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What are the potential risks of abdominoplasty?
All invasive surgical procedures carry risks and will be discussed during your consultation. Potential risks associated with an abdominoplasty can include:
- Bleeding or infection
- Fluid accumulation in the surgical site
- Altered sensation in the abdomen
- Scarring. This is inevitable with any surgical procedure
- Possibility of revisional surgery
Frequently Asked Questions
A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, is a procedure designed to tighten and contour the abdominal area. Ideal candidates for a tummy tuck typically have:
- Reached a stable weight and are no longer significantly losing or gaining weight.
- Good overall health and are non-smokers.
- Completed their family planning and do not plan on having any further pregnancies.
- Stretched or loose abdominal skin due to aging, weight loss, or pregnancy.
The best way to determine if you are a suitable candidate for a tummy tuck is to schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon. They will evaluate your individual needs and provide personalised advice on whether a tummy tuck is a right procedure for you.
In general, an ideal candidate for the procedure is an individual, regardless of gender, who is in good physical condition, does not smoke, has a body weight within 20% of their ideal weight, and desires the removal of excess fat deposits, loose abdominal muscles, and loose skin.
Preparing for surgery requires careful consideration and planning to ensure the best possible outcome. Several essential steps should be taken before undergoing any surgical procedure. Firstly, it is important to prioritise physical fitness and strive for optimal health in the lead-up to surgery. This will help facilitate a smoother recovery process and reduce the risk of complications. Additionally, achieving one’s ideal weight prior to surgery is highly recommended, as it can further improve the chances of a successful outcome. It is also vital to discuss any medications with the surgeon beforehand, as some may need to be stopped prior to the operation. Finally, quitting smoking at least two weeks before surgery is strongly advised to minimise the risk of complications and improve overall health. By taking these important steps, patients can help ensure a safe and successful surgical experience.
Indeed, this is a significant surgical procedure that will necessitate several weeks of recovery time. Therefore, it is advisable to anticipate taking at least a few weeks off from work and prioritise ample rest during this period.
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If you are looking to achieve a particular result or restore your appearance, Dr Sally Ng in Melbourne offers various aesthetic and reconstructive surgical procedures to help you.
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