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The Most Common Side Effects of Tummy Tuck Surgery

By Peter Fisher, MD on September 19, 2016


A patient showing off her trimmer contours after tummy tuck surgeryPlastic surgery has come a long way just in the last ten to fifteen years. Techniques have become so minimally invasive that major procedures such as tummy tuck surgery, clinically known as abdominoplasty, are now safer and less traumatic than ever. Patients can generally look forward to faster, more comfortable healing times with results that are longer lasting and more aesthetically appealing. The risk of serious complications is lower, and the degree to which the procedure can be customized to the needs of individual patients has increased dramatically. It is little wonder that tummy tuck surgery remains one of the most popular procedures in elective medicine.

It is important to note, however, that every surgical procedure has side effects, and tummy tuck surgery is no exception. While an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon such as Peter Fisher, M.D., will do everything in his power to minimize these side effects, patients will nevertheless experience some, most, or all of them to varying degrees. Fortunately, these side effects are temporary and mostly mild. Still, Dr. Fisher details these tummy tuck side effects to patients during consultations at his San Antonio, TX plastic surgery practice so that they know exactly what to expect before committing to surgery.

If you are interested in learning more about tummy tuck surgery or its side effects, we encourage you to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Peter Fisher at San Antonio Plastic Surgery Center today.

What Are the Most Common Side Effects of Tummy Tuck Surgery?

Most of the following side effects of tummy tuck surgery are temporary and will subside in the days and weeks after your surgery. To ensure the quickest, most comfortable recovery period possible, it is important that you follow all of the post-surgical instructions with which Dr. Fisher provides you to the absolute letter.

The most common side effects of tummy tuck surgery include:

  • Post-operative pain: While it would be easy to use a euphemism such as “discomfort” here, the truth is that most patients experience some degree of pain after their tummy tuck surgery. This is why Dr. Fisher prescribes pain medication prior to the surgical appointment. It is a good idea to pick up this prescription before your appointment so that you can have your medication on hand when you get home after your surgery. This medication should help to control your pain and keep it manageable.
  • Swelling: Swelling of the abdomen is inevitable after surgery. It can be minimized by wearing the compression garment or binder recommended by Dr. Fisher. As soon as you are able, you will be encouraged to do some light walking, which will help the swelling to go down.
  • Bruising: Bruising is a common side effect of tummy tuck surgery. It usually subsides within two to three weeks of surgery, especially as the patient increases his or her light walking regimen.
  • Scarring: Some visible scarring is one of the rare permanent side effects of tummy tuck surgery. However, this scarring will become lighter over time, especially if you follow Dr. Fisher’s post-surgical instructions diligently.

Learn More about Tummy Tuck Side Effects

To learn more about tummy tuck side effects, please contact San Antonio Plastic Surgery Center today.

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