Because of the risk of possible blood clots deep in the legs that can spread to the lungs or partial lung collapse, it is important for patients to begin movement promptly after surgery even if it is uncomfortable.
Because of the extent of the surgery, there are risks involved that can result in serious complications. Infection or collections of blood or fluid in the wound may delay recovery and could result in skin loss, fat necrosis or scarring. These could lead to the need for additional corrective surgery.
The abdominal wall is stretched during surgery and the blood supply to the skin may be compromised or damaged. This may lead to loss of skin. If this happens a skin graft may be needed if the wound does not heal. Wound problems are much more likely with patients who smoke. Therefore, we require patients who use tobacco products to completely quit for a minimum of four-to-six weeks before and after tummy tuck surgery.