I had a full tummy tuck on May 4th.I am a small person to begin with, 106lbs, 5'4", but had 2 kids that left stretch marks, bb mishappen and wrinkled skin.I am now 9 weeks PO and my upper abs have me concerned.As you can see by the photos, the area really sticks out, has a ridge, and the skin is odd looking.The area is squishy, but sore when I push on it.Unfortunately, I have since moved to Saudi Arabia and do not live in Florida where I had the surgery.Is this normal?Will the skin improve?
Seroma After Full Tummy Tuck: Upper Abs Have Ridge and Odd Looking Skin
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Tummy Tuck Surgery
Without an examination, I agree with the rest of the doctors that it is probably a seroma (although a physical examination should let you know for sure what is going on). See if you can get some recommendations for a good doctor in that area to take care of you.
Seroma after tummy tuck
Seromas are complications of tummy tuck and result from fluid collecting under the skin. Very small ones may resolve but larger ones may require aspiration for removal of the fluid. Since you are also having pain in the area you should consult a plastic surgeon near your home for evaluation. Sonograms may help in diagnosing the problem.
Possible seroma after a tummy tuck
This sounds like it could be a collection of fluid under the skin (seroma) which may need to be drained. I would consult with a board certified plastic surgeon for a thorough evaluation. Your still in the early recovery period so there is some swelling expected but if there's a seroma there, it needs to be addressed now.
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You will need aspiration of the seroma
I would recommend that you see a local plastic surgeon for the seroma aspiration. You may need to have more than one aspiration and also would recommend to wear girdle for external compression.
It sounds as though you have a seroma. You need to see an MD there for an ultrasouns and or aspiration.
Seroma after tummy tuck
This does appear to be a seroma (particularly if it feels like a "waterbed" or fluid-filled bag), which is a collection of fluid beneath your abdominal flap. It should be drained so that it does not leave a chronically thickened scar tissue lined cavity that will cause fullness in that area. If this scar tissue fullness forms, it may require surgical removal to restore a flat contour. The first approach at this point should be attempts to aspirate the fluid, which may require several needle aspirations, either directly or under ultrasound guidance should the fluid be difficult to aspirate. If the fluid continues to re-collect, placement of a small drain may be required.