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What are the risks of an abdominoplasty?

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery

The first two most common risk of abdominoplasty surgery are bleeding and infection. Bleeding is the most common risk after any surgical procedure. Infection may occur in approximately 1% of post-abdominoplasty patients. Other risks include deep venous thrombus, pulmonary embolus, skin necrosis, fat atrophy, loss of the umbilicus, severe scarring (keloids, hypertrophic, widespread, hyper/hypo-pigmentation), sensory nerve loss, recurrent diastasis (spreading of the inner muscles), and seromas (fluid collections requiring further drainage).

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