks great and it looks good to me as well . Only today I noticed a small crease right below my bellybutton and I am panicking! Is this normal? Will it go away? Could my compression garmet cause this..?although i do not believe its too tight..

Doctor Answers 13

Tummytuck Concerns

I appreciate your concern, but it is way too early in your postop course to worry. Your photo does not show any serious problems. Consult with your plastic surgeon and try to be patient because it appears that you have a great result! Good luck!

New York Plastic Surgeon
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You are very early in the post-op and it may be related to swelling. Best to review with your surgeon if you have concerns.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

Crease after tummy tuck

You are still in the very early stages of your post operative recovery and its too early to determine your final result.  Be patient and continue to closely follow your plastic surgeons post operative guidelines.

Robert Drielsma, MBBS, BSc, FRACS
Sydney Plastic Surgeon
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You are very early in the healing and settling process which can take several weeks to months. Close follow up with your plastic surgeon is recommended during this process.

Harry T. Haramis, MD, FACS
Montclair Plastic Surgeon
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10 days post op

At 10 days out you remain swollen.  The appearance should all improve with resolution. If not continue to discuss it with your surgeon.  

Best of luck

J. Brad Turner, MD
Lexington Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

Still so early

At only 10 days, there is still swelling in the tissue, and the binder I'm sure is squeezing the tissues as well.  Of course, you should be bringing her concerns up to your surgeon, but I usually recommend time and massage for small things like this, which almost always settle out and flatten. 
Best of luck!

Dr. Subbio
Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon
Newtown Square/Philadelphia, PA

Christian Subbio, MD
Philadelphia Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 65 reviews

Crease Around Belly Button After Abdominoplasty

Thank you for your question. It is hard to tell if the crease will resolve; however, there is a good chance it will improve over time as your swelling resolves in the next several weeks to months. Check back with your surgeon. 

Sharline Z. Aboutanos, MD
Richmond Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 3 reviews

Post op appearance

I see the crease but it is far too early to tell if it will stay or not. Keep following your surgeon's instructions.

Ronald Schuster, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 81 reviews

Tummy tuck

You are still very early in the post operative period so please be patient with your results.  As the swelling goes down the appearance of your belly button will change.  Best wishes!

Anh Lee, MD
El Paso Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 37 reviews

Will this crease go away?

In all likelihood, minor problems like this resolve with time. It is certainly something that you should follow up with your surgeon. He or she may recommend massage for scar therapy to help with this problem.

Michael Hueneke, MD
Nashville Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 63 reviews

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