Abdominoplasties are performed by the thousands successfully each year. When done by a qualified plastic surgeon trained in body contouring, results are generally positive. But as with any surgery, there are always risks associated and specific complications associated with tummy tuck surgery.
Post-operative complications such as infection and blood clots are rare, but can occur. Infection can be treated with drainage and antibiotics, but will prolong hospital stays. Risks of blood clots can be minimized by moving around as soon after the surgery as possible.
Poor healing will result in conspicuous scars and may necessitate a second operation. Smokers should be advised to stop smoking, as smoking may increase the risk of complications and delay healing.
You can reduce your risk of complications by closely following Dr. Lesavoy’s instructions before and after the surgery, especially with regard to when and how you should resume physical activity.