What are the risks associated with a tummy tuck?
Fortunately, major complications associated with tummy tucks are infrequent, and the satisfaction rate is high. The overall complication rate is low if the operation is performed by an experienced, board-certified aesthetic plastic surgeon operating in an accredited facility. You should discuss the risks and potential complications with your aesthetic plastic surgeon during your consultation and after your procedure to ensure you are on the right track to recovery.
All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Some of the potential complications of all surgeries are:
- Adverse reaction to anesthesia
- Hematoma or seroma (an accumulation of blood or fluid under the skin that may require removal)
- Infection and bleeding
- Changes in sensation
- Allergic reactions
- Damage to underlying structures
- Unsatisfactory results that may necessitate additional procedures
Other risks specific to tummy tucks are:
- Blood clots (deep venous thrombosis / pulmonary embolism)
- Return of abdominal laxity due to weight loss after the procedure (it is best to attain your goal weight before undergoing an abdominoplasty)
You can help minimize tummy tuck risks by following your board-certified aesthetic plastic surgeon’s advice and instructions before and after your surgery.