I had my stomach and flanks done. Am I healing appropriately? (Photo)
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Swelling Lasts Several Months
Thank you for including the series of photos with your question. First of all, having fluid drained daily for 5 weeks is unusual. As others have said, that is most likely the reason for your delayed recovery. The swelling you're seeing more than 2 months after the procedure is probably concealing the final results. Swelling can last several months, so there's no reason to be concerned yet, but if it does persist beyond the 2-month mark, it may be time to get in touch with your plastic surgeon. Good luck!
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It is not typical to develop fluid builds up that needs to be drained but it can happen. If there's no more fluid to be drained and you're doing fine.
Based on your pictures my guess is you have muscle separation from previous pregnancies and carry excessive amounts of intra-abdominal fat.
If this is true then your results May not improve much with time.
Patients with muscle separation from previous pregnancies need an abdominoplasty to have a flat abdomen.
People with excessive amounts of intra-abdominal fat need to lose weight.
Mats Hagstrom M.D.
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- Your seroma (fluid collection) has delayed your healing -
- It will also make things feel harder now.
- Yes, your stomach will go down a lot - but it will take time.
- Your surgeon has taken good care of you - now that the seroma is gone, your body will do the rest but it may take another 6 months to finish the process.
Best wishes - Elizabeth Morgan MD PHD FACS