Q&A: HOW DO YOU TELL IF YOU TORE THE MUSCLE REPAIR FROM A TUMMY TUCK?

"I am 6 weeks PO from having extended tummy tuck w/muscle repair. I have severe depression and tend to over eat at certain times. I got in a depression state right after my tt surgery and been eating toooo much. I am afraid I did damage, I am scheduled to talk to my counselor about my overeating w/stress. Can you please tell me how I would tell or know if I did damage, right now I’m afraid to ask my surgeon because I feel like a failure. Thanks so much."

DR. POUSTI: Tummy Tuck Recovery?

Thank you for the question.

In general, it would take a significant amount of pressure to “tear” the muscle repair after tummy tuck surgery. This will likely be associated with significant discomfort. It is not likely to happen from “eating too much”.

I would suggest continued follow-up with your surgeon and your counselor to express your questions and concerns. There is really no need to “feel like a failure”. Severe emotional ups and downs are quite common after the procedure you have undergone.

Best wishes.

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