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No surgical operation comes without some risks. Even the best doctors in the United Kingdom experience unexpected problems that can result in longer than average recovery times, further injuries or even death. It is important to know the risks associated with a procedure before you go under the knife. Abdominoplasty, more commonly referred to as a “tummy tuck,” is not usually associated with life threatening complications. However there are many cases of botched surgeries that leave patients wishing they had never undergone the procedure in the first place.
A tummy tuck is a quick, surgical way to remove excess fat and skin from the abdominal area. The doctor makes an incision from hip to hip and at the navel. The skin flaps are then opened to expose the abdominal (or rectus) muscles. The surgeon stitches these muscles together to make them tighter, and extra skin is stretched and removed. Sutures are then used to reattach the skin flaps.
Frequent Complications of Abdominoplasty
Tummy tuck patients have experienced a variety of complications during this surgery and while recovering afterwards. The more common problems during the procedure include adverse reactions to anesthesia, and blood clots. Most surgeons will attempt to reduce these risks by turning away patients who are extremely overweight, smokers or suffers of diabetes and high blood pressure. These people tend to have a hard time during the healing process and may experience infections, excessive bleeding, scarring and extreme pain.
It can take a lot of work to even become a candidate for the operation. The surgeon may ask you to quit smoking for about four weeks before a tummy tuck and avoid sun exposure for a while to make sure the healing process goes smoothly. Some people may be confused by the fact that they are required to loose a set amount of weight before the operation. This is because an abdominoplasty is not considered a safe method of weight loss, but more of a way to restructure skin and muscle that have been damaged due to pregnancy, obesity and other factors.
The risks and hard work associated with tummy tucks are enough to turn many people away from the procedure. If you do decide to go ahead with the operation, it is extremely important that you follow your doctor’s rules and advice perfectly. These precautions will not make you 100% safe from all complications, but they can somewhat reduce the chances that something will go wrong during or after surgery. If diet and exercise aren’t yielding the results you had hoped for, make sure you consider every possible option before deciding on abdominoplasty (including non surgical measures). When you’ve made your choice, a skilled, UK surgeon can determine whether or not you are fit enough for your preferred procedure.continue reading