As with any surgical procedure, the tummy tuck (or ‘abdominoplasty’) carries some potential risks and complications. Although these risks are few and far between, it is important to be informed about their nature and possible alternatives when considering the procedure. It is recommended that you raise any queries or concerns in the pre-op consultation phase and try to allay your fears – in the vast majority of cases, the procedure is simple and problem free.
The main risks which are associated with the tummy tuck are bleeding and infection, although it has been known to cause blood clots and also leaves a permanent scar. It is important to take on board the advice of the surgeon prior to your surgery relating to preparation and after care to ensure the healing process is as quick and as straightforward as possible. Although the surgeon’s advice may sound overly cautious, it is better to be too careful to avoid damage to the surgery site or necessitate further surgery. It is always a good idea to report any unusual sensation around the site, or any pain or discomfort you may feel immediately to help stop any complications from developing further.
Before undergoing surgery, it is important you are sure the tummy tuck is for you. The operation will leave a permanent scar and could interfere with future abdominal surgery. Only opt for the tummy tuck as a last resort, and remember to consider the risks fully before going under the knife.
Complications can arise in the aftermath if patients intend to lose a great deal of weight, or become pregnant shortly after the operation. If either of these occur, it is possible for the vertical abdominal muscles to become detached from the abdominal wall which will require further surgery to correct and result in the risk of the further complications associated with surgery.
Overall, it is important to consider the after care – mainly the healthy balanced diet and regular mild exercise to improve physical condition and speed the healing process. With care not to over exert, the body will soon heal back to normal with your new shape, leaving you looking and feeling better in yourself. It must be stressed that tummy tuck is very much a last option for those with excess skin, and should not be taken lightly. As this is a major procedure, many patients require several months before being able to resume their normal daily lives, so it is advisable to consider your underlying motives and insecurities, as well as to discuss the procedure with your surgeon, friends and family.
If you are considering the tummy tuck procedure, it is strongly recommended that you consult your medical professional. He will assess your physical condition, as well as your psychological motivation to determine whether this is the best option for you. There are a range of alternatives which may be less risky and possibly less expensive, so it’s again a good idea to speak with your surgeon before commencing surgery.