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what are the dangers/side effects of tummy tucks (witch hazel)?

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Dr. Francisco Agullo
Plastic Surgery 20 years experience
Safe procedure: A tummy tuck is generally considered a safe procedure in a healthy patient. Complications include bleeding, infection, bruising, swelling, and delayed wound healing. Severe complications are rare.
Dr. Jason Lichten
Plastic Surgery 23 years experience
Always risks: Any surgical procedure carries risks, and tummy tuck is no exception. Most commonly we talk about bleeding, infection, scarring and blood clots. The things you can do to minimize your risk is to see a board certified plastic surgeon, be honest about your medical history and expectations, and optimize your health and weight before surgery.
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Many.: Some of the many risk/potential complications associated with tummy tuck surgery include: infection, bleeding, abnormal scarring, wound healing problems, asymmetry, tissue necrosis, intra-abdominal injury, deep venous thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, and even death. Careful selection of plastic surgeon, anesthesia provider, and surgical facility all very important.

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