After Tummy Tuck, is it normal to get swollen near the scar area ?
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TT 6 weeks post op
After the first 7 to 10 days the patient is placed in an elastic garment for compression over the next six weeks.
Swelling can persist for several months and will gradually improve and will look better at three months, six months, and even one year. Frequently the pubic area and the scrotal and penis area for men can become very swollen and discolored during the first two weeks due to gravity as this is the lowest area for swelling to accumulate. If you have concerns about your swelling, or the swollen area moves with a wave-like motion when tapped, please contact your PS. An evaluation may need to occur.
In my opinion, you can return to full activity without restrictions at 6 weeks.
Incisions and Scars
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. Best Wishes to you!
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Swelling near scar area
Thank you for your question. Swelling and tenderness can still be common for some time after this procedure, especially as you begin to increase your activity. At our office we tell patients to not judge the final result until 6 to 12 months after surgery. Swelling can be very common underneath the incision as well, since swelling moves with gravity. If this issue continues to concern you, make sure you make an appointment to meet with your plastic surgeon. Good luck!
Tummy Tuck Recovery
It is quite normal to have swelling after a tummy tuck. Gravity will tend to pull the swelling downward toward the incision as you are describing. You should check with your surgeon but typically patients will wear a compression garment to reduce the swelling. Numbness is also to be expected following this procedure. Some return of feeling will likely occur over a period of months to years but some amount of permanent numbness is not unusual.
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Swelling after Tummy tuck
Although uncommon, permanent numbness and tingling can occur after tummy tuck surgery, especially in the lower mid line area between the scar and belly button. In most cases there is some sensation present, just not the normal pre-surgical amount. Please speak with your plastic surgeon about your concerns.
Swelling after an abdominoplasty
6 weeks post op, some advices:
At this point (6 weeks post op) the swelling is normal.
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.
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Swelling after Abdominoplasty
You are still quite early in the recovery phase for your procedure. Swelling can take a few months to completely resolve after a tummy tuck. Similar can be said for post-operative numbness. If you find that you have a focal area of swelling that feels a little firm you may have a seroma (fluid collection). I would advise you to notify your operative surgeon or their staff for evaluation.
Best of luck!
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