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Tummy Tuck Side Effects By Vishnu Rumalla on September 27, 2020

woman holding compress over tummy tuck scarIndividuals who want to eliminate excess, sagging skin from the midsection can benefit from a tummy tuck at Tarrant Plastic Surgery in Fort Worth, TX. Like any surgical procedure, a tummy tuck can be accompanied by postoperative side effects. Some of these are temporary and expected, while others may indicate a more serious issue.

In this informative article, Dr. Vishnu Rumalla discusses tummy tuck side effects. We will also offer some recommendations on how to foster a safe, successful, and comfortable recovery.

Tummy Tuck Surgery: A Brief Overview

A tummy tuck can smooth and tighten the abdomen as well as eliminate excess tissue. To accomplish this, incisions are created along the lower abdomen, from hip bone to hip bone. A circular incision is also made around the navel. This allows Dr. Rumalla to access the underlying muscular structure. Once the abdominal muscles are tightened, the skin is smoothed and stretched and excess tissue is removed. When the desired effects have been achieved, the incisions are closed using surgical glue or tape.

Normal Side Effects

Due to the nature of a tummy tuck procedure, patients should expect a few side effects. These are temporary and can be mitigated by following your surgeon’s recovery guidelines. The most common tummy tuck side effects include:

  • Discomfort
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Fatigue

Taking medications as prescribed and getting plenty of rest can help alleviate these side effects. Swelling and bruising typically peak a few days after the procedure and diminish over time.

Serious Side Effects and Complications

Any time you undergo surgery, there is a risk for postoperative complications. These may include:

  • Seroma: Excess fluid can accumulate after surgery. This can usually be addressed with surgical drains, but in some cases, Dr. Rumalla may need to remove the fluid with a syringe.
  • Dark scarring: Dr. Rumalla uses advanced techniques to minimize scarring. However, excess sun exposure, poor postoperative skincare, and other factors can contribute to darker, thicker scars.
  • Infection: Prolonged redness or drainage around the incisions could indicate infection. If you notice this, it is important to call your surgeon right away.
  • Tissue damage: It is possible for some of the abdominal tissue to become damaged. This is typically due to healing problems. Depending on the extent of the issue, surgical intervention may be necessary.

Tips for a Successful Recovery

Following your tummy tuck procedure, you will be provided with detailed postoperative guidelines. These instructions should be followed closely to foster healing and recovery. Here are a few general guidelines from our Fort Worth, TX, team:

  • Take all medications exactly as directed by Dr. Rumalla.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Walk around as soon as you can to prevent blood clots.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise until you are cleared by your surgeon.

Contact Us for More Information

Understanding tummy tuck side effects is an essential aspect of your treatment process. To learn more about the procedure or any of the other services we offer at our Fort Worth, TX, practice, contact us online or call our office at (817) 741-6801.

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Dr. Vishnu Rumalla

Tarrant Plastic Surgery

Dr. Vishnu Rumalla is a board-certified plastic surgeon serving patients throughout the Greater Fort Worth area. He is affiliated with several professional organizations, including the:

  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • American Board of Surgery

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