Belly button bleeding and very red after tummy tuck on 6/30. (photo)

I had a tummy tuck on 6/30 and my belly button still drains a lot and bleeds every time I Change my gauze. I am cleaning it with soap and water then drying it well before I replace the gauze. Is this normal? If so how long does it take to heal on average?

Doctor Answers 3

Tummy Tuck/Abdominoplasty/Liposuction/Vaser High Definition Procedures/Tummy Tuck Revision

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I appreciate your question. Since there has been a change in your post op course, please contact your surgeon so he/she can examine you and recommend the most appropriate treatment plan at this time. The best way to assess and give true advice would be an in-person exam. Please see a board-certified plastic surgeon that specializes in aesthetic and restorative plastic surgery. Best of luck! Dr. Schwartz Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Director-Beverly Hills Breast and Body Institute #RealSelf100Surgeon #RealSelfCORESurgeon

Healing after tummy tuck

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Thank you for your question and photo. It appears that your belly button is healing quite slowly and that some of the skin may not have survived. At 6 weeks after surgery there should not be any drainage or bleeding. Without a physical exam, it is impossible to tell you exactly what is going on. Be sure to have this evaluated by your surgeon or seek a second opinion by a board certified plastic surgeon in your area to evaluate it and see if they have any further recommendations. Best of luck, Dr. Kludt

Nathan Kludt, MD
Stockton Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy tuck - bleeding and drainage around belly button all the time

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Thank you for asking about your tummy tuck.
  • You are now almost six weeks after surgery -
  • You should not still have drainage and bleeding around your belly button.
  • Your own surgeon should examine you to see what is going on and to correct it.
Always see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. Best wishes  - Elizabeth Morgan MD PHD FACS

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