Q & A’sCategory: BodyAbdominoplasty
AvatarCindy Snider asked 5 years ago

Is it possible for the muscle repair in a tummy tuck to be done too tight and cause long term (1year post op) discomfort?  If so is there any way to help the muscles not feel so tight that it causes discomfort and/or will this discomfort diminish with time?   Also can it cause other health issues if the muscle repair is done too tightly?   I am 1 year post op from my abdominoplasty and still have discomfort on a daily basis.  It feels like my muscles are too tight. I have feelings of tightness and it is definitely worse with movement.  Movement makes them feel like they are” hardening” or “balling up”.  

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Dr Terrence ScampDr Terrence Scamp Contributor answered 5 years ago

No I haven’t encountered that problem.
The repair is only to a small segment in the midline. The rest of the abdominal wall remains untouched and has a lot of give.

It’s possible your symptoms are related to something within the abdomen.
I’ve never seen a muscle wall repair that caused problems in the long-term. If anything they are more prone to stretch up than remain too tight.

Dr Terrence Scamp

Dr Terrence Scamp is Esteem Medi Spa's resident plastic surgeon based on the Gold Coast in Queensland. He has over 20 years experience as one of Australia's leading cosmetic plastic surgeons and is a member of the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), The American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS), and an international corresponding member of the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons (ASPRS).

TrishTrish Contributor answered 5 years ago

Hi Cindy I think you should book in to see the Dr that did your surgery, they’re going to be the best one to help you! Regards Trish


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