Leakage from incision.

I had a full tummy tuck done on September 15. Drains were removed on sept. 23. I have noticed a little amount of clear blood colored leakage coming from one spot. The incision is not gapping. It appears closed. Is this normal to have a little leakage?

Doctor Answers 6

Tummy Tuck- Oozing after surgery

Thanks for your question. A little oozing from the incision after surgery is quite common, but just in case check in with your PS. Your PS may want to see you to make sure there is no fluid collection under the skin or infection.

Washington DC Plastic Surgeon
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Leakage from Tummy Tuck incision

Yes.  A small amount of blood along the incision can be normal.   However, if the leakage continues, changes to a whitish color, or if there is abnormal swelling or redness around the incision site, let you plastic surgeon know.  It is important to keep in contact with your doctor and his/her office.

Best Wishes!

Cecilia Franco-Webb, MD
Denver Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy tuck

Thank you for your question.

A little fluid seeping out can be common but it is important that you let your plastic surgeon know about this because they may want to exam the area to rule out any type of complication or infection. Best of luck in your recovery.

James Fernau, MD, FACS
Board Certified ENT
Board Certified Plastic Surgery
Member of ASPS, ASAPS, ISAPS, The Rhinoplasty Society, AAFPRS, OTO/HNS, ASLMS, International Federation for Adipose Therapeutics & Science

James Fernau, MD, FACS
Pittsburgh Plastic Surgeon
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Leakage from Incision

It may take several months for a tummy tuck patient’s scars to soften, for sensation to return, and for relaxing of the tight sensation in the abdomen. In the case of extensive surgery, abdominoplasty recovery can be uncomfortable and may take longer. Scars may stay red, become thick or widen. It can take 12-18 months for the scars to settle.

These can be improved with topical treatments such as BioCorneum, Scar Guard, Scar Fade and Mederma. Redness can be improved with laser treatments and the scars can be kept narrow with products such as Embrace.  On occasion, keloids or hypertrophic scars can develop and will need treatment including Kenalog, 5FU and laser.

When it comes to the leakage you are experiencing it would be best to visit your surgeon immediately to have the area examined for potential infection and make sure everything is healing properly. Good luck.

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Leakage from incision

If you are experiencing leakage from your incision, you need to see your surgeon for evaluation to make sure that everything is ok.  Best of luck.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy Tuck/Abdominoplasty/Liposuction/Vaser High Definition Procedures/Tummy Tuck Revision

I appreciate your question.

Since there has been a change in your post op course, please contact your surgeon so he/she can examine you and recommend the most appropriate treatment plan at this time.

The best way to assess and give true advice would be an in-person exam.

Please see a board-certified plastic surgeon that specializes in aesthetic and restorative plastic surgery.

Best of luck!

Dr. Schwartz

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon


Jaime S. Schwartz, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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