The decision to have a tummy tuck is absolutely a personal one, and while the procedure is exceedingly safe for patients, there is a possibility of side effects or risks associated with this procedure. Of course, this is true for virtually any medical procedure of this scale.
Prior to your abdominoplasty, the surgeon will discuss the possible risk factors in an appointment. That discussion will also include your medical history as well as family history to identify any potential risk factors. This discussion is the time to voice concerns about the procedure or to get more information about risks that may be more likely in your particular case. Among these risks, the following may be discussed in your meeting:
The scar from a tummy tuck procedure is very large. The incision can sweep from one hipbone to the other, sometimes even farther. While the scar does fade over time, it can be noticeable in certain types of undergarments and bathing suits.
Hematomas, or bleeding under the skin, can occur during the recovery process for the tummy tuck. Excessive bleeding may also occur during the surgery, especially if the patient is a smoker.
Just as with any incision, there is a risk of infection. The doctor may prescribe antibiotics following the procedure to help combat any lingering infection risks.
Numbness and Nerve Damage
It is common to experience some numbness and tingling in the area of the incision. Nerves were cut during the surgery process and as they heal you may experience numbness or no feeling in the area, tingling sensations, itching and even some pain.
Swelling is common after abdominoplasty surgery, but the swelling may persist for some time following the procedure. The surgeon will leave drains in place to help remove excess fluid during the healing process.