Risks of an Abdominoplasty
Like any surgery, tummy tucks can pose a few risks. Some of the possible abdominoplasty compilations you may encounter include:
Seroma is when fluid accumulates beneath your skin, and it's one of the most common issues that occur after surgery. Seromas can differ in size, but larger ones should be treated promptly and correctly. Not doing so can lead to aspiration and surgery. To prevent this, your plastic surgeon may require you to use drainage tubes or they'll remove the fluid manually using a syringe and needle.
Poor Wound Healing
When tummy tuck incisions don't heal properly, whether that's due to incorrect wound care or poor surgical practices, it can cause an infection. Infections can be life-threatening if left untreated, so if you notice signs of infection, seek medical attention right away.
Tissue Damage or Death
Tummy tucks can lead to fatty tissue dying or becoming damaged. Depending on the severity of the tissue loss, you may have to go through a second surgical procedure to touch up the area, costing you more time and money than planned. You can significantly reduce this risk by not smoking.
An abdominoplasty can lead to tummy tuck scars, which can be unattractive for some. The size of these scars and how long they take to heal will vary from person to person. However, you can use our embrace® Tummy Tuck Kit to minimize the appearance of abdominoplasty scars.
Changes in Skin Sensation
A tummy tuck can affect the nerves in your abdomen since various abdominal tissues are repositioned during the procedure. During the healing process, this may lead you to experience numbness or reduced sensation in the area. In rare cases, an abdominoplasty can also affect the nerves located in your upper thighs. However, this should go away after a few months.
If you're concerned about potential tummy tuck complications, make sure to discuss them with your doctor. They'll be able to ease your worries and provide tips to reduce abdominoplasty risks.
How to Prepare for a Tummy Tuck
Being fully prepared for a tummy tuck is essential to ensuring your surgery goes as smoothly as possible. Plus, you'll be able to manage your stress better by simply preparing beforehand.
Have a Physical Exam
Having a physical exam before a tummy tuck surgery guarantees that your health is in tip-top shape before the procedure. During this step, your doctor may ask you about past or current medical conditions, allergies, previous surgeries, medication you're taking, and your use of alcohol, tobacco, or drugs. Make sure to be honest with your doctor, as not doing so can lead to surgery complications.
Discuss Your Expectations with Your Doctor
- At your abdominoplasty consultation, your doctor will take photos of your abdomen and discuss your treatment options, as well as any potential risks or outcomes. Here, you'll discuss your goals and expectations for the tummy tuck, so you're both on the same page about the procedure. You can also ask questions, such as:
- What are your current certifications?
- How many years have you been conducting tummy tucks?
- How are surgery complications taken care of at this medical facility?
- Do you have untouched before and after photos of patients who have undergone tummy tucks?
Maintain a Stable Weight
Maintaining a stable weight at least 12 months before the surgery is important to ensuring it can actually take place. As mentioned earlier, a BMI that's greater than 30 makes you ineligible for a tummy tuck. If you're overweight or your BMI is too high, your doctor will recommend weight loss to avoid complications during and after the surgery.
Arrange What You'll Need for Recovery
One of the most important things you'll need to plan for after your surgery is how you'll get home. Because a tummy tuck will impact your mobility, you won't be able to drive yourself home or take public transportation on your own. Plan ahead to save yourself a few headaches down the road.