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Tummy Tuck Surgery Risks

Plastic Surgery

March 23, 2021 | 3 minute read

Tummy Tuck

The best type of cosmetic surgery patients are the ones that are fully informed about its pros and cons. They are usually satisfied and the happiest with the results of the tummy tuck procedure. They carefully understand the procedure and have a good idea of what to expect.

Candidates of tummy tuck procedure should evaluate the risks is part of their pre-surgery research process. Complications involved in a tummy tuck surgery are usually minimal. However, it is still important for patients to consider all possibilities, including unfavorable results.

You can decrease the risk of unfavorable outcome and complications by having your cosmetic surgery performed by an experienced and qualified cosmetic surgeon. You must also make it a point to follow all pre- and post-operative guidelines. Potential complications can be foreseen by experienced cosmetic surgeons. They can take steps to reduce the possibility of these complications.

At your initial consultation, feel free to ask your surgeon about whether full or partial tummy tuck surgery is appropriate for you, considering your health and personal cosmetic goals. Envy Aesthetic Center, led by board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Marco Gonzalez, provides abdominoplasty to patients in El Paso, TX, and surrounding locations.

Common Risks Involved in Tummy Tuck Surgery

These are a few risks involved in tummy tuck plastic surgery procedure:

Bad Reaction to Anesthesia

Abdominoplasty surgeries are performed under general anesthesia, which is considered slightly riskier as compared to local anesthesia. Sometimes, an unexpected or unpleasant reaction may be caused. However, qualified anesthesiologists are trained to identify any evolving problem and take the right steps before the problem can escalate into something worse.

Blood Clots

Blood clots are the body’s natural response to controlling blood loss after an injury. However, these can be dangerous in a surgery depending on their location. Blood clots inside blood vessels can complicate blood circulation. Results can be deadly if the blood clot travels to your brain, lungs, or heart.


Tummy tuck patients are at an increased risk of developing an infection following the surgery. It takes a clean and sterile operating room to lower the risk of contracting an infection post-surgery. Surgical wound needs to be properly cared for as well and kept clean.

Tummy Tuck Drains

Most patients require drains after the surgery to decrease the risk of fluid collecting between the skin flap and muscle layer or seroma formation. This can result in an infection. Drains help in lowering the risk of infections.

Delayed Healing

After tummy tuck cosmetic surgery, each patient will heal at own pace. However, young patients that are in good physical condition tend to heal faster than less fit or older patients. Bruising, tenderness, swelling, and pain usually subside in 4 – 6 weeks. Patients that experience significant discomfort after 6 weeks are typically considered to have delayed healing.

Tummy Tuck Surgery Has Low Complication Rate

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) in 2010 conducted an extensive survey involving 3,681 abdominoplasties. The surgeries only had a complication rate of 4.7%. Chances of complications are further reduced when you get the procedure performed by an experienced cosmetic surgeon. Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Marco Gonzalez receives patients from El Paso, TX, and nearby areas for abdominoplasty.

Contact El Paso, TX Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Marco A. Gonzalez

For more information on Plastic Surgery (cirugía plástica) and Non-Surgical Medical Spa procedures and treatments, please contact the offices of Board Certified Plastic Surgeon (cirujano plástico), Dr. Marco A. Gonzalez (Dr. G) by clicking here or calling 915-600-2639.

Serving patients in El Paso Texas, Las Cruces New Mexico, Ciudad Juárez Mexico and surrounding areas.

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