Tummy Tuck Risks and Complications

Potential Risks and Complications with Abdominoplasty

Wound Healing Problems

Portions of the incision line may demonstrate delayed healing, requiring dressing changes.


Differences between the two sides of the abdomen may necessitate further surgery.


Fluid collection may require prolonged drainage or aspiration.


Rare and usually treatable with antibiotics.


Rare but may require surgical intervention.

Loss of Umbilical Blood Supply

Very rare and may require revisionary surgery.

Deep Venous-Thrombosis/ Pulmonary Embolism

Blood clots that form in the legs that may travel to the lungs causing difficulty with respiration and requiring hospitalization. Prevention is key using compression stockings and early ambulation.

Need for Revisionary Surgery

The above complications may necessitate further surgery.