What are the potential sequelae and complications for this procedure?
There may be pain, swelling, and bruising after the procedure, which usually settles over the course of the week and can be helped with medication. Complications, though uncommon, include bleeding, infection, and wound issues. Bleeding usually stops on its own, but if ongoing may require another procedure to prevent further bleeding. The risk of infection is reduced by meticulous surgical sterility and intra- and post-procedure antibiotics. Wound issues such as fluid collections or suture line breakdown are handled by drains, dressings, and wound revisions if required.
The main drawback of the abdominoplasty is a scar which may extend from one hipbone to the other. However, with the correct design of the excision, fine surgical technique, and post-operative scar management, the scar heals very well and can be hidden in the ‘bikini line’.