Tummy tuck or abdominoplasty surgery has associated risks and side effects, just like all other surgeries. Some of these tummy tuck risks and side effects may take place during the surgery while others may occur while you are recovering. It is very important that you know what your tummy tuck risks and side effects are so that you are able to deal with them. If any issues come up, you should be aware of all the options that are available to you – not to mention what the hospital can and can’t do for you. While you are recovering from your tummy tuck, you need to follow the plastic surgeon’s post-operative instructions in order to minimise difficulties and discomfort.
The following is a list of tummy tuck risks and side effects:
Reaction to the anaesthesia. This is a major concern for people undergoing all types of surgery
Belly button death
Bleeding – this can be an issue during both the surgery and recovery
Hematoma (a collection of blood within the tissue)
Seroma (a collection of serous fluid within the tissue)
Infection – this can be an issue during both the surgery and recovery
Reactions to medications given to you after your tummy tuck
Skin irregularities e.g. puckered skin
Skin necrosis (death) – this usually occurs in smokers, may require a skin graft later
Swelling and pain
Development of blood clots – these can be minimized by moving around after your surgery
One of the main side effects of a tummy tuck is permanent scarring. You will have a visible scar on your abdomen and even though the plastic surgeon will do his best to place this in a natural crease, you will still be able to see it. It usually takes 9-12 months before scars flatten out and lighten in color.
Another tummy tuck side effect relates to the collection of fluid under the skin after the drains have been removed. If this occurs, your surgeon can suck up the fluid with a needle.
As you can see, tummy tuck risks and side effects range from the mild to the severe. If you have any worries or questions, please talk to your plastic surgeon about them so you feel completely comfortable with your plastic surgery in Mexico.
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