Early in recovery phase
You are very early in the recovery phase of a tummy tuck. Especially if a lot of liposuction was done, you may be swollen for several weeks. I find in my patients, that the swelling looks better in the morning and worse in the afternoon while you're up right. Once the drain is out in a compression garment is placed, I think you'll start to look better and better each week. I recommend you follow-up with your plastic surgeon as recommended by he or she.
My tummy tuck, is this it?
You're only 11 days post op. Give yourself more time to heal before you start comparing side by side results. Keep in mind that liposuction is always an option later, because liposuction during a tummy tuck is very limited. Make sure you follow all of your board certified plastic surgeon's directions and keep all post operative appointments.
Thank you for your question and for sharing your pictures!
Melinda Lacerna, MD FACS
Thank you for your question and your pictures. At this early stage in recovery you are still very swollen. Expect to start seeing results at least 6-8 weeks down the road and final results at least 6 months. Be patient and keep all your appointments with your PS to ensure the best recovery.
Not much different after abdominoplasty.
At just 11 days and the drains still in it can be hard to judge progress, though as you mention the abdominal flap hip to hip is now gone. Stick with regular appointments, watch your diet and see how things sort out.
Abdominoplasty - where's my result?
Thank you for your question about your tummy tuck.
- Yes - you are very swollen.
- your result will appear slowly, as swelling subsides.
- It subsides top-down.
- At 6 weeks you will have an idea of your result
- It takes 6 full months to see the final result.
Always consult a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.
Best wishes. Elizabeth Morgan MD PHD FACS
My tummy does not look much different after getting an abdominoplasty. Is it because of swelling?
Thank you for your question and for sharing your photographs. At 11 days you do have a significant amount of swelling taking place along your lower abdomen that will be obscuring your long-term results, but without an in-person examination it is difficult to know how much of an improvement you will see. If you did not have a significant amount of muscle laxity prior to surgery the rounded appearance of your stomach is the result of the fat found deep to your muscles. This tissue can only be addressed through diet and exercise to achieve a flatter stomach. Voice your concerns to your surgeon, they should be able to review with you your ultimate results and any tips to enhance them.
Not knowing how you looked before surgery nor exactly what was done at your surgery makes it impossible to respond very specifically. Suffice it to say, your flap is gone and your swelling appears normal for this early. That will improve but over weeks and months, not days and weeks.
10 days post op, some advices:
Thank you very much for sharing your concerns with us.
At this point (10 days post-po) the swelling is normal.
To reduce it, I recommend you perform daily lymphatic drainage massage therapy over the abdomen and wear a postoperative girdle from thigh to the breasts.
Dr. Emmanuel Mallol Cotes.-