Feels Like Ropes Underneath Skin Along Tummy Tuck Incision?

Is it normal to feel like ropes are underneath my skin along my tummy tuck incision? I am 3 weeks post-op.

Doctor Answers 4

It may be the sutures that you are feeling


Thank you for your question.  If the "ropes" that your are feeling run perpendicular to your incision line you are most likely feeling the sutures and some of the tension on the tissue that they create when they are tied.  Most of the plastic surgeons use dissolvable sutures so this feeling should subside as swelling improves and the sutures begin to dissolve.

All the best,

Dr Remus Repta

Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 165 reviews

At three weeks, the tummy tuck incision feel just as you are describing

The process of healing takes time and at three weeks, you should feel exactly what you are feeling.  The scar feels raised, hard, and like a rope.  This will flatten and soften with time.  Ask your plastic surgeon for a scar ointment to speed this along.

Richard H. Lee, MD
Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

Tummy tuck healing

It sounds like from your description that you are feeling the incision healing below the skin.  This is typically normal and should soften with time.  Check with your plastic surgeon and see what they recommend.  At my Austin, Texas plastic surgery practice I have patient massage the areas and they will gradually fade away.  Thanks. Dr. Kerr

Mahlon Kerr, MD, FACS
Austin Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 217 reviews

Rope Feeling

Without pictures or being able to examine you, no online physician would be able to give you a reliable answer.  I suggest you go see your operating surgeon ASAP for assessment.

Warmest Regards,

Asif Pirani, MD, FRCS(C)

Asif Pirani, MD, FRCS(C)
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 35 reviews

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