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At CE we love to answer your questions. We know that surgery is a lifelong decision that should only be considered once you have done your research. If you’re at the start of your research journey, why not get in touch with one of our senior consultants today! 

What are the risks of getting a Tummy Tuck? 

Like any other surgical procedure, a tummy tuck does carry some risks, which can be minimised when you choose an accredited hospital for your procedure. The best way to understand the risks is to divide them into the categories of having a general anaesthetic, complications during the procedure and complications during your recovery time. 

The side effects of getting a tummy tuck are minimal, but it is your doctor’s duty to inform you about all the possible risks. At CE, we will always make sure that you are well informed on what to expect from your procedure as well as the outcome. In this blog, we will inform you about all the possible risks to give you as much information as possible when considering a tummy tuck.  

Risks of having a general anaesthetic

For small procedures, local anaesthesia is often enough. But for a bigger surgery like a tummy tuck, general anaesthesia is necessary. All patients at Cosmetic Evolution will be treated by a special anaesthetist to ensure that you are as comfortable and safe as possible during your surgery and waking up. However, it’s important to know that there are always some risks that accompany general anaesthesia.

  • Awareness 
  • Allergies
  • Clots in the legs (DVT) which can move to the lungs
  • Areas of lung collapse and pneumonia
  • Death (risks in Australia is about one in a million) 

Things that can go wrong in the operation 

It is not common, but it’s important to be aware that there are always some risks with any surgical procedure. Your surgeon will be highly skilled and you are always in good hands when undergoing any surgery with Cosmetic Evolution. The factors that can go wrong during your tummy tuck surgery are: 

  • Bleeding
  • Damage to surrounding structures

Things that might happen in the first few weeks

The human body’s ability to heal is truly amazing, but there are some possible complications that could take place during the healing process. Although these complications are uncommon, if you do experience any of these you will be asked to come back to the clinic so that your surgeon can find the most effective treatment for the complication. 

  • Delayed healing 
  • Irritation from dressings
  • Firmness
  • Collections of fluid or blood within your abdomen
  • Changes to the sensation around the breast or nipple 

Possible long term complications

The final result of your surgical procedure can never be predicted to the exact level, but your experienced surgeon will be to know how to get you to the desired result. Most of our patients at Cosmetic Evolution are very happy with their tummy tuck results and find that they recover well with the support from their doctor. There are however some possible complications with the final results that you should be informed about. 

  • Asymmetry 
  • Skin colour irregularities 
  • Change in size and shape with age and weight fluctuations 
  • Poor scarring

Weighing the risks and benefits of having a tummy tuck

During your consultation, your surgeon at Cosmetic Evolution will explain all the risks of undergoing the procedure, and what he or she will do to avoid and/or treat these complications. Your surgeon will always take your body type, general health and desired outcome into consideration when considering your individual procedure – which will minimize the described risks and complications. If you have any questions about the side effects of Tummy tuck given in this blog, you are always welcome to contact us and we will happily explain further.    

If you’d like to learn more about about the tummy tuck procedure, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. We love answering your questions.


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