Why is my tummy tuck wound so big? Does it look like it will heal well? (Photo)
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Why is my tummy tuck wound so big?
The wound healing issue you are having can definitely happen as a result of a tummy tuck. While it is not common, the elevation and advancement of abdominal skin can cause some wound healing issues when there is not enough blood flow to an area. This can cause the tissue to struggle as it tries to heal. Bacteria love an oxygen poor environment so having some local infection usually accompanies this. The nice thing is with antibiotic treatment and wound debridement the wound will contract down as it heals. After several months you can then go back and do a scar revision if needed. The important thing is to stay in close communication with your surgeon in case anything changes. Best of luck.
Why is my tummy tuck wound so big? Does it look like it will heal well?
Wound care regimens will differ from one plastic surgeon to another. Generally, this will involve application of some type of sterile dressing ( in my practice I use a non-stick dressing covered by a sterile dressing). You should have peace of mind that these types of wound healing problems generally go on to heal over the course of the next several weeks, often without long-term sequelae. Very important will be close follow-up with your plastic surgeon. Also important to concentrate on a healthy diet, including good protein source. Best wishes.
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