I think that tummy tuck swelling is related to how much of the skin you have to elevate off its blood supply from the muscle. Some of the older techniques, separated tissue all the way out to the sides and all the way up to the rib cage. This makes the addition of liposuction a little tricky and certainly would delay the regrowth of the lymphatics and veins that would allow for the swelling to abate. I hope this is helpful. Good luck.
Swelling will persist for as long as it takes new venous and lymphatic channels to re-form after the skin/fat is elevated off of the muscle. That being said, swelling for years is uncommon, at least in my experience. I have had patients that felt like they were still swollen but after examining them we both agreed that actually it was more of a bloat problem that was more noticeable because their tummies were so much tighter.
Hello dear, thanks for your post and provided information as well. In general cases is form 3 to 6 months, but that will be different from patient to patient.
It is normal to see swelling after tummy tuck; the swelling is more
common in the dependent position such as lower abdomen and pubic region.
Especially toward the end of day or if you have been active during the
day, you would see more swelling. It will take up to 3 months for
all the swelling to disappear. However, if you see a sudden
swelling or persistent swelling, you may want to see your plastic
surgeon to rule out hematoma/seroma. Also, follow your plastic
surgeon's post-operative instruction in regards to compression garment
and activity limitation. Good luck :)
Tummy tuck post op swelling
I am so sorry that you are still experiencing post op swelling. Whenever we give a range for recovery, it is just an average. I am assuming that you've been assessed in person by your surgeon just to make sure that nothing else is going on? If not, please do so.
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