Swelling, lumps, indention and pain 1 year, 5 months, 26 days since I had my tummy tuck. (photos)
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Problems after Tummy Tuck
It looks like you had an area of delayed healing that has distorted your scar. That along with the other issues that you describe will definitely require a surgical revision to correct. At that surgery, your surgeon will be able to assess for a fluid collection in the upper abdomen and/or retighten your muscles along with revision of the scar.
Post-Op Swelling and Lumps
Swelling can persist for several months and will gradually improve and will look better at three months, six months, and even one year. Frequently the pubic area and the scrotal and penis area for men can become very swollen and discolored during the first two weeks due to gravity as this is the lowest area for swelling to accumulate.
It also may take several months for a tummy tuck patient’s scars to soften, for sensation to return, and for relaxing of the tight sensation in the abdomen. In the case of extensive surgery, abdominoplasty recovery can be uncomfortable and may take longer. Scars may stay red, become thick or widen. It can take 12-18 months for the scars to settle.
These can be improved with topical treatments such as BioCorneum, Scar Guard, Scar Fade and Mederma. Redness can be improved with laser treatments and the scars can be kept narrow with products such as Embrace. On occasion, keloids or hypertrophic scars can develop and will need treatment including Kenalog, 5FU and laser.
Now, while you may still have some time before the complete healing process ends, you are still able to visit your surgeon to have the area examined for proper healing. Any concerns or fears you may have about your healing process should be discussed with your surgeon to make that everything is going as it should. Good luck!
Swelling, lumps, indention and pain 1 year, 5 months, 26 days since I had my tummy tuck.
Thank you for your question and series of photographs and I am sorry that your results have not been what you anticipated. It is difficult without an in-person examination to determine what may be taking place. It appears that you have remaining excess skin and adipose tissue and perhaps muscle laxity and visceral fat contributing to the rounded appearance of your stomach. It would be important to ensure that other issues are not taking place, however, such as a discrete fluid collection. Hope this helps.