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What are the risks or potential complications of getting a tummy tuck?
22 doctors weighed in

Dr. Tom Pousti
Surgery - Plastics
6 doctors agree
In brief: Seek Consultation
The majority of complications that may occur with tummy tuck surgery occur within the first 2 weeks.
These may include deep venous thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, pneumonia, infection, bleeding, and even death. Other types of complications such as superficial incision line healing problems ( wound healing problems) may occur during the first 2 months after the procedure is performed.

In brief: Seek Consultation
The majority of complications that may occur with tummy tuck surgery occur within the first 2 weeks.
These may include deep venous thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, pneumonia, infection, bleeding, and even death. Other types of complications such as superficial incision line healing problems ( wound healing problems) may occur during the first 2 months after the procedure is performed.
Dr. Tom Pousti
Dr. Tom Pousti
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Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
Surgery - Plastics
6 doctors agree
In brief: Several but rare
As with all surgeries, there are risks for bleeding, infection, and blood clots.
These are very uncommon. More common are small fluid collections (seroma) or minor issues with the scar.

In brief: Several but rare
As with all surgeries, there are risks for bleeding, infection, and blood clots.
These are very uncommon. More common are small fluid collections (seroma) or minor issues with the scar.
Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
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Dr. Eric Chang
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Like any surgery
Like any surgery, a tummy tuck has risks.
Blood loss, infection, hematoma (blood clot under the skin) and seroma (fluid collection under the skin) are probably the most common risks. There is a risk of DVT (deep venous thrombosis) as well that should be discussed with your physician.

In brief: Like any surgery
Like any surgery, a tummy tuck has risks.
Blood loss, infection, hematoma (blood clot under the skin) and seroma (fluid collection under the skin) are probably the most common risks. There is a risk of DVT (deep venous thrombosis) as well that should be discussed with your physician.
Dr. Eric Chang
Dr. Eric Chang
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Dr. Timothy King
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Depends
The risks of any surgery depend on your overall health.
If you are healthy the risks include, but are not limited to, bleeding, infection, poor scarring, partial skin loss, a blood clot in your leg which could travel to your lungs, & even death. As it is very important to understand the risks, i recommend talking to a board certified plastic surgeon to understand what your individual risks are.

In brief: Depends
The risks of any surgery depend on your overall health.
If you are healthy the risks include, but are not limited to, bleeding, infection, poor scarring, partial skin loss, a blood clot in your leg which could travel to your lungs, & even death. As it is very important to understand the risks, i recommend talking to a board certified plastic surgeon to understand what your individual risks are.
Dr. Timothy King
Dr. Timothy King
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Dr. Ricardo Rodriguez
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Tummy Tuck Risks
Post-op tummy tuck complications can be subdivided into a few major classifications: Infection, Wound Separation, and Fluid Collections (Hematoma and Seromas).
Overall, a tummy tuck is very safe, but be aware of the risks and follow your plastic surgeon's pre-op and post-op instructions carefully.

In brief: Tummy Tuck Risks
Post-op tummy tuck complications can be subdivided into a few major classifications: Infection, Wound Separation, and Fluid Collections (Hematoma and Seromas).
Overall, a tummy tuck is very safe, but be aware of the risks and follow your plastic surgeon's pre-op and post-op instructions carefully.
Dr. Ricardo Rodriguez
Dr. Ricardo Rodriguez
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Dr. Thomas Fiala
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Surgical risks
Like any major surgery, there are risks or negatives to a tummy tuck.
These include: scar, bleeding, infection, wound healing problems, numbness and blood clots. Your surgeon should discuss these with you, and determine if you at higher-than-usual risk for any of these problems, before you have your operation. Good luck!

In brief: Surgical risks
Like any major surgery, there are risks or negatives to a tummy tuck.
These include: scar, bleeding, infection, wound healing problems, numbness and blood clots. Your surgeon should discuss these with you, and determine if you at higher-than-usual risk for any of these problems, before you have your operation. Good luck!
Dr. Thomas Fiala
Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Dr. Daniel Careaga
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Long list
As with any surgical procedure, there is a long list of potential complications that can arise.
Make sure you discuss the common ones and the more severe ones with your surgeon. More common ones include seroma (fluid under the skin), wound healing issues, and contour irregularities. More serious ones include blood clots and infections.

In brief: Long list
As with any surgical procedure, there is a long list of potential complications that can arise.
Make sure you discuss the common ones and the more severe ones with your surgeon. More common ones include seroma (fluid under the skin), wound healing issues, and contour irregularities. More serious ones include blood clots and infections.
Dr. Daniel Careaga
Dr. Daniel Careaga
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Dr. Richard Baxter
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Few
Your plastic surgeon will go over the important risks of the surgery.
In general, risks of complications with tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) are higher if you are overweight, smoke, or have medical conditions such as diabetes. Use of hormones such as birth control pills may increase the chances of a rare but serious complication called thromboembolism.

In brief: Few
Your plastic surgeon will go over the important risks of the surgery.
In general, risks of complications with tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) are higher if you are overweight, smoke, or have medical conditions such as diabetes. Use of hormones such as birth control pills may increase the chances of a rare but serious complication called thromboembolism.
Dr. Richard Baxter
Dr. Richard Baxter
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