Is This What I'm Left With? Dog Ears or Swelling and Will This Go Away on Its Own? (photo)

I am 20 years old and 8 weeks out of surgery. I lost 100 lbs a few years ago and go a tummy tuck in the beginning of the summer. My results are not bad at all, the only thing I'm hating is the ends of my incision. Could this be possible swelling still or are these dog ears? I'm going back to school soon and wont have time to see my PS again until Thanksgiving and I was hoping for the best and just having this be swelling and not dog ears.

Doctor Answers 7

Dogears after Tummy Tuck Surgery

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Congratulations on your weight loss!!   I do think you have small dogears on each side.   This may resolve with conservative measures such as massage, but time will tell.  

I would plan to check back with your plastic surgeon at Thanksgiving.   If the same or not significantly improved, they can be safely addressed in the office with some local numbing medicine.   Recovery is minimal and should not affect your school schedule.


I hope this helps!!

Dr. Gill





Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Is This What I'm Left With? Dog Ears or Swelling and Will This Go Away on Its Own?

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NO! the "dog ears will need revision to give a better result/appearance. Seek discussions with your chosen surgeon. 

Tummy tuck result

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It looks like you have a pretty good result.  Please give more time for your swelling to resolve.  massaging those "dog ear" areas will likely help flatten these areas.  If they do not resolve, I would recommend you see your PS when you return to the area for a possible scar revision (dog ear excision) if it is needed.  Best of luck!

Dr. Basu

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? Dog Ears or Swelling and Will This Go Away on Its Own?

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Overall it looks like you have had a very nice result. If these are the ends of the incisions, it looks as though your surgeon went as far as possible without turning you over to do a more extensive body lift. 

These irregularities at the ends of a TT incision are not uncommon, and I think that is what you have. you may get some improvement over a few months, but chances are that to get rid of these the incisions will have to be lengthened a bit. Usually this is an office procedure under local anesthesia. 

Thanks for the question, best wishes.

Jourdan Gottlieb, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon

Swelling after abdominoplasty

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It may take several more months to achieve your final result.  In most instances, the issues you are concerned about will resolve.  If not, a simple excision in the office can correct the dog ears.


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You are still very swollen it takes 6-9 months for the swelling to completely subside. You are still healing and the dog ear you are seeing should get better.


Stuart B. Kincaid, MD, FACS (in memoriam)
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon

Dog ears after tummy tuck

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The folds at the end of your tummy tuck do look like dog ears, or more politely put, a residual skin fold or excess at the incision end. We all hate the idea of a revision, but all of us will see them from time to time depending on the degree and location of skin excess, and choosing where we might best end the incision. Yours might go away though, if not an office revision of the fold will solve the issue.

Peter E. Johnson, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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