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What are the risks involved with a tummy tuck?

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery

The risks involved with tummy tucking include both early as well as later complications. Most common early complications from an abdominoplasty or tummy tuck are bleeding followed by infection. Other risks may include skin death, fat death (necrosis) or deep venous thrombosis, clotting in the legs leading to a pulmonary embolus. Pulmonary emboli can be fatal if not diagnosed and treated immediately. Seromas can also occur with collection of serous fluid underneath the abdominal wall flap as well as dehiscence of the incisions with wound infections requiring dressing changes or secondary wound closures. Later risks usually are associated with scarring both around the belly button or umbilicus as well as around the lower C-section line extending hip to hip. These scars can include hypertrophic scarring, keloids, hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation and wide spread scarring.

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