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Abdominal Protrusion After Tummy Tuck

Q: I’m 7 months post-op. My stomach is still big with a lot of fullness—what is causing this? The doctor did not mark me in room standing up. He marked me in the operating room while I was laying down. Is this why I have excess fat and why my stomach isn’t flat? (Also, I have balls in the incision area where the doctor gave me steroid shots.) Thanks for posting your before and after pictures, and sorry for your sub-optimal result. From observing your pictures, indeed the stomach is protruding excessively. However, the cause can be due to the following: The surgeon tightened only the skin and not the muscles. The surgeon tightened the muscles, but due to excessive fat intra-peritoneally, for your own safety, he could not flatten the stomach, to avoid breathing difficulty after surgery. (In my practice, I ask thetummy tuckpatients during the first consultation to lie on their back flat. If the stomach is still protruding while flat, I notify the patients that for their own safety, I will not be able to tighten the muscles optimally, which will result in a stomach that is not totally flat.) The surgeon tightened the muscles optimally, but […] read more
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