How Long Swelling Last After TT? (photo)

is abdominal-swelling-after 6 weeks of having a tummy tuck normal? And how long those it last? I still look like i'am 7 months pregnant

Doctor Answers 3

Swelling vs. normal body habitus.

An abdominoplasty treats the excess skin and fat outside the abdominal cavity (above the muscles). From your photo, you appear to have a large amount of what we call visceral fat. This is fat around the intestines. The only way to reduce this is diet and exercise. No surgical procedure (outside of bariatric surgery) can correct this. Although swelling can persist up to 3 months after a tummy tuck, it should be improving week to week.

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Possible causes of upper abdominal fullness following an abdominoplasty

There are two possible causes of your post abdominoplasty result.  First, from your body shape it appears that you have hyperlordosis of the lower lumbar spine.  This is a curvature of the spine in the lumbar region just above your pelvis. This makes the area above the umbilicus appear to protrude.   It also appears you have a good deal of visceral or intra-abdominal fat.  There is nothing you can do about the hyperlordosis of the lower lumbar spine but if you lose 12 to 15 pounds you may find that this upper abdominal fullness will decrease substantially since the first 10 to 15 pounds of weight loss is usually this intra-abdominal fat.  

Jeffrey Zwiren, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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How Long Swelling Last After TT

Some swelling can last 3-6 months. Be certain that your surgeon doesn't suspect a fluid collection that would need to be treated. 

I can't tell much from the posted photo. Better to see a side view that also shows the back and a pre-op view. It is hard to make specific comments that might be useful without those. 

All the best. 

Jourdan Gottlieb, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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