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Is it difficult to get the "dog ears" from my tummy tuck scar removed?

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Dr. Tito Vasquez
Surgery - Plastics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Could be

Small dog ears are usually easy to deal with and revise.
Larger dog ears could mean that your surgery needs to be extended far beyond the hips and into the back. Discuss your concerns with your plastic surgeon.

In brief: Could be

Small dog ears are usually easy to deal with and revise.
Larger dog ears could mean that your surgery needs to be extended far beyond the hips and into the back. Discuss your concerns with your plastic surgeon.
Dr. Tito Vasquez
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Dr. Robert Alexander
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

"dog ears" occasionally results when, following removal of skin excess, repair of unequal lengths of incisions (above and below).
The 'pucker' resulting is the dog ear. Reduction with small liposuction under the dog ear, coupled with removal of a small amount of tissue on each end usually corrects the problem. Outpatient and local anesthesia is common.

In brief: No

"dog ears" occasionally results when, following removal of skin excess, repair of unequal lengths of incisions (above and below).
The 'pucker' resulting is the dog ear. Reduction with small liposuction under the dog ear, coupled with removal of a small amount of tissue on each end usually corrects the problem. Outpatient and local anesthesia is common.
Dr. Robert Alexander
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Dr. Ricardo Rodriguez
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Dog Ears Tummy Tuck

The removal of 'dog ears' after a tummy tuck is usually a quick and easy procedure which can be done under local anesthesia in the office.
This procedure is performed after everything has completely settled from the main surgery.

In brief: Dog Ears Tummy Tuck

The removal of 'dog ears' after a tummy tuck is usually a quick and easy procedure which can be done under local anesthesia in the office.
This procedure is performed after everything has completely settled from the main surgery.
Dr. Ricardo Rodriguez
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Dr. Annette Occhialini
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

These can usually be removed under local in the office, unless they are large.
Keep in mind it will make your scar longer.

In brief: No

These can usually be removed under local in the office, unless they are large.
Keep in mind it will make your scar longer.
Dr. Annette Occhialini
Dr. Annette Occhialini
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1 comment
Dr. David Wishnew
I find that an aggressive liposuction at the areas of the dog ear can remove the pooching without increasing the length of the scar(s)
Dr. Francisco Agullo
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

Simple procedure that can even be done with local anesthesia.

In brief: No

Simple procedure that can even be done with local anesthesia.
Dr. Francisco Agullo
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Dr. Brian Klink
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

If the dogears are small, it is usually a relatively easy outpatient procedure that can be performed under local anesthesia.

In brief: No

If the dogears are small, it is usually a relatively easy outpatient procedure that can be performed under local anesthesia.
Dr. Brian Klink
Dr. Brian Klink
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Dr. Daniel Careaga
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Not usually

They are usually pretty easy to remove by your surgeon under local anesthesia.

In brief: Not usually

They are usually pretty easy to remove by your surgeon under local anesthesia.
Dr. Daniel Careaga
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: No usually a local

This is not usually a big deal.
Typically surgeons will attempt to keep the scar as short as possible leaving some dog ears at the end of the operation which commonly shrink within 4-6 months. If they persist and are small, they can easily be removed under local anesthesia, if however, the surgery was insufficient to treat the initial problem, a more extensive correction may be necesssary.

In brief: No usually a local

This is not usually a big deal.
Typically surgeons will attempt to keep the scar as short as possible leaving some dog ears at the end of the operation which commonly shrink within 4-6 months. If they persist and are small, they can easily be removed under local anesthesia, if however, the surgery was insufficient to treat the initial problem, a more extensive correction may be necesssary.
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. John Di Saia
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Not usually.

It depends upon how extensive they are.
Sometimes the patient has quite a bit of excess skin trailing towards the back. Extending the removal towards the back is the solution here.

In brief: Not usually.

It depends upon how extensive they are.
Sometimes the patient has quite a bit of excess skin trailing towards the back. Extending the removal towards the back is the solution here.
Dr. John Di Saia
Dr. John Di Saia
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Ear clipping.

Getting your dog ears corrected is quite often a very simple procedure performed under local if that is the correct diagnosis.
Frequently people confuse dog ears with inadequate skin resection which should have been initially treated with an extended tummy tuck or even belt lipectomy.

In brief: Ear clipping.

Getting your dog ears corrected is quite often a very simple procedure performed under local if that is the correct diagnosis.
Frequently people confuse dog ears with inadequate skin resection which should have been initially treated with an extended tummy tuck or even belt lipectomy.
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. Todd Sisto
Breast Surgery

In brief: No

It's a very simple office procedure with local anaesthesia.

In brief: No

It's a very simple office procedure with local anaesthesia.
Dr. Todd Sisto
Dr. Todd Sisto
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