3 Complications that can occur a week after abdominoplasty - Hourglass Tummy Tuck
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3 Complications that can occur a week after abdominoplasty

3 Complications that can occur a week after abdominoplasty


Abdominoplasty is the medical term we use for the well-known tummy tuck procedure. The tummy tuck is commonly performed nowadays, both in the United States and all around the world as it provides a safe and efficient method to correct the imperfections of the abdominal wall. The procedure is often performed with the patient under general anesthesia and can last a few hours or more, depending on the complexity of each case. Just like any other surgical procedure, the tummy tuck can be associated with certain complications, such as:


  1.   Infection

Any patient undergoing a surgical procedure is at risk of developing an infection. Generally speaking, the infection can occur due to contracting bacteria during surgery or after, when the patient returns home. Infections after the tummy tuck often show their first signs after 24 to 48 hours after the procedure. The symptoms are high fever, pus coming from the incisions, redness, and intense pain in the abdomen. A responsible and experienced plastic surgeon will prescribe antibiotics for five days post-op to avoid the risk of developing an infection and will give the patient a comprehensive list of dos and don’ts after the tummy tuck with the same goal in mind. If you notice any signs of infection, contact your plastic surgeon or your doctor immediately for treatment. 

  1.   Wound opening

Abdominoplasty entails one or multiple incisions, depending on the amount of tissue to be removed and the localization of this tissue. After the tummy tuck is performed, the plastic surgeon will advise the patient to walk in a slightly bent forward position and lie in bed with pillows under the upper part of the body. These will help the patient avoid putting too much pressure on the incisions when rising from the bed or walking around the house. The patient should also avoid coughing, sneezing and even laughing too hard. All these could trigger wound opening, a complication that can occur during the first week after the procedure. Quitting smoking a few weeks before abdominoplasty and maintaining non-smoking status after the procedure will also help the patient avoid wound opening caused by skin necrosis. 


  1.   Excessive bleeding

Excessive bleeding is a risk when it comes to complex procedures. The risk of excessive bleeding can be minimized when choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon and following his recommendations. Avoiding certain medications such as aspirin and also natural supplements for at least a few weeks before the tummy tuck is mandatory to be able to avoid this complication. If excessive bleeding occurs in the first week after abdominoplasty, contact your plastic surgeon as soon as possible as additional treatment might be necessary.









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