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The Most Common Abdominoplasty Complications

Abdominoplasty Complications | Abdominoplasty Procedure 

While complications are something that could really happen during and after the surgery, abdominoplasty complications is normally will not go too serious. However, it does not mean that patients can just ignore the surgeon’s guidelines because dangerous complications can still happen. Below are some indications that your abdominoplasty operation has developed complications.

  1. Sensitivity and Pain – It’s normal that after surgery, the patient will feel pain. However, if the patient feels that the pain is way beyond what is normal, it is best to call the doctor’s attention for a check-up. Also, sensitivity in the incision sites is normal and could last for numerous weeks.
  2. Swelling – Normally, patients would suffer from swelling after the surgery and this condition may last up to six weeks. In the case of women, the area that might swell is the labia while in men’s side, it will be the scrotum.
  3. Bruising – One of the most common abdominoplasty complications is bruising. It can appear on the abdominal area. In some instance, the bruises would extend on the surrounding skin and may get even worst when bleeding is present.
  4. Bleeding – Hematoma can potentially arise after the surgery. Normally, the doctor would use drains to support proper healing; however, there are some patients who bleed too much. In this case, blood transfusion is necessary.
  5. Seroma – It stem from the serum that is secreted underneath the skin. When the serum accumulates heavily, another surgery to expel the fluids is required.
  6. Fat necrosis – After the operation, the blood supply for the residual skin and fats can be damaged. This condition may result to necrosis of fatty cells that can become melted and then hardened. Sometimes, infection can occur.
  7. Infection – This can go serious if taken for granted, this is because if bleeding is serious the infection will likely to develop into hematoma.
  8. Formation of thick scar – Patients who are naturally prone to heavy scars may likely to obtain thick scars that won’t disappear.
  9. Umbilical reaction – If the umbilicus is repositioned during the operation, there is a possibility that the blood supply get damaged. In the event that all scars disappear the navel may not rest precisely in the midline.
  10. Numbness – It is normal after the surgery and it may possibly last for several months.
  11. Abnormal effects of sutures – Sometimes when the stitches that is being used are permanent or dissolves slower, there is a possibility that the body would react to it unruly.
  12. Skin loss – Because blood supply can be damaged after the surgery, the skin may die. This condition can be treated by skin grafting.
  13. Wound dehiscence – Normally, a scar doesn’t heal quickly, hence, there is a possibility that the wound may split. In this case, the scar would get heavier and the recovery becomes lengthier.
  14. Life threatening complications – Abdominoplasty complications don’t usually go serious but since it is a complex operation major risk can occur such as lung problems, blood clots, pulmonary embolus and worst it may cause death. 

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