Tummy tuck with muscle repair
I understand your concern. It is possible for a muscle repair to become somewhat lax because of a number of reasons including inherent weakness or thickness of the rectus muscle, too much stress on the repair (can be unintentional, for example with a bout of coughing) or technical limitations. Your surgeon should be able to test the integrity and position of the muscles easily and advise you.
Your muscle repair could have relaxed or you might have some swelling and/or excess fat remaining in your lower abdomen. Let thing settle and heal for at least 6 months before considering additional surgery to improve the result. It might get better on it's own before that.
John Di Saia MD
Muscles Relaxed after Tummy Tuck?
Thank you for the question and pictures.
The fullness you have in the abdominal wall area is either muscle laxity, adipose tissue, or seroma ( fluid collection). Exactly what is going on should be determined by direct physical examination ( examining you in the upright, supine and flexed positions). Best wishes.
Swelling after tummy tuck
It is difficult to evaluate from photos alone. It is possible that you have swelling or a fluid collection called a sero,a. It is also possible that the rectus diastasis repair has failed or stretched. You need to discuss this fully with your surgeon and he should be able to determine the correct course of action.
Just based on your photos, it is impossible to give you specific advice or make a diagnosis. You may have fluid collection or failure of the diastasis repair. You should definitely discuss this with your surgeon.
You may definitely want to ask your surgeon if your abdominal wall was tightened with sutures. I have found that one row in the mid line of the tummy may not be enough. However, a fluid collection may also be a reasonable cause. Going back to your surgeon will help you answer your concerns.
Could Muscles Have Relaxed After Tummy Tuck?
Based solely on the posted photos you could have: 1. seroma, 2. ruptured muscle repair, 3. in adequate muscle repair, or none done, 4. combination of theses. Best to see your chosen surgeon or obtain second opinions. Best of luck.
Muscles relaxed after TT?
it is possible but I'd suggest you wait for at least 6 months to let the swelling all go down. Then talk to your surgeon about your results. When you see your surgeon next week, have them check out the area as well for a better assessment.
Swelling can take months to resolve. Without a before photo, it would be difficult to say how your results look at this point. However, I think you may want to wait about 4-6 months before you judge your results. By that time, most of the swelling should have resolved so you’ll have a better idea of your results.
Swelling 6 weeks after tummy tuck
Thank you for your question. Your photographs seen to show a nice result after your abdominoplasty.
Although failure of the muscle repair is a possibility my guess is that your swelling will continue to improve.
Please be certain to see your plastic surgeon and ask if evidence of failure of the muscle repair.