I am 4 wks post tummy tuck. My pubic mound is swollen. Will icing it help?
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4 Weeks Post Tummy Tuck, Mons Pubis Swollen - What Can I Do?
I'm not a big fan of binders. They tend to ride up, tend to have uneven pressures, and from your comments, it appears that your binder edge is digging into your mons pubis causing a decrease in blood flow to the mons, especially when you sit. This mechanical interruption of blood supply leads to inflammation, and then excessive swelling.
If you were my patient, I would tell you to lose the binder. At four weeks, it has been my experience that pressure garments of any kind are more of a humbug than they are worth.
Normal post tummy tuck swelling occurs above the suture line and not below it, therefore there is probably some mechanical problem causing your mons pubis swelling. In my practice, we use DMSO post operative to decrease swelling and bruising. DMSO is the best anti inflammatory agent ever. Ultrasound (the kind physical therapists use for sore muscles) will also decrease swelling by bringing blood supply to the area which then allows the white blood cells to carry away dead and/or injured tissue and dead fat cells which are causing the inflammation.
Obviously, since you are not my patient, it would be appropriate to call your personal plastic surgeon and ask his or her advice.
Tummy tuck and swelling of the mons
Best of luck,
Dr. Hisham Seify
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1 month post op, some advices:
At this point (1 month post-po) the swelling is normal.
To reduce it, I recommend you perform daily lymphatic drainage massage therapy over the abdomen and wear a postoperative girdle from thigh to the breasts.
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I am 4 wks post tummy tuck. My pubic mound is swollen. Will icing it help
4 weeks post TT and pubic swelling
You are only 4 weeks postop, so you are going to swell from day to day for awhile. If the binder isn't compressing the pubic area (I'm sure it isn't), you may benefit from a compression girdle. Discuss this with your surgeon. But the intermittent swelling will get better with time. Ice won't help at this late date; it's good for the first 24 hours to minimize swelling. Best of luck.
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