Red spot above TT scar; very loose skin on spot. (photos)

Full TT in May 2016; this spot appeared today and it's red around it. It's between my scar and belly button (looks like I have two belly buttons). The skin on the scar is very loose and can be moved your finger. I'm afraid it's going to rip. What could this be??

Doctor Answers 4

TT complication

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I am sorry for your trouble. It is very strange to have any post-surgical issues 5 months after a TT. This area or redness could represent many things: stitch infection, fluid collection, infection in the skin, irritation from clothing or chemicals, etc. You should reach out to your PS and have it evaluated in person. If the redness continues to increase in size you should have it evaluated immediately. 

Red spot above incision

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Thanks for your inquiry and pictures.  You definitely have an inflammatory reaction at that spot.  Without examining you, it is hard to advise.  Possibilities include that this is related to your surgery like a stitch or abscess trying to come out--to things unrelated to surgery like a bite, burn, allergic reaction to garment, etc.  Please call your surgeon to be evaluated, good luck.  

Red spot above TT scar; very loose skin on spot?

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Thank you for sharing your question and photograph and I am sorry to hear of this recent issue.  After 5 months of recovery this is a bit worrisome for an underlying issue such as a stitch related infection, fluid collection, or other trauma.  I would see your surgeon for an in-person examination to determine the cause of this second belly button.  

Nelson Castillo, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy tuck

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It is unusual to develop an isolated issue such as this at this stage. You are best to see your PS and be examined. This is either due to trauma / inflammation / contact dermatitis from the skin or from something under the skin. You would need to check with your PS 1. regarding the stitches used, 2. whether there was any mesh used and 3. be examined so that your PS can check there is no seroma / swelling associated with this. 

Gary L. Ross, MBChB, FRCS
Manchester Plastic Surgeon
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