We Work to Minimize Potential Complications
The majority of patients undergoing tummy tuck surgery love their new body and can't wait to get back into their "skinny jeans" or a new swimming suit. Despite the high patient satisfaction rate, like every plastic and cosmetic surgery, there are well-known risks associated with tummy tuck surgery.
The most serious complications of tummy tucks are fortunately rare and include blood clots of the leg (approximately 1% of patients) and blood clots of the lungs (less that 1% of patients). Patients with a history of blood clots, clotting disorders, cancer, spontaneous miscarriages, pregnancy within the last three months, age over forty, and patients taking birth control pills are at increased risk of blood clots following a tummy tuck and should discuss this with the surgeon prior to surgery.
Other minor complications of tummy tuck surgery include small areas of wound breakdown, fluid collections under the skin, and contour irregularities on the sides of the incision. Dr. Perez is a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive abdominoplasty experience. He examines all of his patients within one to two days after surgery so that in the rare chance there is a complication, it can be diagnosed and addressed appropriately.
Postoperative Care after an Abdominoplasty
Tummy tuck surgery typically takes three hours and is performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. Immediately after surgery, patients are placed in compression garments that must be worn for six weeks to help support and shape the healing tissues. If drains are placed, they are generally removed in the office in seven to ten days when they are putting out less than 30 ml per day. Recovery times vary, but patients are generally able to return to work in one to two weeks, light exercise in three to four weeks, and full exercise in five to six weeks. Antibiotics and pain medicines are prescribed following the surgery.
See Our Patient Results
View our gallery section to see before and after tummy tuck photos performed by Dr. Jaime Perez at the Plastic Surgery Center of Tampa on patients throughout the Tampa Bay area and abroad. We hope to see your before and after tummy tuck pictures in the gallery soon!