I Had a Tummy Tuck W/o Lipo (I Have Leyden Factor V) in August 2010

and wore regular girdle-typebinders until December. I've had swelling and hardness in my abdomen since the surgery. To date, I feel my waist and abdomen are almost as large now (by measuring tape) as they were before my surgery, maybe even larger than the first few days after the surgery. I'm not now, nor have I ever been a large eater but could it be fat I'm accumulating? The pics are before surgery, shortly after, and the present. My surgeon says I need to exercise more, I feel it's swelling.

Doctor Answers 5

Rrecurrent stomach bulge after tummy tuck

It is my opinion that you muscle laxity or tone has produced a recurrence of the appearance prior to surgery. My question, which I cannot determine by the picture but could determine after an examination, is: "Do you have a rectus diastasis.?"

Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy tuck

Judging by the photo, it appears probably be a seroma (very round), and the redness below the scar.  An ultrasound will determine the presence of a seroma and the treatment, if a seroma, would be placement of a drain for a prolonged period of time.

Shahin Javaheri, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
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Abdominal fullness 4 months after abdominoplasty

At this point, swelling is not likely to be the problem. It could be that your abdominal muscle tightening has come undone or that your muscles are just very loose. The other likely cause is a seroma (fluid collection). Ask your doctor to order an ultrasound of your abdomen if these possibilities cannot be diagnosed by a physical exam.

Karol A. Gutowski, MD, FACS
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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I think swelling is probably very low on the list.

There are several things that this could be due to. It's difficult for me to know what the reason is without examining you. If you have gained weight this could be fat, but I think this is unlikely from the appearance. You could have a seroma (collection of fluid) or if your surgeon repaired your muscles, it's possible that they separated again. Many of these possibilities could be eliminated by examination.

Daniel P. Markmann, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy tuck

It is hard to say without an exam. If you do not have a seroma then it may be laxity or it may be the natural curve of your abdomen.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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