I had a fleur de lis done Oct 5, though I like what I see, I'm not 100% satisfied. (photo)

My belly is not FLAT! I don't know if that just a false expectation that I had! I also feel a harden area surrounding my navel! Which of course was reposition! Is this normal. Is this just swelling? Will my belly go down more! I'm feeling really down and feel like I just threw away $$$$

Doctor Answers 5

Nice result

Hi.  It looks like you have a nice result, and really, you should be very pleased about it.  Remember, that at 3 weeks post-op, there is still some swelling, particularly in the lower part of your tummy, to resolve.

Cheer up!

Orlando Plastic Surgeon
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Post-op swelling

Sorry to hear you are not satisfied with your result.  Overall, it looks like your PS did a god job.  There will always be some swelling after surgery so this is not the end result.  Consult with your PS to be sure you don't have a fluid collection (seroma).  The swelling may take 6-12 months completely resolve so give it some time and I think you will be pleased.

Victor Ferrari, MD, FACS
Charlotte Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy tuck results

I am sorry to hear that you aren't happy. The swelling can take up to 6 months to fully subside so I would encourage you to continue to be patient. Your results may improve over the next couple of months. If at 6 months post op, you are still unsatisfied then schedule an appointment to see your surgeon to discuss your options.


Kouros Azar

Kouros Azar, MD
Thousand Oaks Plastic Surgeon
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Post Op Recevery Time


Typical swelling from an Abdominoplasty lasts 4 months or more. I'm not sure why realistic expectations were not set for your recovery but I recommend that you discuss with your Plastic Surgeon what to expect while you heal. The activity limitations, changing appearance and maturing or scars will all progress over the next 4-6 months.

All the best

Jerome Edelstein, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 179 reviews

Stomach not flat, surgery October 5

Thank you for the question and the picture.     You are very early in the healing process,  it is too early to appreciate a final result.  Follow all of your post op instruction and discuss your concerns with your PS.    Hopefully in 6-12 months you will be very happy with your results.          Good Luck

Ivor B. Kaplan, MD
Norfolk Plastic Surgeon
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