Hard, Painful Bumps Near Tummy Tuck Incision

2 months after my surgery i noticed a bump next to my tummy tuck scar. it started a little bump but it has grown a lot. its so hard and hurts. i'm worried i just found another one coming, it's little but is this normal?

Doctor Answers 4

Bumps around Tummy Tuck Incision

Hi there-

It sounds like you are feeling some of the deep tissue sutures used to close your incision, and/or the scar tissue produced by your body in response to them, but without examining you, it would be impossible to know for sure.

Your best bet is going to be to visit your surgeon for an exam.

Orlando Plastic Surgeon
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Lumps after tummy tuck

These painful area most certainly can represent a reactive process around sutures.  Your surgeon should be made aware of this issue.  Close follow up is warranted.  These areas usually resolve in several months.  


Dr. ES

Hard, painful bumps near tummy tuck incision

Great question. They are deep suture areas that usually resolve over time, like 3 weeks or more. Use local wound care protocols.

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Darryl J. Blinski, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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Hard, painful bumps near Tummy Tuck Incision

Hard, painful bumps near Tummy Tuck Incision are not "normal" but unless they are accompanied by redness and or drainage would probably not pose any threat.

You are probably looking at the body's efforts to get rid of some deep stitches. The hardness you are feeling is likely the knot and in a few days a round hole will form through which the knot may be felt. See your surgeon. He will snip the stitch and in a week it will be largely healed.

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon
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