Worrying signs after an abdominoplasty  - Hourglass Tummy Tuck
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Worrying signs after an abdominoplasty 

Worrying signs after an abdominoplasty 

 

Abdominoplasty is a major, complex surgery performed on patients with an unsightly appearance of the tummy caused by skin sagginess. There are many causes behind the skin folds that can occur on the inferior part of the tummy and cover a part of the pubic area or the entire area. Among the frequent causes are multiple pregnancies, considerable weight loss, and the natural aging process.

When abdominoplasty is performed, the plastic surgeon will make an incision on the suprapubic area that will be used to detach the skin from the muscles. This allows the plastic surgeon access to the abdominal muscles that are strengthened with sutures and brought together on the median line. The skin is then re-draped on the tummy ensuring there is good tension in it and the excess skin is excised before the incisions are then sutured. Aside from the incision on the suprapubic area, the patient might also need an incision around the navel, if the reposition of the belly button was mandatory and also on the flanks if there are skin folds present in the area as well. 

After the procedure, the patient is moved to recovery where he will spend no longer than a few hours until the side effects of the general anesthesia dissipate. After this, the patient is helped off the bed and free to leave the medical facility. Upon the return home, the patient is advised to pay attention to the warning signs that could occur. Keep in mind that the first few days after the tummy tuck procedure is the period with an increased risk of developing a complication such as infection.

The signs of an infection are high fever, intense pain in the operated area, pus coming from the incision site, and redness in the area. To avoid an infection, the plastic surgeon will prescribe antibiotics to be taken for five days post-op. However, it is essential to notice the signs as soon as they occur to get medical assistance.

Another worrying sign that can occur after abdominoplasty is excessive bleeding. Excessive bleeding can weaken the body and immune system and prolong the recovery process. It can occur if the patient took anti-inflammatory medication and even some natural supplements which have blood thinning properties before the surgery. Excessive bleeding might also occur if the patient applied too much pressure on the incisions and caused them to rupture. In very rare cases, excessive bleeding might be caused by internal trauma. Make sure to get medical assistance in case this occurs.

It is normal to feel a bit under the weather and even irritable and nauseous after abdominoplasty and until the effects of the general anesthetic completely disappear, but if a general unwell sensation is persistent, make sure to contact the plastic surgeon. 

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