The subject of risks and potential complications of surgery is best discussed on a personal basis between you and Dr. Stewart, or with a staff member in our office.
Some of the potential complications that may be discussed with you include bleeding, infection, and reactions to anesthesia. Tissue loss along portions of the horizontal incision is a possibility when the abdominoplasty is very extensive. This complication, which delays healing and prolongs recovery, is more common in patients who smoke or have medical conditions such as diabetes. Revisionary surgery is sometimes helpful in certain instances where incisions may have healed poorly.
Following surgery, occasionally, fluid may accumulate under the skin. Removal of this serum is a painless process but may require several visits to the office. You can help to lessen certain risks by following the advice and instructions of Dr. Stewart, both before and after surgery.
How Should I Prepare?
Abdominoplasty may be performed on an outpatient basis; however, we prefer you stay overnight for observation. Be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery and to stay with you for at least the next day or two.