Abdominoplasty: What is it? Who Serves? Recommendations, Preparation and Side Effects

Aesthetic surgery of the abdomen that has the option for men or women who were once obese and still have excess deposits of fat or loose skin in the abdomen.

Who should not consider a tummy tuck?

If you are a woman who plans to become pregnant, you may want to postpone the tummy tuck until you finish having children.

During surgery, your vertical muscles become tense and future pregnancies can separate those muscles.


Are you planning to lose a lot of weight? So an Abdominoplasty is not for you. A tummy tuck should be the last resort after you have tried everything else.

It should not be used as an alternative to weight loss. You should also consider the appearance of scars after a tummy tuck.

You can talk about scar placement and length with the doctor before surgery.

How to prepare for tummy tuck surgery

The first step is to choose a surgeon and see him for a consultation. In that meeting, he will talk about his goals and the following options:

Complete abdominoplasty: The surgeon will cut your abdomen and then contour the skin, tissue and muscle as needed.

The surgery will involve moving your belly button and you may need drainage tubes under your skin for a few days.

Partial or mini abdominoplasty : Mini-tummy tucks are often performed on people whose fat deposits are below the navel. During this procedure, the surgeon most likely will not move your navel, and the procedure may take up to two hours, depending on your case.

Common side effects

People who have had an abdominoplasty may experience some common side effects that may persist for a few weeks or even months.

In the days after surgery, pain and swelling are likely to occur.

Numbness and bruising are also common. These symptoms are sometimes severe enough to require analgesics or other prescription medications.

Patients are advised to avoid strenuous activity for six weeks or longer to allow adequate healing, and this prolonged healing process.

It can make some feel fatigued or emotionally drained, according to the Cleveland Clinic.

Slow healing

According to the Cleveland Clinic, some patients may experience inadequate healing. Poor healing can cause significant scars, loss of skin or the need for a second surgery.

Even among those who heal normally, the scars caused by a tummy tuck can be prominent.

In some cases, these scars will fade slightly over time, but they will never disappear completely. Certain topical creams may be prescribed by your surgeon to help reduce these scars.

Bleeding and infection

While it is possible that a small amount of blood and leakage occurs around the site of the wound after a tummy tuck. Bleeding under the skin flap can sometimes become severe and require immediate medical attention to avoid significant blood loss or other complications.

The infection is also possible and, if not treated in a timely manner, the infection can spread throughout the body.

Signs of an infection can include fever, chills, weakness, general malaise (feeling sick) and sweating.

To help reduce the risk of infection, it is important to keep the wound clean by following the surgeon’s instructions to clean the affected area and change your bandages regularly.

If the infection is not treated, the fatty tissue in the area of ​​the wound may die (fat necrosis).

Which leads to skin loss and the possibility of spreading the infection, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Other serious side effects

Although rare, serious side effects can occur as a result of undergoing tummy tuck surgery.

Blood clots may develop in some people, and people who smoke or have pre-existing health conditions such as diabetes or heart, lung or liver disease.

They have an increased risk of developing blood clots. Blood clots that form and remain in a blood vessel can interfere with blood flow to various parts of the body.

If the clot breaks off and travels to the brain, heart or lungs, it can cause a stroke, heart attack or sudden death.

It is noted that other serious side effects that may occur include fluid accumulation in the extremities or abdomen, persistent swelling in the legs.

It also damages nerves and aesthetic side effects such as skin discoloration and prolonged swelling around the wound, recurrent loosening of skin and asymmetries and irregularities of the skin in the abdominal region.