What are the potential risks of an abdominoplasty?

An abdominoplasty is a popular cosmetic surgery choice amongst two particular groups: people who have lost a significant amount of weight, often through weight-loss surgery, and women after pregnancy. However, while it is a regularly performed procedure – 2,713 tummy tucks were carried out in the UK in 2014 – it remains an invasive procedure and it is important that anyone considering this type of surgery understands what is involved. To this end, Milton Keynes-based consultant plastic surgeon Mr Sudip Ghosh talks each patient through the operation in detail, outlining the potential risks and complications, and encourages them to ask many questions before making any decisions.

What could go wrong?

Any surgery carries a general risk of infection, bleeding, bruising, swelling and pain. However, in the care of a qualified and experienced medical team, these risks can be ably managed and, should complications arise, swift action can be taken. There are three main risks that are specific to abdominoplasty procedures: 1) the action of standing up straight pulls on your tummy so this may initially be a challenge – but only a temporary one; 2) you may experience some localised numbness for the first few weeks; 3) further surgery may be required to improve the aesthetics of your scars if they do not heal cleanly.

What can I do to reduce these risks?

After an abdominoplasty, Mr Ghosh sends his Milton Keynes cosmetic surgery patients home with comprehensive aftercare instructions including guidance on wound care and movements to be avoided. He also advises his patients to wear a support garment to optimise both healing and the aesthetic results. Following these instructions will help you minimise the side effects. Finally, choosing a surgeon who has the experience and skill to produce the finest scars, and whose professionalism you trust to see you smoothly through the process, will help make it a positive and rewarding experience.

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