Is my swelling normal and will it go away? (photo)

Hey! I had my surgery done on December 12, 2013 so I am now 3 weeks post op, I was expecting a flatter result, will this swelling go down or will I forever have this pudge? I wear my compression suit 24/7 like I'm suppose to.

Doctor Answers 5

You ARE swollen at 3 weeks post-op!

Your swelling will continue to diminish over the next 6-12 weeks; final results will not be completely achieved until 6-12 months, and are of course contingent upon your not gaining weight during that time.

Compression is good, though not all PS utilize it and they achieve good results too. I personally find that at this time some sort of compression like Spanx or other brand body shapers will help your lymphatic swelling to resolve most rapidly, and I also have my tummy tuck patients see our massage therapist for 6 complimentary sessions to help stimulate more rapid absorption of swelling. Not necessary, just helpful!

Relax; your result looks fine for 3 weeks post-op. Completely "flat" may not be in the cards for each and every patient, dependent upon the intra-abdominal contents pushing out despite muscle repair. To avoid damaging your excellent outcome thus far, don't over eat, now or in the next year, and don't resume exercise too soon--follow your surgeon's recommendations! Best wishes! Dr. Tholen

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