In The Months After Tummy Tuck Surgery
Remember, your body is getting accustomed to many changes. You underwent a lot of tissue removal. There was also the change of having your abdominal muscles tightened, if this was done. Your body is forming necessary scar tissue and is healing from the trauma of the abdominoplasty surgery. Abdominoplasty is not a walk in the park. Let your body heal, but know in advance what to expect after tummy tuck surgery. Even several months afterwards, you may feel soreness or an odd pain, and wonder if you have popped a suture or messed up something. Have patience. Your body is getting better every day and is healing after tummy tuck surgery.
The most common schedule for postoperative appointments with your surgeon is the initial postoperative appointments within the first 3 days, and then appointments at the 1-month, 2-month, 3-month, and 6-month mark. Some surgeons want to see you at 1 months, 4 months, and 6 months. Some suggest the 6-month or 1-year mark. And some never see you again after the first couple of appointments. Before your tummy tuck surgery, ask about postoperative check-ups and make sure you know in advance whether there are fees involved that are not part of your original fees to the surgeon. Some tummy tuck surgeons charge extra for postoperative visits and some do not.
For many patients, most of the numbness around the abdominoplasty incisions subsides within the first year. The scars are usually at their worst around 3 months after tummy tuck surgery. Tummy tuck scars will, in most cases, fade and flatten with time. Just know beforehand and accept it and you won't have any unpleasant surprises. You can find out more at tummy tuck scar treatments
There is the possibility that your scars may stretch due to poor skin elasticity, increased pressure on the incision line, or because sutures popped. You may also notice some asymmetry in your abdominoplasty scar and it may not go straight across or be even on both sides. Frequently, different areas of your scar will heal at different rates. Your skin and other tissue is not paper or fabric and will heal differently on either side.
If the asymmetry is pronounced, you can consider scar revision, or a redo. Sometimes, the incision from a tummy tuck may result in what are called "dog ears," which are triangular tags at the end. These can be removed in a later, minor, revision surgery.
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