What are the risks of a tummy tuck

All surgical procedures carry some risks.  The potential risks are discussed at the initial consultation and will be outlined via your secure patient portal (TouchMD). Some risks may include:

  • Bleeding, infection and reactions to anaesthesia. Tissue loss along portions of the horizontal incision is possible when the abdominoplasty is extensive.
  • Some pain and discomfort at your wound site should be expected during your recovery period and some patients report a feeling of abdominal muscle tightness up to several months after the procedure.
  • While bruising will disappear over a period of weeks, it may be months before all swelling subsides.
  • Numbness over some portions of the abdominal area may persist for several months.
  • Patients undergoing this procedure should not be considering future pregnancies.
  • Incisions lines may take months to fade and will be permanently visible.
  • Usually, the continuous wearing of a post-operative compression garment will be required for several weeks following an abdominoplasty.

Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) FAQs

How long will it take for my tummy tuck incision to heal?

It takes 4-6 weeks for you to be able to resume normal activities, 3 months for the incision to start healing and up to a year for the skin to mature. The incision is made from hip to hip and around the belly button area, so for it to heal it’s important that you don’t put any strain or pressure on your tummy.

To take care of the incision, you will clean it with warm, soapy water daily. To get an exact timeline for the healing of the incision, talk to the surgeon.

Abdominoplasty is a medical term for Tummy Tuck.  It involves removing excess skin and fat, usually after weight loss or pregnancy and in most cases, requires tightening of the abdominal muscles.  Whilst some doctors advocate aggressive liposuction and abdominoplasty in overweight patients, this carries risks and is not appropriate in most cases.  Suitable Patients for abdominoplasty should generally not be too overweight (BMI under 30) and should not be smokers as these things greatly increase the risks from the surgery.  Abdominoplasty is NOT a procedure to produce weight loss.

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