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Risk of Plastic Surgery:

  • Uneven contours
  • Irregular Pigmentation
  • Infection
  • Fat clots
  • Blood clot
  • Skin or nerve damage
  • Rippling or loose skin
  • Asymmetry
  • Unfavorable scarring
  • Excessive brosing
  • Anesthesia risks
  • Bleeding (hematoma)
  • Change in skin sensation
  • Poor wound healing
  • Skin discoloration or swelling
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Pain, which may persist
  • Possibility of revisional surgery
  • Persistent swelling in the legs
  • Excessive fluid loss or accumulation  
  • Damage to deeper structures such as nerves, blood vessels, muscles, lungs, & abdominal organs
  • Cardiac & pulmonary complications
  • Death  


Decreasing Your Risk of Blood Clot  Recovery after surgery:

Most surgeons advise using compression girdles, stockings, pre- or post-operative Lymphatic massage 48/72 hours after surgery, and short walks within a day or two of your surgery. Gentle movement is helpful and will speed your recovery.  Too much exertion or vigorous activity can be detrimental.


Tummy Tuck Drains:

Most tummy tuck patients need drains after their procedure. The drains decrease the risk of seroma formation (i.e., fluid collecting between the muscle layer and the skin flap), which can cause infection. The drains create a point of exit for this fluid, reducing the risk of infection following tummy tuck surgery.

The drains are silicone tubes inserted into the abdomen through the tummy tuck incision or one or more specially made incisions. The tubes connect to bulbs that provide suction for excess fluid that accumulates during your recovery from surgery. The patient measures the drainage each day, keeping track of the amount and discarding it. The drains may be removed in as little as three to five days after surgery, though your surgeon may advise you keep them in for up to three weeks or more, depending on the amount of fluid that is draining. Some patients claim tummy tuck drains can be inconvenient, but physicians find them worth the inconvenience because they decrease the risk of infection.