I am on my 7th day post op recovery. Is this normal to have my skin all wrinkled up? (Photo)

I had a full tummy tuck with liposuction as well. I had my surgery done on Friday June 24,2016. I can stand up a little bit straighter then a few days. I feel that the way my skin is now does not allow me to stand up straight enough. My surgeon said that eventually these wrinkles will straighten out but I'm scared it wont. I had a drainless tummy procedure . I'm happy with the results just worried that my skin will stay like this. Just need to know if this is normal or its not. Please help!

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I am on my 7th day post op recovery. Is this normal to have my skin all wrinkled up?

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Thank you for sharing your question and photograph and I am sorry that your current results have caused you concern. It is common to still have difficulties in standing completely upright after a tummy tuck at only 7 days and is largely due to the muscle repair portion of the procedure. As you mentioned, each day should bring steady improvement in being able to stand upright.  The dents that I see your photograph look to be the result of your remaining stretch marks and some pleating from the stitching performed.  This will improve with time as your skin regains its normal elasticity and the tension placed along the stretch marks lessens.  Hang in there!

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Abdominal wrinkles after tummy tuck

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Since you only posted a very limited view of your abdomen, it's hard to answer your questions.  However, I will say that drainless (or Hollywood) tummy tucks typically have multiple "dents" in the initial post-op period due to the internal stitches that are holding the skin down to the muscle.  When the stitches dissolve, all the dents resolve (usually within 3 months).  

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