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Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) Risks/Complications

Abdominoplasty, more commonly known as "Tummy Tuck Surgery" is an invasive, but popular method of removing excess skin and fat from the abdominal area. It can also restore weakened or separated muscles giving a smoother and firmer appearance. Many of us strive for a well-toned abdomen, but sometimes exercise and weight control don't produce the desired aesthetic results. A protruding abdomen with loose and sagging skin can be caused from aging, heredity, pregnancy, prior surgery and significant fluctuations in weight. As with any invasive surgical procedure, there are risks and complications to be considered when considering a Tummy Tuck. Cosmetic surgery complications insurance from Aesthetisure was created to help patients that have the unfortunate reality of sustaining potential complications.

Abdominoplasty Considerations

A Tummy Tuck should not be used as a substitute for weight loss or an exercise regimen. While the results are usually permanent, the desired positive outcome can be greatly diminished should your weight fluctuate significantly. With this in mind, if you are planning on significant weight loss or future pregnancies, it is best if the Tummy Tuck is postponed. Important considerations prior to undergoing Abdominoplasty are:

  • A Tummy Tuck cannot correct stretch marks. However, these may be improved or removed if they are located in an area where the excess skin is being removed.
  • You should be at a stable weight, physically healthy, and a non-smoker
  • You should have realistic expectations as to what Tummy Tuck surgery can do for you
  • It is important to understand that Abdominoplasty is an invasive elective cosmetic surgical procedure and carries a higher risk of complication
  • Possible complications can include, but are not limited to the following:
    • Anesthesia Risks
    • Bleeding
    • Infection
    • Poor wound heeling
    • Skin Loss
    • Numbness or other changes in skin sensation
    • Unfavorable scarring
    • Fat necrosis
    • DVT (deep vein thrombosis), cardiac and pulmonary complications
    • Less than optimal aesthetic result
    • Possibility of future revision surgery
    • Persistent pain

To better understand the potential risks and complications associated with Abdominoplasty, please consult with a Board Certified surgeon

Questions to ask your surgeon during the Abdominoplasty consult

  • Are you a Board Certified surgeon?
  • How long have you been performing Abdominoplasty surgery?
  • Am I a good candidate for this procedure?
  • What surgical technique is recommended for me?
  • What will be expected of me after surgery to achieve the best results?
  • Will my procedure be performed at a hospital, where you have privileges, or at an accredited outpatient surgery center?
  • How long of a recovery period can I expect and will I require assistance during my recovery?
  • What are the risks and complications associated with my procedure?
  • How are complications handled and who pays in the event of a complication?
  • Do you provide a cosmetic surgery complications insurance policy?
  • How can I expect my abdomen to look over time?
  • What are the possible negative outcomes should I become pregnant after my procedure?
  • Do you have before and after photos I may view for this procedure and what would be a reasonable expectation for me?

By consulting with a Board Certified surgeon, potential patients are better educated to make the most informed decision.

While every doctor and patient strive for the best outcome possible, the reality is complications can and do happen. Aesthetisure helps to mitigate risks associated with Abdominoplasty by providing patients with cosmetic surgery complications insurance. Aesthetisure is available to Board Certified surgeons and will provide you with peace of mind should you decide to undergo a Tummy Tuck. To learn more about cosmetic surgery complication insurance and Aesthetisure, please contact us by email at info@aesthetisure.com or by phone (800) 362-1542.