Weird looking incision - 5 Week post op Tummy Tuck and Breast Augmentation. (photo)
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Concerned about Incision 5 Weeks Post Op
Healing after a #tummytuck will require time. Some patients are out of bed and walking the night of surgery and every hour while awake. I allow my patients to return to work at one to two weeks with 14 days preferred. However, no lifting or straining. At three weeks, increased level of activity and full with no restrictions, at 6 weeks. The #healing process make take at least 3-4 months until you see your final results. I suggest you contact your surgeon or their medical staff and further inquire. At any time, you have any concerns about your healing or recovery, it's best to contact your plastic surgeon sooner than later, to prevent any possible infections or #healing complications.
Dog ear after tummy tuck
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Dog Ear Formation Following Surgery
The irregularity you see at the end of your tummy tuck incision is a common problem, we in the business call it a “dog ear”. These are created as we taper to the end of an incision and are caused by the tissue folding a little on itself, creating an unwanted fullness. Sometimes these are artificially created from purse-stringing or tightness of the stitches under the surface at the ends and can improve as the stitches dissolve and the tissue relaxes. That’s what we hope is going on!
The other cause is a true redundancy of fat and skin at the end of the incision, and this will persist over time and need to be revised. Fortunately, it is a simple little procedure to go back and thin away any excess skin and fat. Usually that can be done under local anesthetic in the office. At this point, it is too early to tell or to do anything about it. For now I would recommend firm massage of the area, continued compression, and make sure to point this out and discuss this with your plastic surgeon at your next visit.
Weird looking incision - 5 Week post op Tummy Tuck and Breast Augmentation.
Occasionally, after tummy tuck surgery surgery, patients will have excess skin or adipose tissue at the very end of their incision lines. These may be referred to as “dog ears”. "Dog ears" refer to a bunching up of tissue at the end of a incision line/scar. Generally they occur because a surgeon, in his/her attempt to keep the scar as short as possible, has a discrepancy between the lengths of the upper and lower tummy tuck incision lines. They can be avoided by extending the incisions and removing additional skin and subcutaneous tissue. Most patients will much prefer a longer incision line than the bunching up of tissue and contour elevation, which is visible and palpable with and without clothing. Often, excision of the dog ear, if it's still a concern roughly one year postoperatively can be corrected easily under local anesthesia. I hope this helps.
Extra Skin at End of Incision after Tummy Tuck
- From the photo you have shared, it appears that you have some extra skin at the end of your tummy tuck incision. We refer to this as a "dog ear" or standing cone deformity.
- It may improve some over time, but not entirely.
- The good news is that your plastic surgeon should be able to remove this in the office using a local anesthetic.
- Definitely discuss your concerns with your plastic surgeon.
- Thanks for sharing!
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