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The Side Effects of Tummy Tuck Surgery

Posted August 24, 2013 in Body Contouring, Side Effects, Tummy Tuck

model at beach in yellow bikiniWhen it comes to providing patients with excellent figures and great curves, there are plenty of ways that this can be achieved. When you visit one of our plastic surgery centers for a consultation, you may find that undergoing a tummy tuck is the ideal option for you and your needs.

About Tummy Tuck Surgery

Also referred to as abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck is a body contouring surgery that involves the removal of excess skin from the lower abdominal area. You see, when a person loses a lot of weight, all of the skin on their body will not necessarily shrink back around the slimmer frame. This can result in loose skin, drooping skin, and stretch marks.

The only way that these issues with body contour can be addressed effectively is tummy tuck surgery. Using incisions along the lower abdominal area, excess skin will be removed, underlying structures will be adjusted, and the remaining skin will be tightened.

Are side effects common after tummy tuck?

Yes, there are side effects after tummy tuck surgery, but this is the body’s natural response to any kind of surgery. Side effects are simply a sign of your body’s recovery. While some side effects may be uncomfortable and off-putting, they are only temporary.

What to Expect While Recovering from Tummy Tuck

Some of the most common side effects experienced after tummy tuck surgery include:

  • Discomfort
  • Grogginess
  • Bruising
  • Swelling

The above side effects are also experienced by patients who undergo other kinds of body contouring surgeries.

How long will these side effects last?

In general, these side effects will be their most noticeable in the first few days after surgery, gradually diminishing with time. The side effects should no longer be a major issue after a few weeks as patients are healing better.

Managing These Tummy Tuck Side Effects

You will receive detailed instructions from our cosmetic surgery center for post-operative tummy tuck care. Be sure to follow them to the letter.

In general, discomfort after tummy tuck surgery can be addressed using the recommended pain medications. Bruising and swelling should be tolerable, with the latter addressed through the use of a compression garment that will be worn as patients recover.

While rest is important, patients are asked to walk around their home when they are able. A little bit of light walking can improve circulation and help with the healing process, reducing the severity and duration of these side effects.

Keep in Contact with Your Surgeon

As you recovery from tummy tuck surgery, it’s important that you stay in contact with your surgeon. This will allow you to report any serious pain or potential issues as you heal. By catching complications early, patients can receive the care that they need when it is the most crucial.

Learn More About Tummy Tuck Surgery

If you would like to learn more about tummy tuck surgery and your many other options for advanced aesthetic enhancement, be sure to contact our San Francisco Bay Area plastic surgery centers today. Our entire team looks forward to meeting you in person and discussing these matters in greater detail.

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