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Tummy Tuck Risks & Complications

The abdominoAplasty is a cosmetic surgery procedure that is designed to improve the appearance of a person’s abdominal region. Known by most people throughout Orange County as the tummy tuck, this surgery is designed to eliminate excess skin and trim fat from the mid-section of a person’s body.

It is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures in Newport Beach, given the fact that it not only improves a person’s appearance and body shape, but it also helps them look slim, trim and healthy. It is one of the top choices of women who have had children and people who have lost a significant amount of weight. However, while it is a cosmetic surgery by nature, it is still a major operation. Patients should recognize that there are risks and complications associated with it.

What are the Risks and Complications of the Tummy Tuck?

Patients may be at risk for damaging the results of the surgery, especially if the patient becomes pregnant after the operation has been performed, or an underlying condition is discovered that was not known prior to the surgery.

A pregnancy will naturally distort the abdominal region and will stretch the skin. This may damage the results of a tummy tuck surgery, but patients should be able to restore their results after they have recovered from childbirth completely. Talk with the surgeon about options that are available if you require a revision abdominoplasty because of a pregnancy that occurred after an initial operation.

Infection is a common risk associated with the tummy tuck surgery. Infection is a risk that is associated with any type of surgical procedure, whether it is medically-necessary or being performed for cosmetic reasons. Signs of infection include fever, redness or inflammation at the incision site or discharge near the incision. Patients who feel they have signs or symptoms of infection should make a follow-up appointment with their surgeon immediately in order to receive the proper treatment.

Patients also may suffer from skin loss or loss of sensation after the operation is complete. Given the location of the incision and the fact that nerve damage can occur, as a result, of this surgery, patients should be prepared that this can happen after the fact. Patients should address this issue with their surgeon during a follow-up appointment.

While it is important to be aware of the risks and complications associated with this particular cosmetic surgery, patients also should note that these risks are minimized greatly when the procedure is performed by an expert cosmetic surgeon. Patients should make an effort to research the surgeon they are working with prior to heading to the operating room.

They should only work with a cosmetic surgeon who has significant experience in performing the abdominoplasty and who is truly focused on providing patients with individual results. This will ensure that they get the best results after their surgery, and can enjoy a brand new look as well as a fresh burst of self confidence once their recovery is complete.



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