Tummy Tucks

What If You Have a Belly Bulge AFTER a Tummy Tuck!?

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Woman on bed struggling to button jeansTummy tucks are supposed to, like, make your tummy slimmer and trimmer. So why do you have a belly bulge AFTER abdominoplasty? Before you kick it into panic mode, take a deep breath and follow these words of wisdom.

Slow Down, Sister

This might not be exactly what you want to hear, but the truth is that you’ll have to hang tight for 4 to 6 months while your body recovers from your tummy tuck, THEN start worrying about a bulge.

Any earlier on in the healing process, there are just too many things that could be causing a wonky shape like swelling, existing visceral fat and weakened muscle tone from surgery, just to name a few.

If you’re also experiencing severe pain, bleeding or pus from your incision or other unusual effects, check in with your plastic surgeon to rule out the possibility of a medical issue.

During your tummy tuck recovery, focus on you, girl. Don’t worry about the number on the scale or the shape of your belly just yet.

Talk to Your Plastic Surgeon

If you’re still unhappy after you’ve waited the 4 to 6 months, talk to your plastic surgeon. He or she should give you the green light to start doing abdominal exercises to help you strengthen and tone your muscles. Make sure you pair exercise with healthy eating habits, too.

If that doesn’t work, you might be a candidate for a revision surgery or additional liposuction, both of which your plastic surgeon should be able to walk you through.


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