I'm 2 Weeks Post Tummy Tuck and Itching Like Crazy Under the Velcro Binder Anybody Recomend Anything?

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Itching Under Binder?

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Thanks for your question.  Some itching is expected with wound healing.  If you are itching because the binder is uncomfortable, put on a form fitting, spandex like shirt with the binder above the shirt.

Best Wishes!

Pablo Prichard, MD

Phoenix Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 42 reviews

Itching under abdominal binder

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Thanks for your question. You may be itching because of either sweating and heat, or being sensitive to the fabric. First try washing the binder in a hypoallergenic detergent, like Seventh Generation. You can also try wearing a cotton undershirt beneath the binder. Good luck.

Itching under Binder after Tummy Tuck

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    A soft cotton T-shirt is recommended to be placed between your skin and the binder to minimize this.  If the itching is related to the incision, this may be related to an allergic reaction and the plastic surgeon should be consulted.

Itching Like Crazy Under the Velcro Binder

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First, try a cotton t-shirt under the binder, to get the binder material away from the skin. 

If that fails, ask your surgeon for a recommendation for an alternative binder (Spanx usually work well), or to  abandon the binder completely. 

Thanks for your question, best wishes.

Jourdan Gottlieb, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon

Itching under Binder

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The answer is simple.  Try another binder.  There are several companies that make these binders. Many can be purchased at department stores.  Also, I agree with the post below regarding wearing a cotton T-shirt.

Robert E. Zaworski, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 61 reviews

I'm 2 weeks post-tummy tuck and itching like crazy under the velcro binder. Anybody recommend anything?

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Hello! Thank you for your question!. The tummy tuck procedure is an excellent method for contouring of your abdomen, often removing the excess skin as well as tightening the abdominal wall. After nearly all surgical procedures, a potential space is created from where the surgical procedure/dissection was performed. This is especially true for the tummy tuck, in where the abdominal flap is raised off of the abdominal wall and then redraped atop the area to contour the abdomen. The procedure alone promotes swelling and inflammation, which typically lasts for 6-12 weeks. This may even last longer if liposuction has been performed in addition. During this time, a few things may be done to allow adherence of the abdominal skin/soft tissue to readhere to the abdominal wall and close that space. Many surgeons use drains to evacuate the expected serous fluid from building up. Stagnant fluid as such may be a nidus for infection as well as does not allow the tissue to adhere back to its normal anatomic position. Drains usually are removed once output is <30cc/day - usually removed within 3-4 weeks on average, sometimes longer. When this occurs, a seroma may develop - which may require aspiration or surgical evacuation to rid this in order to optimize your result.

This is not an uncommon reason for persistent swelling and/or bulging in a certain area of your belly. Of course, thwarting the development of a pseudobursa, or seroma capsule, is always best, to provide the best result as well as avoid any future procedures for this. This may be a troubling consequence and often compromises your overall result. Thus avoiding this complication, in whatever manner, is the objective. "Drainless" tummy tucks are becoming more popular - basically, the overlying tissue is physically sutured to the abdominal wall to close the potential space. In addition, most surgeons typically restrict vigorous activity/strenuous exercise as well as lifting restrictions of usually <20#, especially the core, for 6-8 weeks to allow healing to continue. Most also often recommend an abdominal compression-type binder or garment, which will serve to provide compression as well as assist to decrease swelling and eliminate the dead-space of the area for at least 6 weeks as well. After the initial binder, many patients like the Spanx garments.  For you itching, I would recommend a soft cloth or dressings between your skin and the binder, or switching to the above compression garment.  Most patients are able to return to most activities within a couple of weeks, provided they adhere to the restrictions.

Overall, this is a procedure with a high satisfaction rate. Discuss the procedure and postoperative instructions/restrictions with your surgeon, as these will vary among surgeons. Hope that this helps! Best wishes!

Lewis Albert Andres, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

Binder itching after a tummy tuck - wear a cotton shirt under the binder

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Luckily, this is a simple fix for a common problem  - just put on a cotton t-shirt after you shower and before putting the binder on.

Itching under Binder

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Possible solutions:

1) Change the brand of the binder and look for different fabric

2) Agree with Cotton T- Shirt

3) After shower, massage your skin with 100% pure avocado oil or 

    pure almond oil.  Wait few minutes , put on a cotton t-shirt before the binder.

Hope it will make you  feel better ....  

Ricardo Vega, MD
Mexico Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 48 reviews

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