Tummy Tuck Side Effects: What You Should Know
If you are self conscious about sagging or loose skin around the abdomen, a tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, could be the solution. Before undergoing any procedure, it is important to understand the treatment as well as any potential side effects.
Here, our Darien, CT team discusses tummy tuck side effects and explores the natural healing process so patients can know what to expect.
Abdominoplasty: A Brief Overview
A tummy tuck is not a weight loss procedure. Rather, it is indicated whenever patients cannot tighten the abdominal muscles or shed stubborn fat through diet and exercise. Oftentimes, patients who have experienced a significant amount of weight loss can benefit from this procedure, as a tummy tuck can effectively remove sagging, excess skin. During an abdominoplasty, Dr. Anya Kishinevsky will excise excess skin and fat, and tighten the muscles of the abdomen for a fit, streamlined appearance.
Normal Side Effects during Healing and Recovery
Because a tummy tuck is considered a major surgical procedure, patients who undergo this treatment can expect an extensive recovery. However, closely following Dr. Kishinevsky’s post-operative guidelines can help individuals enjoy a successful and speedy healing period.
There are temporary side effects that are considered normal during your recovery period. We will discuss these in greater detail in the sections below.
Swelling and Inflammation
Every patient who undergoes an abdominoplasty will experience some degree of swelling. The severity will depend on the technique used during your procedure and your body’s own healing capacity.
Generally, a compression garment will be worn to help mitigate swelling. Light, gentle exercises can also be beneficial for increasing circulation and enhancing healing.
Discomfort and Tenderness
Of course, discomfort is an unfortunate part of any surgery. However, by following the pain-relief regimen set forth by your doctor, you can successfully manage post-operative tenderness.
In addition to discomfort and swelling, post-operative bruising is likely as well. However, this should diminish within two weeks after your abdominoplasty procedure.
As aforementioned, an abdominoplasty is a major surgery. The scars from your procedure will fade with time; however, they will never disappear completely.
Keep in mind that all of these side effects are simply normal aspects of the healing process. Swelling, bruising, and discomfort should not be a cause for concern. Dr. Kishinevsky can offer her guidance during recovery so you can be as comfortable as possible.
When to Call Your Doctor
In addition to the regular side effects following a tummy tuck, there are a few complications of which to be mindful. For example, if post-treatment pain does not diminish within six weeks of surgery, alert your doctor.
Other serious complications could include infection or blood clots. If you suspect any of these scenarios, it is important to call your doctor immediately for further instructions.
Patients who have diabetes; poor circulation; or heart, liver, or lung disease are more susceptible to post-operative complications. Therefore, it is important to discuss your health history in detail during your initial consultation so Dr. Kishinevsky can determine if there are any contraindications to treatment.
Learn More about Tummy Tuck Side Effects
If you are considering a tummy tuck, or if you have already undergone the procedure, being prepared for recovery can have a significant positive impact on your overall experience. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation at our practice, contact us online or call us at one of our two office locations.