Typically, What Body Part is the Most Painful After Tummy Tuck?

Is it along the bikini line or in the center where the muscles were tightened?

Doctor Answers 5

The most painful part of the tummy tuck

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In many instances, patients report the most painful part of the tummy tuck to be the muscle repair; spasms of the muscle can also periodically cause pain. The use of muscle relaxants and a pain pump delivering anesthetic in the muscle sheath have greatly reduced this pain. The second most sensitive area tends to be the liposuctioned lower back, hips and flanks. Although not exquisitely painful, it can be sore and achy for up to 3 months.

Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Pain after a tummy tuck

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The area that usually bothers patients the most after surgery is the tightening of the abdominal musculature in the midline.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Pain after a tummy tuck

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Tummy tucks are a very popular and effective technique to contour the abdomen. Patients undergoing this procedure should understand that there is a significant healing process. Some of our patients describe the area of most discomfort where the muscles were tightened. However other patients state that the abdominal incision has more discomfort until the abdominal tissue has listened and they could stand upright. Regardless, our patients receive two separate compression garments to help manage the swelling and provide support to minimize the discomfort. Our patients are able to control the pain with Tylenol and a pain control pill like Darvocet or Vicodin.

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The pain tends to be in the middle...

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 There is some incisional pain which is along your bikini line but most of the pain is up and down along the midline where the muscles are tightened back together.

Robert Frank, MD
Munster Plastic Surgeon
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Pain after Tummy Tuck is in the muscle

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The pain from a tummy tuck is in the tightening of the muscle. This can be relieved with pain meds or a muscle relaxant. Especially early on after surgery, I have had a great deal of success using Valium. Call your doctor to see if they feel the same. Good Luck!

Robert M. Freund, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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