1 Week Post-op Mini Tummy Tuck. Firm, Hard Feeling in Stomach - Normal?

I am a week post op from a mini tummy tuck where my plastic surgeon tightened my lower abs and did lipo of my public area. My incision runs from hip to hip. I was laying on my back and putting lotion on my stomach and I noticed that my lower stomach and ab area felt very firm. Is that normal following this procedure?

Doctor Answers 11

Expected firm and feeling of stomach after a mini-tummy tuck

At just one week after a mini-tummy tuck that hard feeling is exactly what you would expect to feel. Between tightening the muscles and skin in conjunction with some swelling, the lower abdominal area will likely feel 'like a rock' and unnnatural. This is normal and the tissues will soften up again at about 4 to 6 weeks after surgery.

Indianapolis Plastic Surgeon
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Firmness after surgery

Firmness in common after surgery, especially just a week after. It’s caused by swelling and will subside gradually. Make sure to wear your compression garment as advised and avoid rigorous physical activity for a few weeks.

Leila Kasrai, MD, FRCSC
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Mini Tummy Tuck

Firmness after a mini TT is normal and should go away in 4-6 weeks.  Use your compression garment, and avoid too much activity, and just walk every hour or two.

Vivek Bansal, MD
Danville Plastic Surgeon
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Mini tuck and Firmness?

Thank you for your question.

Unfortunately,  it is not possible to give you good advice without direct examination.


Generally, it is quite normal to have swelling/firmness up to 6 months post op Tummy Tuck Surgery.. sometimes even up to one year (especially after exercising).   I would recommend that you keep in close follow up with your surgeon and follow his/her instructions.

I hope this helps.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Firmness after a mini tummy tuck

A mini tummy tuck is a safe and effective procedure that can create a more contoured abdomen, a tight waist and a beautiful figure.

We tell patients that will undergo this procedure of the recovery process that they should expect. Patients should anticipate firmness, swelling, edema, bruising, and discomfort for a period of several weeks to several months after this surgery. If you have a firm area in your abdominal wall after the surgery, this may or may not be par for the course. Your best bet is to let your plastic surgeon know if your concerns so that they may evaluate you. Firmness in the abdomen may very often be normal but your plastic surgeon will surely want to confirm that this is not a collection of fluid or another medical matter that needs to be treated expeditiously.

Pat Pazmino, MD, FACS
Miami Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 92 reviews

Firm feeling in belly after mini tummy tuck

It is very common to feel quite firm for at least 6 weeks following any abdominoplasty or tummy tuck.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 79 reviews

Post mini-tummy tuck

It is very common for the abdomen to feel firm over the treated area after a mini-tummy tuck. It should get better over a few months time.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Firmness after mini-tummy tuck

You can expect to have swelling and firmness after a mini-tummy tuck. This is your body's natural healing process and will gradually resolve. If the fullness is increasing in size, there is increased pain and bruising, your doctor needs to be contacted. 

Frank Agullo, MD
El Paso Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 136 reviews

Early wounds are firm

We do expect some swelling and firmness, but if there is increasing swelling, redness, pain, fever, or pus drainage then you need to seek immediate medical attention.

Victor Au, MD (retired)
Chapel Hill Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

Swelling is normal after surgery

It is very normal to have swelling, tenderness, and some firmness after surgery. This should gradually decrease in the weeks after surgery. If you have increasing pain or tenderness, or new areas of swelling or bruising, there may be something else going on and you should bring it up with your surgeon.

Lawrence Iteld, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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