Why Is My Stomach Itchy After My Tummy Tuck?


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Pippa Corbett Profile
Pippa Corbett answered
Itching after having a 'tummy tuck' procedure is completely normal. My advice would be to wait a couple of weeks to see if the itching gets worse, or whether it subsides altogether.

If you're still having problems after that, then you should visit a doctor to get a more definitive answer.

Why does my stomach itch after a tummy tuck operation?
A tummy tuck is considered a major operation, and the healing process can be less than comfortable.

Various types of sutures, glues, binders and dressings might be used to help your recovery and healing - and all these products can cause a certain degree of irritation.

It is also quite normal to experience an itching sensation after a tummy tuck due to the release of histamines by your body. Generally, this situation resolves itself within the first 3 weeks.

What causes itching after a tummy tuck?
Allergy to prescribed medication, or complications associated with your tummy tuck might also be the cause of itching - so, for this reason, I'd recommend consulting a healthcare professional if your symptoms persist.

Initially, a doctor will probably prescribe something to soothe your itching (for example Zyrtec and calamine lotion), although a more thorough examination may be required if you're in considerable discomfort.

According to the website of one reputable Beverly Hills plastic surgeon, the following are all symptoms to look out for following a tummy tuck procedure:

  • Tightness in the area of the abdomen
  • Bruising or swelling
  • Redness
  • A hot tingling or burning sensation
  • Pain 
  • Skin firmness
  • Shiny skin or a itching
It's also worth noting that an increase or decrease of sensitivity in the abdominal area is very common following this type of surgery.
carlene welch Profile
carlene welch answered
It's a true sign that you are healing! Itching is a common factor of any wound that's healing! It's a good sign!


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