One side of tummy tuck more swollen, is this extra skin/fat or normal swelling? (photos)
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Fullness on one side
Swelling or fat?
Thanks for your question. In general, after 3-4 months one can get a fairly good idea of the long term outcome. However, there is still some chronic swelling that resolves slowly over the course of 6-12 months and often minor asymmetries will resolve with time. Based on the amount of stretch marks present, I suspect you had a significant amount of loose skin present before surgery and overall have a nice result. The only way to tell for sure is to be examined in person. Minor post-op asymmetry can often be resolves with minor touch-up liposuction. Good luck!
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Thank you for your question and pictures. While you may have extra fat on the one side, you still have swelling at 4 months. I usually tell my patients to wait a minimum of 6 months before considering a revision. If you attempt to revise the area before the swelling has resolved, you can end up with even more unevenness. I recommend that you discuss you concerns with your plastic surgeon and give the healing process a little more time.
Too early to judge outcome
4 months post op. some advices:
At this point (4months post-po) the swelling have to be minimal.
To reduce it, I recommend you perform daily lymphatic drainage massage therapy over the abdomen and wear a postoperative girdle from thigh to the breasts.
If the fter six months post-op, I recommend you send us your photos again, to give you more information about how we can solve this problem.
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Abdominoplasty swelling and asymmetry
It is not uncommon to have asymmetries after an abdominoplasty, especially with the upper flap thicker than the lower one. Many times this is due to the central abdominal fat which is thicker than the fat below the lower incision. Sometimes this may just be swelling which can take up to a year to resolve or in few instances may represent a seroma (collection of fluid under the skin). A physical exam would answer many of these questions.
You should follow up with your surgeon for their evaluation.
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Post-Op Healing From Tummy Tuck
A little asymmetry only 4 months after tummytuck is ok
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