Recovery After Dog Ear Removal?

Tummy tuck was done 7 months ago and been happy with it. Doctor recommended dog ear removal after 6 months post tummy tuck which I had yesterday plus liposuction and it looks like he moved the scar line lower so he moved the skin down. When I read on the dog ear recovery, I thought it would be an easier recovery but with the lipo and scar line moved down...when will I start feeling normal?

Doctor Answers 8

The liposuction is likely the bigger recovery component


Thank you for the question.  A dog ear revision is simply an excision of the excess skin without undermining (dissecting) the tissue.  Since your scar was lowered I suspect you had some undermining of the tissue which is of course more in depth than a dog ear excision.  Liposuction also can involve a large surface area if a sizeable amount of liposuction is performed.  The combination of the two procedures can almost be like a revision tummy tuck.  I suspect that you will feel better in 1-2 weeks and perhaps 3-4 weeks to be able to stop wearing the abdominal binder.

All the best,

Dr Remus Repta

Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 166 reviews

Recovery following revisional surgery.

Thanks for your question.  Although your surgery was not as involved as the original surgery, it's still surgery.  It will take a few weeks for you to have most of the pain abate.  It will take 3-6 weeks before you should resume full activity (depending on how much was done).  Hope this helps.

Shaun Parson, MD
Phoenix Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 46 reviews

Recovery from liposuction and dog ear excisions

should be relatively straightforward and uncomplicated.  It is hoped you are well healed by now and if not, in communication with your surgeon.   I hope you are enjoying your new contours!

Curtis Wong, MD
Redding Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

Lipo recovery typically more difficult than revision.

The vast majority of patients who undergo dog ear correction don’t have significant pain. They seem to do well following this procedure and resume most of their normal activities within days. Unfortunately, the recovery from liposuction is more difficult and is often associated with pain.
In your case, I suspect that most of your issues are related to your liposuction and not your dog ear revision. Most liposuction patients are able to resume normal activities within a week. This doesn’t mean that they won’t have pain or discomfort. This is common following liposuction and is usually easily controlled with pain medications.
Under these circumstances, it’s important to discuss your concerns with your plastic surgeon.Your surgeon should be able to provide you with information to make this a more comfortable experience.

Richard J. Bruneteau, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 194 reviews

Recovery After Dog Ear Removal?

It sounds like you had a minor procedure and should expect a rapid recovery. I can't tell if you were asleep for the surgery or not, so it may have been more extensive than I thought.   A call to your surgeon who best knows what was done will get you your best response. 

Thanks and best wishes. 

Jourdan Gottlieb, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 45 reviews

Tummy Tuck: correction of dog ears and healing

#TummyTuckRevision surgery
Revision surgery is unusual but may be desired for several reasons. Most revisions should be done after 9-12 months. One cause for revision surgery are “dog ears” at the ends of the incisions. These are small folds of excess skin that do not flatten over time. They can be excised, suctioned or both.

Excess fat or loose skin may require liposuction and skin excision to obtain the best result.

Healing is likely from liposuction and some excision work
Plan on 6 weeks and feeling normal by 3 months

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 110 reviews

Revision of a tummy tuck in Los Angeles

Most dog-ear excisions take a short time to recover.  Some residual swelling may last several weeks, but that should quickly subside. Raffy Karamanoukian, Los Angeles

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 94 reviews

Recovery after Revisionary Tummy Tuck Surgery?

Generally speaking, revisionary tummy tuck surgery involves less discomfort and “recovery time” compared to the initial tummy tuck operation. This is especially true if no abdominal wall muscle work is necessary during the revisionary  tummy tuck operation. Commonly performed revisionary steps may include scar revision, lowering of the abdominal wall scar, excision of “dog ears” and additional liposuction surgery…

 Of course, your plastic surgeon will be your best resource when it comes to more precise information and/or reassurance.

 Best wishes; hopefully you will be very pleased with the outcome of the procedure performed.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 1,499 reviews

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