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Is It Normal To Have A Lot Of Gas After A Tummy Tuck
How long should I wait to have a tummy tuck afterc section and what do u tjthink about tummy tucks (witch hazel)?
I perform a significant number of tummy tucks (witch hazel) each year for my young mothers and feel that this is a great procedure when done by a qualified plastic surgeon with experience in this area.
I generally recommend waiting a few months following a c-section so that soft tissue swelling has gone done and your hormones have returned to a more natural state. ...Read more
Can a tummy tuck help a post-pregnancy belly? I recently gave birth to twin girls. Right now, I am five months postpartum, but none of the exercises that I am doing are helping get rid of my saggy belly skin. Can tummy tucks actually get rid of all this e
Yes: Tummy tucks (witch hazel) or adominoplasty is great at rejuvenating the post oartum abdomen. This procedure will realign your rectis muscles in the midline limiting the diastasis typically created by your pregnancy as well as remove excess skin laxity and unsitely stretch marks. Remember, however, if you plan to having more children this will typically recur. ...Read more
The boated feeling following a tummy is usually the result of several things:
1. Tightening of the abdominal wall (which then makes any bloating more noticeable)
2. Side effects of medications given around the time of surgery
3. Hormonal changes associated with the trauma of the surgery itself.
The good news is that most bloating resolves quickly and has no untoward effects on your result. ...Read more
Variable: It may take up to a year or more for the feeling to return after a tummy tuck. ...Read more
I had a tummy tuck 5 yrs ago. They put my belly button back. Is it normal for my belly button to keep getting infected?
Cyst or suture: Although delayed healing of the umbilicus is very common, once healed it will usually stay closed. Prolonged wound drainage may be an indication of a cyst or suture abscess for infection of permanent sutures used to repair the diastasis. If this does not respond to a course of antibiotics, removal of the suture could be a simple solution to your problem. ...Read more
I had a tummy tuck about two years ago, is it normal for my abdomen to feel that is retaining water and when I touch it I feel the water move?
No: What you are describing is not “normal”. Based on your description, you may be dealing with a fluid accumulation such as a seroma. These fluid accumulations are more common early after surgery but may become a “chronic” problem. Best to see your plastic surgeon in person for evaluation. Best wishes ...Read more
What cause burning sensation after tummy tuck? Could it be for nerves recovery? I have this burning sensation on only left side, my dr said its normal
It is normal for someone who has had a tummy tuck to start bleeding at the site of the cut every once in a while?
crepitus: Sometimes after surgery is normal to have some air trapped underneath the tissues. This may feel like a rice crispy when pressed upon. If there is no fever, redness, or pain there is little to be concerned with however, there are some conditions such as infections which may increase the amount of gas trapped within the tissues. If you suspect an infection contact your surgeon immediately. ...Read more
I had a full tummy tuck with liposuction 5 months ago. I have a pouch above the scar which feels hard. Is this normal?
It's been a month after my sergury (tummy tuck) is it normal for my abdomen to feel that is retaining water and when I touch it I feel the water move?
Seromas are annoying: If you can see your doctor in a few days its ok to wait... If not, you will need to find a local surgeon to remove the fluid. The liquid in a seroma is slowing down your healing by preventing the skin from adhering to the underlying muscles so you should get it taken care of soon. ...Read more
Absolutely Normal: This is absolutely normal. For tummy tucks, I use pain pumps to help ease the pain in the immediate post-op period after surgery. In conjunction with pain pills, this will reduce the pain level. However, you should always discuss pain symptoms with your surgeon in the follow up appointment. ...Read more
Lost lots of weight and have rolls of fat now. Should I get a tummy tuck and an arm lift to get rid of them?
I had a tummy tuck almost 3 weeks ago and I have a lot of fluid built up in my stomach. Where can I get it drained? I had this procedure in the dominican republic. Everyone is telling me that no doctor will drain it here because I didn't have it done here
The name for fluid that builds up in the abdominal area after a tummy tuck is called a seroma. If not drained, not only can it cause discomfort, but it can become a chronic problem, where the the abdminal skin doesn't adhere to the abdominal wall. This is called a bursa, in the worst case scenario, a seroma can become infected, leading to abscess formation and tissue loss.
This exemplifies one of the down-sides of seeking plastic surgery outside of your community. As well, your health insurance is unlikely to cover any costs related to this complication. Most surgeons would care for this as part of routine postoperative care, had they performed the original surgery, provided you were compliant with your instructions.
I would suggest that you locate a board certified plastic surgeon in your area. Be honest about what happened. You may need needle drainage or replacement of a drain. I am sure someone will help you, but please be prepared for additional expenses. ...Read more
I had a tummy tuck 11 months ago and stil have total numbness, bloating, lower back pain and can hardly eat anything. Is this normal?
Of course not: Not sure what you mean by "total numbness, " but long lasting numbness of the central area of your abdomen just above the incision is normal. Hard to understand how a tummy tuck could cause "bloating, " lower back pain or decreased appetite to the degree you describe. Talk to your plastic surgeon or medical doctor ASAP. ...Read more
Is it normal that after abdominoplasty the belly is swelling more and more? Had it done five days ago the only one drain that was put in my stomach was taken out 24 hours later from there on the belly has gotten more swolle is it normal what can I do abo
Check for seroma: If the drain just came out, and your belly has been getting bigger, and jiggles like a water balloon...Then the first thought is that you have a fluid collection called a "seroma". Let your surgeon know - this is easy to fix. ...Read more
If you could before:
There is an old joke about a patient asking if they can play piano after surgery and the surgeon answers "yes" but the patient says: "good, cuz I couldn't play before"
if you camera heels before you should be able to wear heels after when you are sufficiently healed. ...Read more
Can I climb stairs after a tummy tuck? How soon after a tummy tuck will I be able to climb the stairs to my house? .
Today most plastic surgeons encourage early ambulation with the tummy tuck procedure. We ceratinly advise our patients to walk around the house upon discharge and if they desire, they may go up and down stairs (with assistance initially) cautiously and slowly.
It is important to limit the actual abdominal muscle activity after this surgery for at least several days and sleeping in a recliner (easy to get in and out of) is recommended to our patients. ...Read more
Everyone varies: 5 percent of my patients will tell me it was the worst experience of their lives and took weeks to recover and 5 percent will say they were dancing the next night. 90 percent are somewhere in between. Since we don't cut muscles it usually hurts less than common operations like c-sections which do. Desk jobs can usually be back in one week but no sit-ups for 6 weeks. Strenuous jobs take longer. ...Read more
Dispose or other use: In the vast majority of instances the tissues are discarded as medical waste and incinerated. On occasion the tissues may be used in the same individual as a pedicled flap as seen in the tram flap procedure for breast reconstruction. The component tissues can be used as a skin graft or the fat can be harvested and used for breast or buttock augmentation. ...Read more
Are drains used after a tummy tuck? Are drains used after a tummy tuck, and if so, for how long? .
How bad will the scarring be after a tummy tuck? Will I have visible scarring after a tummy tuck? Where is it located? .
Depends: More on your particular skin physiology than anything else. Any ASPS or ASAPS plastic surgeon will give it the best chance to look good by one of the proper techniques. Usually it is hidden by underwear/ bikini and you can have a say in its exact placement. Scars never really disappear but are often cannily-enough placed to not be a problem. Usually similar top C-section scar, but longer. ...Read more