Extra skin in the abdomen is a frequent cosmetic problem that numerous women and men face. Pregnancy, which is when the skin of the belly expands as the baby grows, is a common reason for females, with the excess skin often staying after childbirth. Based on the baby’s size, the amount of weight gained during pregnancy, and the overall number of pregnancies, the quantity of superfluous skin might vary significantly.
There’s also a good chance there’s a genetic link, which is a specific trait passed down from one’s ancestors. Genetics determines how much excess skin is present after giving birth.
Although exercise and healthy eating have no impact on flabby skin, the great news is that a tummy tuck is an effective remedy for the majority of people. Tummy tuck can help you enhance your midsection. It will help remove stretch marks and stomach sagging, making it an effective cosmetic procedure for those who have lost a lot of weight due to childbirth or gastric bypass.
You may be wondering if there are any side effects of having a tummy tuck. Well, keep in mind that all procedures result in some sort of side effect. We’d like to discuss some of the most common tummy tuck side effects so that you will have reasonable expectations about the treatment procedure.
General Anesthesia’s Side Effects
General anesthesia is generally considered to be quite safe. In fact, most patients, including those with major medical concerns, can safely undergo general anesthesia.
Unfortunately, there are some side effects that can occur after a tummy tuck. For example, you may typically experience brain fog, nausea, vertigo, and weariness after waking up from a general anesthesia. Other common side effects you may experience due to anesthesia include the following:
- sore throat
- dry mouth
- mild hoarseness
Postoperative disorientation, pneumonia, or even stroke and heart attack may be more common in older persons, which is why the cosmetic surgeon will discuss your medical history in detail prior to a tummy tuck. This will help him or her determine if the procedure is appropriate for you.
Also keep in mind that you will not be able to move or speak to let your surgeon know you’re awake or uncomfortable due to the muscle relaxants given before a tummy tuck. This may produce long-term psychiatric issues in some patients, equivalent to post-traumatic stress disorder. However, because this occurrence is so uncommon, it’s hard to draw precise conclusions.
Poor Wound Healing Following a Tummy Tuck
Sections along the incision line might sometimes heal inadequately or separate. In this instance, antibiotics may be prescribed to you to prevent infection. Keep in mind that the incision site will eventually heal although it could take a few months.
Bruising Following a Tummy Tuck
Due to the way incisions and changes to the abdomen region affect the blood vessels, bruising is frequent after surgery. Bruising is most visible in the first few days following surgery and fades over the period of a month.
Pain and Discomfort Following a Tummy Tuck
You will experience soreness and discomfort while you recuperate from your procedure. This is most noticeable in the abdominal area, which is where your tummy tuck will be done. The pain and discomfort are worse in the first few days after surgery, but as you heal, you should experience a decrease in pain and discomfort.
Bulging Following a Tummy Tuck
Another typical adverse effect is swelling, which is also an indication that your body is recovering well. Because the accumulation of fluid can be significant, drainage tubes are frequently placed around incision sites to assist in extracting fluid from the body and reduce swelling. Substantial swelling usually goes away after a month, but moderate swelling can last for several months.
How to Prevent Blood Clots Following a Tummy Tuck
Blood clots can possibly form and are a risk factor following any major operation. This is especially true in the case of leg clots, which is why we encourage you to exercise a little daily as you recuperate. This will help to avoid the formation of hazardous blood clots and improve circulation.
What You Should Know About Scarring After Surgery
The scarring from a tummy tuck is noticeable, although it is conveniently hidden by a variety of clothing, including undergarments, shirts, and swimsuits. The scars should diminish and not be as obvious with time, but keep in mind that scarring differs from person to person.
How to Avoid Tummy Tuck Complications
It’s crucial for you to implement every post-op recommendation to avoid potential issues after a tummy tuck. This creates ideal circumstances for post-operative healing and recuperation. During the appointment, your cosmetic surgeon will talk with you about these post-op guidelines.
Consult a Cosmetic Surgeon
Please contact a cosmetic surgeon to learn more about tummy tuck surgery and other procedures, such as liposuction surgery. The surgeon will assist you in becoming thinner, leaner, and more confident in your own skin.