Does this type of incision look normal at all? (photos)
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Scar placement for tummy tuck
While it is impossible to be definitive without seeing your pre-operative photos, I can say that your scar placement is highly unusual. I would imagine that during your preop consults, your surgeon showed you his usual scar sites and also whether you had some unusual problem requiring some deviation. I would think it appropriate to discuss this with your surgeon. If the physician says he always does it this way, you made that hopefully informed choice. If not, get a second hands on opinion.
Incision is 'normal'
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Concern about appearance of incision at almost one month after surgery
It is very common for patients to be concerned about the appearance of surgery even very early after surgery. After you have gone through all of the inconvenience and expense of a major procedure, it is natural that you would want to see the final result quickly. The "emotional roller-coaster" is often particularly severe at the three to four week time frame. At that point, you have been dealing with the surgery for a while, and it seems that everything should be healed by now.
Unfortunately, the body heals on its own schedule, and it is normal for many months to be required before you see your final result. In the meantime, it can be frustrating.
While it is hard to know without seeing you, I don't see anything on the photographs suggesting that you are having any significant complication. As far as evaluating your result, I really won't be able to help you without seeing your other photographs, and especially the photographs from before surgery.
My best advice would be for you to go back to see your surgeon again and explain your specific concerns, and specifically ask about any areas that bother you and whether those areas are likely to change. Ask to see your pre-operative photographs for comparison. Also, ask if there is anything you can do to hasten the healing process.
However, you should know that there is no way to make the body heal faster than it wants to, and it will likely be a while before you see your final result.
These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.