If you would like to undergo a tummy tuck to flatten your tummy and get a better looking body, it’s important to understand the risks associated with the procedure. While there are risks that come with any surgical procedure, there are specific risks related to a tummy tuck.

What happens during a tummy tuck?

During a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty the surgeon will remove excess skin and fat from the abdomen, and tighten the stomach muscles. The incision for surgery is typically made in the area just above the bikini line, but the length of the incision will depend on the extent of the surgery.

What are the risks with a tummy tuck procedure

There is typically pain and swelling after tummy tuck surgery along with some soreness, but there are also some risks such as:

  • Numbness: There is generally some numbness after a tummy tuck, especially in the region of the scar. Sensation usually returns within a few weeks, but it may be longer in some cases.
  • Blood clot: It is possible to develop a blood clot after a major procedure like a tummy tuck. As a result, patients should move around as their body allows. They should also do leg lifts and other simple movements while in bed, to promote blood circulation.
  • Lumps and bumps: Some patients complain of lumps and areas of hardness after tummy tuck surgery. This is often related to swelling and should resolve within 4-6 weeks.

Would you like to learn more about the risks of tummy tuck surgery?

If you are in the greater Orange County or Irvine, CA areas, contact board certified plastic surgeon Kyle Song, M.D. for a consultation.

You can reach Dr. Song at www.kylesongmd.com, or by calling (949) 701-4454.