What are the potential risks and complications of a tummy tuck?

Some of the potential risks of a tummy tuck procedure include:

  • Infection of the wound which may require treatment with antibiotics
  • Incision site may be uncomfortable and painful
  • Blood clot may occur under the skin flaps and around the incision sites
  • A skin graft may be required for areas of skin that do not heal
  • Excessive accumulation of fluid (seroma) may occur under the incision site and may require a procedure for draining
  • Incision sites may become temporarily numb, but will improve over time
  • A blood transfusion may be required if there is a large loss of blood during surgery
  • Short term nausea and vomiting may occur following surgery as a result of the anaesthetics used
  • The tummy skin will have been tightened from above down, and the muscles from the outside in. This results in a tight feeling and can cause difficulties in bending and other movements.
  • Prominent and visible scars, known as hypertrophic and keloid scars may form over a healed incision. These scars are red, thickened and raised and may be annoying, itchy and unsightly, but they do not pose a health threat.

Life threatening risks such as a blood clot are rare; however, should a blood clot occur it can move to the lungs, chest or deep veins of the legs.

How much does a tummy tuck cost?

A tummy tuck may be covered by some private health insurers. Review your policy carefully to determine what is covered.

Costs associated with a tummy tuck vary between $12,000-$20,000 depending on a number of factors such as:

  • Anaesthetist's fee
  • Private hospital or day surgical facility fees
  • Need for post-operative garments
  • Length of hospital stay
  • The cover from your insurance company
  • Whether you need other body contouring procedures such as labiaplasty, liposuction, thigh liftor arm lift.
  • Surgical assistant's fee

After our consultation, my staff will give you an itemised account of the total cost.

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I say to patients to be prepared for another operation. Even if the surgery is perfect, it's still going to loosen up.

Dr Pouria Moradi