Help on Swelling?

I looked great right after my tt (2 wks ago) but now I am more swollen and mis-shapen-also where I had lipo on this normal?

Doctor Answers 6

Swelling 2 Weeks after Tummy Tuck and Liposuction

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       Swelling at 2 weeks after tummy tuck and liposuction is the norm and should be much better in 3 months.  Make sure that you are wearing your compression garments as instructed.

Swelling Normal 2 Weeks After Tummy Tuck

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Thank you for your question. Swelling two weeks after a tummy tuck is normal and will resolve in time. You can expect some degree of swelling for several months after surgery. Be patient.

George Bitar, MD
Fairfax Plastic Surgeon
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Swelling following an abdominoplasty

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It is certainly not unusual to have swelling following an abdominoplasty and liposuction.  This can be due to normal tissue edema or the development of a seroma or fluid collection under the skin.   If you get more swollen during the day and it has gone down in the morning then this is fairly normal.  If it is expanding and never goes away then it is time for a trip to your plastic surgeon for an evaluation   

Jeffrey Zwiren, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Post op swelling

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It sounds like you have post op swelling, which is normal.  You should contact your surgeon for an examination to verify that you have swelling, and not a hematoma. 

Robert E. Zaworski, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy Tuck/ Liposuction Swelling

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Hi Beth,

  • Swelling in the areas of liposuction may take 6-12 weeks to settle.
  • Tummy tuck swelling gradually goes away over 3-6 months.
  • Increasing swelling should always be immediately reported to your PS. This could be caused by a hematoma (bleeding under the skin) but becomes less likely after 2 weeks. Seroma (collection of fluid under skin) can also occur several weeks after tummy tuck.
  • Mild swelling that occurs above the incision at the end of the day (but decreases during the day) may last for several months and is normal.

Thanks for your question and good luck!

Stephen M. Lazarus, MD
Knoxville Plastic Surgeon

Help on Swelling

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Please consider attaching some photos. Without them it is quite unlikely that our responses will be of much validity. Swelling that develops this late is suggestive of a fluid collection (seroma), so a call to your surgeon seems appropriate. 

Thanks, best wishes. 

Jourdan Gottlieb, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon

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