What Can I Do About My Puffy Pubic Area After My Tummy Tuck?

Q: Dr. Eppley, It has been a year since my tummy tuck was done. I had a full spare tire removed and now I can finally fit into reasonable clothes again. I’m very happy with the results. However, I’ve noticed my pubic mound area seems to be bigger now and bulges out. Where the zipper is on my pants is really tight over this mound. My pants fit fine everywhere else on my waist and hips. But my pubic area now looks weird and puffy.

A: It is very common after very large tummy tucks or absominal panniculectomies to have loose skin and extra fat in the pubic area. The reality is that this pubic fullness was always there, it just never became apparent until the spare tire was removed. This this is not a new physical development just a new observable one to you. It is magnified because it sits below a more narrow waistline area abovhe it where the scar lies. This cane be very effectively flattened by pubic liposuction which may require a little bit of a pubic lift is there is any loose skin there.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana