4 Wks PO... Am I Getting a Dog Ear on my Right Side? (photo)

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Small Dog Ear On Right Side After Tummy Tuck/Mommy Makeover Can Be Revised 4-6 Months

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There is a small dog ear on the right side but massage will definitely help. If it is there at 4-6 months a simple revision can be done under local anesthesia.

4 Wks PO... Am I Getting a Dog Ear on my Right Side?

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With very careful planning and execution, “dog ear" occurrence can be minimized. Occasionally (despite best efforts), after tummy tuck surgery surgery, patients will have excess skin or adipose tissue at the very end of their incision lines. These may be referred to as “dog ears”. "Dog ears"  refer to a bunching up of tissue at the end of a incision line/scar. Generally they occur  because a surgeon,  in his/her attempt to keep the scar as short as possible,  has a discrepancy between the lengths  of the upper and lower tummy tuck incision lines. They can be avoided by extending the incisions and removing additional skin and subcutaneous tissue. Most patients will much prefer a longer incision line than  the bunching up of tissue and contour elevation, which is visible and palpable with and without clothing.  Often, excision of the dog ear, if it's still a concern roughly one year postoperatively can be corrected easily under local anesthesia. The procedure is relatively minor, and associate with minimal discomfort/recovery time.  Best wishes. 

4 weeks postop, possible dogear

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At 4 weeks, it is still very early.   I would continue with some form of compression at this point.   If due to swelling, the dogear should disappear over the next few months.    If not, then you can discuss the possibility of a revision procedure if you and your surgeon see necessary.

I wish you a safe and healthy recovery. 

Paul S. Gill, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Dogears after mommy makeover will require surgical correction.

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The picture provided doesn't adequately provide enough information to decide whether there is a true dog ear or not. A dog ear is a surplus of skin that creates a prominence at the edge of an incision. Contour irregularities due to swelling will go away. Contour irregularities do skin excess will require a small surgical correction.

Early to tell

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It is very early in your recovery period to be able to make any judgment about any possible dog ears. At least 6 to 12 weeks before things start to shape up.


Good luck


Fullness After Tummy Tuck

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The fullness on the right may be due to swelling or excess fat.  I would wait approximately 3-6 months before re-evaluating. If stil present, it can be easily addressed in the office.  Alll the best.

4 Weeks after Mommy Makeover and Concerns of Dog Ear

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     4 weeks out from a mommy makeover, you appear to have a very nice symmetric result.  Thank your plastic surgeon.  Focus less on the fullness on your right side.  Give yourself at least 6 months before deciding if there is a dog ear.  One thing to keep in mind is that the incision must stop at some point, and, on some people with circumferential laxity, there will always be some laxity behind the incision.  Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

4 Wks PO... Am I Getting a Dog Ear on my Right Side?

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Very hard to be sure in the posted photo the dog ear laterally or slight overhang. Allow more healing time like 4 months than determine if you have one. 

Possible dog ear deformity following an abdominoplasty

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You are still early after your surgery and any changes that you see now are likely to improve over the next 2 months.  Continue to follow the post operative advice of your plastic surgeon.  

Jeffrey Zwiren, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 20 reviews

Tummy tuck recovery

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It doesn't look like a dogear there.  You do have excess above the incision compared to below - but only 4 weeks out, it could be swelling still.  There is a little bit of swelling for about 3 months.  If it is still "puffy" there at that point, a small revision can be done in the office with very little recovery.  Good luck!  K. Roxanne Grawe, MD Columbus Plastic Surgeon

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