San Diego Cosmetic Surgeon Dr. Tom Pousti Talks About Tummy Tuck : Abdominoplasty Potential risks and complications
Potential risks and complications with Abdominoplasty:
Wound Healing Problems: portions of the incision line may demonstrate delayed healing, requiring dressing changes.
Asymmetry: differences between the two sides of the abdomen may necessitate further surgery.
Seroma: fluid collection may require prolonged drainage or aspiration.
Infection: rare and usually treatable with antibiotics.
Bleeding: rare but may require surgical intervention.
Loss of Umbilical blood supply: very rare and may require revisionary surgery.
Deep Venous-Thrombosis/ Pulmonary Embolism: blood clots that form in the legs that may travel to the lungs causing difficulty with respiration and requiring hospitalization. Prevention is key using compression stockings and early ambulation.
Need for revisionary surgery: the above complications may necessitate further surgery.