What is this lump and will it ruin my results? (photos)

I have this hard long lump under my incision since the beginning of my tummy tuck. My ps said it will soften up over time but at 7wpo it has not. What is it and will it ever flatten out? Will i need a revision?

Doctor Answers 3

Lump after Tummy Tuck?

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Most likely this represents something called fat necrosis. 7 weeks post-op is still quite early and often something like this will resolve itself over time, but that may be up to 6 months or longer. If it persists then revision may be indicated.

Concerns regarding your results

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are certainly understandable when everyone desires perfection... but if your firmness is at your scar, you can assume its scar or fat necrosis and this should slowly get smaller as you continue ti heal.  It may not go away completely and if you have residual bumps and contour irregularities, you should ask your surgeon about what could be done about.  You should find out what the revision policy is as well as you may need it.

Curtis Wong, MD
Redding Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

What is this lump and will it ruin my results?

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At 7 weeks after surgery, the lump, if quite hard, is usually caused by fat necrosis, death of the fat along the incision. It often softens over 8-12 months, but if not and if painful it will need to be revised. 

Ronald V. DeMars, MD
Portland Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

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