Am I doing something wrong? Incisions of tummy tuck have opened? Will this heal normal? (Photo)
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Incisions of tummy tuck have opened?
I'm sorry to hear about the complication you have experienced; Although understandably distressing to patients, these types of wounds tend to heal over the course of several weeks. Sometimes, as you know, the area may look worse before it looks better. Most often, even larger open wounds have healed by the time a patient reached the two months post op mark.
These wounds go on to heal through a process of contraction where the tissues heal from the sides towards the center of the wound; occasionally, removal of unhealthy tissue (debridement) and/or removal of exposed sutures, may expedite the healing process.
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). Sometimes, for larger wounds, the use of a " vacuum assisted device" (VAC) may be very helpful.
Also important to concentrate on a healthy diet, including good protein source.
Opening in wound?
Close follow up with you board certified plastic surgeon is advised.
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Every surgeon has different strategies for wound healing. What you are doing now is fine, and as long as you stay in touch with your surgeon and avoid infection this will heal without additional surgery.
Scar revision may or may not not even be needed, but if it is, I'd wait at least 6 months to even consider it. The more your tissues soften, the better your final result will be.
Will this heal normally
Wound breakdown at suprapubic midline region following Tummy Tuck
Wound healing after tummy tuck
All the best,
Your surgeon should be your best source of wound care advice. Usually wounds heal better when they are moist, so I would disagree with letting the area dry out.
Expect 6-12 weeks before this is closed, and then you should allow 6-12 months for the scar to mature before contemplating secondary surgery for the scar.
All the best.
Am I doing something wrong? Incisions of tummy tuck have opened? Will this heal normal?
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