What is this at the end of my tummy tuck scar? Do I have swelling or seroma on my right side and above my belly button? (Photos)
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Dog ears form at the ends of incisions
What is this at the end of my tummy tuck scar? Do I have swelling or seroma on my right side and above my belly button?
A collection of fluid under the skin can occur, but can typically be felt under the skin by your surgeon if it is present.
The fullness at the end of your scar appears to be some gathering of the skin from the underlying sutures. This typically also gets better with time.
Anytime you have a real concern, it's always a a good idea to touch base with your surgeon. You seem to be doing well.
7 Weeks Post TT - Do I Have A Seroma & What Is This At The End Of My Abdominoplasty Scar?
Thank you for your excellent pictures. Obviously, an in person exam would allow your RealSelf team of plastic surgery experts to give you the most definitive answers to your questions.
That being said, your pictures plus the history of swelling after working out indicate to me that your swelling is just swelling and should decrease in both volume and intensity over the next 6 months.
As far as the small out-pouching at the end of your abdominoplasty incision, this is a trick some plastic surgeons use to end a lengthy incision, especially when the incision goes around a curve. Given time, these tiny bumps tend to shrink up and then usually vanish.
Finally, if you have questions about your plastic surgery procedure, it's always appropriate to communicate with your personal plastic surgeon. I am sure he or she will be happy to set your mind at ease.
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The bump at the end of your scar looks like skin redundancy. Sometimes called a "dog ear", it is caused by making the scar little too short. Often, small "dog ears" will resolve in a few months. If it persists, a short office procedure can provide a flatter, though slightly longer scar. If it turns red, becomes painful or otherwise starts giving you trouble, then it is something else and you should see your plastic surgeon sooner.