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Tummy Tucks: More Likely to Lead to Complications

Friday, November 13th, 2015

According to a new study, those who have undergone tummy tucks may be at a higher risk of major complications than those who have undergone other cosmetic surgeries. Abdominoplasty, the medical term for tummy tucks, is a procedure used to remove excess tissue and skin in the abdominal area.

Researchers in the study found out that 4 percent of the 25, 000 people they looked at suffered major complications after they underwent tummy tucks. This is higher than the  average 1.4 percent of other cosmetic surgery procedures.

According to study author Dr. Julian Winocour, a resident of plastic surgery in Nashville’s Vanderbilt University, “Like any other surgery, abdominoplasty carries a risk of major complications. We would advise patients to be aware that major complications … occur more frequently after abdominoplasty.”

Complications could range from blood clots, infections to something severe as lung problems or blood pooling outside of the blood vessels. All these can affect the overall health and the cosmetic result of the surgery.

The risk of complication also becomes higher when tummy tuck is coupled with other plastic surgery procedures. The rate of major complications after a tummy tuck procedure is higher in men, people who are obese and those aged 55 or older, the researchers found out.

According to statistics by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, tummy tuck is said to be the sixth most performed cosmetic surgery procedure in the US. Patients who have undergone the surgery “were more likely to be overweight, have diabetes or undergo combined procedures,” the researchers said.

Winocour said that this high risk of complications may be due to many factors. Factors such as the duration of the procedure and the region affected by the surgery for the abdomen is a vital part and encompasses many internal organs.

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