What are some of the risks/complications of a Tummy Tuck procedure?
Soreness or tightness may last for several weeks after your surgery. You may also have numbness, bruising and overall fatigue during that time; these should all gradually resolve.
As with any surgery, there are risks. You may have an increased risk of complications if you have poor circulation, diabetes, heart, lung, or liver disease, or if you smoke.
Complications can include:
- Suboptimal scarring,
- Hematoma (bleeding),
- Seroma (accumulation of fluid),
- Poor wound healing/wound dehiscence,
- Blood clots,
- Numbness or other changes in sensation.
For more extensive operations, especially with patients who are still obese at the time of surgery, some of the complications can include Fat necrosis, Wound separation, and Asymmetry (unevenness of contour).
It is also crucial to communicate with your plastic surgeon about your surgical goals or targets before any surgery, so that all your needs and expectations can be addressed adequately.
Lastly, long-term scarring after surgery can be minimized through optimal surgical design and technique, but the long-term result can vary greatly between individuals. Overall, the complication rate would be related to the complexity of the surgery.