Thermacare Heatwraps after Tummy Tuck

I Was Wondering if I Can Put Thermacare Heatwraps in my Tummy Muscle After Tummy Tuck?

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Heat wraps, cold or hot compresses following tummy tuck

Please exercise caution when using hot or cold compresses on the tummy tuck skin because it is normal to have diminished sensation in this area and it is very easy to sustain a thermal injury (burn). The area below your belly button has the least amount of sensation.

Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 82 reviews

Heat wraps after tummy tuck

I believe this to be quite risky. The skin is numb and therefore there is no warning of impending burns. I have had patients fall asleep with heating pads who develop burns leading to scars. Please avoid this treatment.

Timothy Fee, MD
Jacksonville Plastic Surgeon
4.3 out of 5 stars 56 reviews

Heatwrap is not a good idea

Given that you will be numb in that area, you can easily injure/burn yourself accidentally.  I do not recommend heat wraps or cold compresses after surgery.  Please talk to your plastic surgeon for his/her recommendations

C. Bob Basu, MD, FACS
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 211 reviews

No heat wraps after tummy tuck!!!

A patient will have numb skin in the lower abdomen after a TT and can burn themselves with heating devices so please don't!

Richard P. Rand, MD, FACS
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 67 reviews

No heat packs to the tummy please!

Heat packs, hot water bottles or electric blankets are a not a good idea because the tissues are already beat up and numb from the surgery, and you can damage the skin causing burns or worse.

Victor Au, MD (retired)
Chapel Hill Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

I don't recommend it for my patients

I don't recommend any type of heat packs or ice pack after a tummy tuck.  The skin is numb and I have seen patients get second degree burns as a result of a heating pad.

Steven Schuster, MD, FACS
Boca Raton Plastic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

Tummy tuck

Please be careful on placing any heat or cold on an abdomen following a tummy tuck.  There are areas which will have no sensation and you may get burns.

Shahin Javaheri, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

Thermacare Heatwraps after Tummy Tuck - NOT a Good Idea

Regarding : "Thermacare Heatwraps after Tummy Tuck
I Was Wondering if I Can Put Thermacare Heatwraps in my Tummy Muscle After Tummy Tuck

After Tummy Tuck surgery there will be large areas of the tummy skin with reduced sensation and numbness. It is a really bad idea to apply extreme cold or hot materials to such skin as you could injure yourself without really even feeling it.

I would strongly advise you not to take this risk early in the after Tummy Tuck healing phase and wait until your sensation normalizes.

Dr. Peter Aldea

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 109 reviews

Hot packs or Ice packs after a Tummy Tuck.

After a tummy tuck the skin located below the belly button is usually numb, making it difficult to protect the area from excess heat or cold. I would not recommend using heat or cold to the area as you could burn yourself without knowing it.

Joseph Mele, MD
Walnut Creek Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

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