Tummy tuck healing

I had my tummy tuck done in May 2015. I'm still feeling a little numbness and discomfort. Is this normal and how long does it take to completely heal? Can scar tissue and lumps be removed?

Thanks for your question and yes you are normal. The area below the BB takes the longest to regain sensation. This may take over a year to appreciate much of a difference. It likely however will not return to completely normal whereas the other areas usually regain the original feeling. I'm guessing that lumps you are feeling are from internal sutures. Most of these dissolve over the first 3-4 months. Direct massage over them should help. This however should be assessed by your surgeon along with the scar tissue you are referring to. Best of Luck!

M. Scott Haydon MD
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Numbness, swelling, firmness, and scar tissue with scar redness is to be expected for about one year after tummy tuck surgery. Be patient. Most lumps of scar tissue resolve without intervention. I would voice your concerns to your plastic surgeon to make sure you are progressing normally.

Hayley A. Brown MD
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A tummy tuck disturbs most of the sensory nerves of the abdomen. It takes quite a while for those nerves to grow back and even longer for the brain to understand where those nerve endings are so the brain recognizes what is touching it. The numbness and discomfort are, therefore, normal. The more you touch the area and consciously try to learn what you are feeling, the faster the problem goes away. As far scarring and lumps go, you will need to see your plastic surgeon.

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