tummy tuck open wound

A small wound separation 3 weeks following a tummy tuck

It is not rare to have a small separation of the incision which can be due to a variety of reasons.

This can be due to a breakage of a suture or even a suture coming thorugh the skin. It does not sound like an infection in your case.

Neverthless, you should contact your plastic surgeon for further instructions. This area may just require local wound care and may not even need to be resutured. (Steven Turkeltaub, MD, Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon)

Incision open after tummy tuck

Incision open after tummy tuck

This may be entirely normal but you should check right away with your surgeon for advice. Most of the time a small opening will just heal up nicely, you do not want to stitch it because it will lead to infection doing that. (Richard P. Rand, MD, FACS, Seattle Plastic Surgeon)

Incision opened up

I would suggest you call your plastic surgeon and let them evaluate the wound. Chances are that proper wound care will handle the situation and it will heal in without a procedure. but you need to see the surgeon so proper care and maybe antibiotics are given if indicated. (Rick Rosen, MD, Norwalk Plastic Surgeon)

Post Operative Tummy Tuck

separation of the incision after tummy tuck

First, I would contact your plastic surgeon for an appointment to have him/her examine the wound. It is very common to have an open area in the middle of your abdomen after surgery. You do want to make sure that it is not infected.

Should no infection be present, then proper wound care should be discussed between you and your plastic surgeon. (Leo Lapuerta, MD, Houston Plastic Surgeon)

Minor wound separation is common, but should be evaluated by your surgeon
It is quite common for there to be a small area of a long incision that separates a bit before healing.

However, this must be evaluated in person by your plastic surgeon. Contact him or her ASAP. (Elizabeth Slass Lee, MD, Bay Area Plastic Surgeon)

Not normal best to see your PS ASAP to offer wound care. If re suturing is needed than he should make that decision. (Darryl J. Blinski, MD, Miami Plastic Surgeon)