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What Are The Risks?

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 15:52

Contributing Author: Guy Slowik FRCS

Abdominoplasty is generally safe. Any surgery, however, has the potential for complications and the patient should clearly understand any and all risks involved.

These risks include:

  • A bad reaction to anesthesia
  • Unplanned hospital admission
  • A collection of blood under the skin (hematoma, or "blood blister")
  • Poor healing and excess scarring
  • A degree of permanent numbness of the¬†abdomen

Severe complications are rare. They include:

  • Heavy bleeding
  • Infection
  • Blood clots, particularly in women taking birth control pills
  • Skin tissue death (necrosis), especially in smokers and people with diabetes
  • Lung problems
  • Death

How-To Information:

Tips For A Safe Surgery:

How To Minimize Some Risks Of Abdominoplasty

  • Choose a physician with surgical training who has experience in performing tummy tucks. Plastic surgeons are among the physicians who perform this surgery. Ask the physician how many procedures he or she has performed.
  • Patients should be in good health. Patients should tell the surgeon about any past and present medical problems and about any medicines they take.
  • Follow the surgeon's advice before and after surgery.
  • Do not sunburn the abdomen just before or after surgery.
  • Avoid strenuous activity for several weeks after surgery.

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