We know what a tummy tuck does, and how it’s the only real solution for body shapes that have undergone the ravages of pregnancy and extreme weight loss. We also know that they can provide a massive boost to a person’s confidence, mainly because our clients have told us as much. And we’re fully aware that as well as making us look good on the outside, a tummy tuck can do a lot of good on the inside too, restoring the position of the stomach muscles and nipping a lot of potential abdominal problems in the bud.
But it also needs to be stressed that the level of work involved in an abdominoplasty procedure, both for the surgeon and the client, is high. This is no walk-in-walk-out job: a typical tummy tuck involves a long incision, the trimming off of excess skin, the possible removal of fat, the possible moving of the stomach muscles back to their original place, and a lot of suturing.
Consequently, the recovery time is long by aesthetic surgery standards: there will be up to two weeks where you will be expected to rest completely, and it can be up to two months before you’re fully back to normal. And during this time, you’ll discover just how much your stomach area is utilised during your day-to-day routine. Talk to any of our clients and they’ll tell you that after all that, a tummy tuck is still worth it, but we can’t stress this enough: you can’t walk into this procedure blind.
The obvious next question is how safe the procedure actually is. There’s always a risk in any surgical procedure, and the more complicated the procedure, the greater the risk – but the combination of a skilled, professional surgeon and a fully-informed and aware client is the best defence against any complications before and after a procedure. Let’s answer some basic questions:
Is tummy tuck surgery dangerous?
Like all cosmetic surgery, it’s a safe procedure as long as it’s conducted by trained professionals under clinical conditions. However, because a tummy tuck is usually a multiple procedure – incisions plus fat removal plus muscle-tightening – the risk of complication is multiplied. It can’t be denied that the risk of a complication during and after an abdominoplasty procedure is higher when compared to other aesthetic surgery procedures, but if the surgeon and the client observe the correct guidelines, the risk is extremely low.
What could go wrong during tummy tuck surgery?
The biggest risks include:
- wound healing problems
- post-op fluid collections
- blood clots in the legs (deep vein thrombosis (DVT))
- clots being thrown to the lungs (pulmonary embolism)
Again, it needs to be stressed that all these risks are part and parcel of a typical surgical procedure, and great steps are always taken by the clinic to avoid them. You will be fully instructed about the procedures you will need to take before and after surgery to make sure they don’t happen.
What can I do to avoid tummy tuck complications?
If you are in good shape, reasonable health, have standard blood pressure and a non-smoker (or have given up smoking four weeks before the procedure), the risk of complications is very low. We will review your health history, and expect you to be completely honest about your health history. In certain circumstances, you will be advised to visit your GP and get an all-clear from them.
In short, every surgical procedure involves an element of risk, and – like all body procedures – a tummy tuck is more intrusive than other work we do. But we already know that clients who follow the rules are set to come through the procedure with flying colours.