TT: can I still be swollen after 5 months, do I have dog ears and is it necessary to extend my incision? (photos)
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Accurate planning of body contouring surgery
It is not always possible to predict the outcome of surgery in details. Time, at least 6 months for most body contouring procedures, is needed for surgical result to mature to the point that initial result of surgery may be critically evaluated. It is impossible to predict in detail elements like scarring, skin retraction, weight loss (or gain), postoperative swelling, seroma and multiple other factors involved in the process of healing. Reaction to surgery (surgical injury) may be very individual. For that reason surgical plan ( in your case conversion from abdominoplasty/liposuction to circumferential body contouring) may need to be altered based on residual "deformity". Even most experienced surgeons can not predict individual patient response to such a complex set of events. You should discuss your further plan of treatment with your surgeon having in mind that surgery is a complex interplay of surgical procedures and patient own, sometime very individual response to them. Good luck.
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