Tummy Tuck Complications (and How We Guard Against Them)

Dr. Wayne Yamahata

No surgery comes completely free of risks—tummy tuck is certainly no exception. It’s my job as a board-certified plastic surgeon to be open and honest with my tummy tuck patients in Sacramento and Granite Bay about all aspects of surgery, including the ones that may be a bit scary. I want my patients to have a clear idea of the possible complications related to tummy tuck, as well as the steps my staff and I take to ensure each patient is safe and satisfied. Safety is absolutely paramount.

Today Plastic Surgery Is Extremely Safe

Generally speaking, today’s plastic surgery, especially when it’s performed by a qualified physician in an accredited operating facility, is already extremely safe. Serious complications arise in only a small fraction of cases. When present, complications are typically related to bleeding irregularities. Infection is also possible, as is an accumulation of fluid or a temporary or permanent loss of sensation around the incision.

Special Care After Surgery Is Important

If  complications do occur, they typically usually arise within the first 2 weeks after surgery. The following best practices help us mitigate this possibility:

  • I stay in close contact with each patient in the initial days and weeks following surgery. My staff and I regularly call patients to ensure they’re healing well and to answer any questions or address any concerns that may come up.
  • Patients are also scheduled for follow-up visits at regular intervals so I can to personally evaluate the incision and the healing process to spot any potential for problems before they arise.
  • I rely on surgical drains to reduce fluid accumulation and keep patients comfortable as they heal. (Learn more about tummy tuck drains in this separate post.)

The Risks Are Low

It’s important to note that complications occur in fewer than 5% of patients, so the chance of anything significant occurring after your surgery is remote. However, I value transparency throughout the surgical process, and that means making sure you are fully informed before going into elective surgery. That said, the evidence supports the conclusion that you shouldn’t let the potential risks hold you back from a transformative outcome.

To see examples of the difference tummy tuck surgery can make, browse our before-and-after gallery of tummy tuck patients. If you would like to learn more about tummy tuck surgery in Sacramento or Granite Bay, CA, request a consultation online or call (916) 929-1833.

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