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How Often Do Complications Occur After A Tummy Tuck?

How Often Do Complications Occur After A Tummy Tuck?


Since 2010, the cosmetic surgery industry has evolved rapidly as the request for tummy tucks has increased significantly. Scientists and doctors have been working together to reduce the risks that may occur after surgery. From all the cosmetic surgeries, the tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) carries a higher risk than other plastic surgery procedures. Doctors have reached the conclusion that in order for them to reduce these risks, a strict prevention pattern needs to take place. Knowing the most common complications that may occur after a tummy tuck, they created a safer environment during the last few years in order for every patient to have total peace of mind during and after the procedure.

In the end, it is all about prevention. Let’s see some of the most common complications that may occur and how to prevent them in order for us to understand if this question has a precise answer.

Complications and Prevention

While side effects for other cosmetic surgeries can occur in 1.5% of patients, when we check the numbers for tummy tuck procedures, 4% of the patients will experience complications.

  • Hematomas: A hematoma is basically an accumulation of blood outside the blood vessels. It can be either a disease or caused by surgery. In most cases, hematomas can appear a few hours after surgery. However, most of them tend to heal by themselves, and only in small numbers can these create major complications. In order to prevent hematomas, cease any anticoagulant medicine use three weeks before the surgery. This type of drug can increase bleeding. Also, hematomas tend to form if the patient has low blood pressure or suffers from obesity.
  • Seromas: Even if they appear in most cases, they do not usually present a high-risk complication. It is always prevented by doctors with drain tubes, and they do not pose any major risk in the future. In order to prevent seromas, doctors will usually require you to wear a special bandage.
  • Tissue necrosis: Usually, necrosis is not a common side effect, but it is one that can be fully prevented. This usually occurs in areas where the liposuction took place. Some fat tissues around this area either get damaged or die. Tissue necrosis can often be prevented especially by quitting cigarettes several weeks before the procedure and stay away from them even after. Nicotine can cause necrosis in more cases than usual. In some cases, a skin necrosis will need another plastic surgery.

Apart from these common side effects, we can highlight even bleeding, poor wound healing, anesthesia toxicity, nerve damage or pulmonary complications. Even if 4% is a small percentage, choosing an experienced doctor and with a full disclosure of your health issues from past or current ones can definitely bring this percentage down in the future.








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