The Side Effects of Tummy Tuck Surgery

When you visit our Santa Barbara office for a tummy tuck, you can expect aesthetically superior results that greatly complement your body’s curves and proportions. Furthermore, you benefit from Dr. Mackenzie’s years of expertise and state-of-the-art practices that maximize your comfort. Before you can see the results of treatment, however, you must allow time for your body to heal. During recovery, it is common for patients to experience a few side effects of surgery. These are a natural part of the healing process, but it is helpful for patients to know what to expect. If you have recently had a tummy tuck or are considering one in the future, take note of these common post-operative side effects.

The Day of Surgery

Immediately after surgery, you may experience more side effects from the anesthesia or sedation than the procedure itself. This is especially true of the extended tummy tuck procedure, which utilizes general anesthesia and usually requires an overnight stay. Common effects of anesthesia include drowsiness, nausea, light-headedness, and disorientation. During this time, it is helpful to have a friend or family member around for at least the remainder of the day to help with basic tasks like eating and getting in or out of bed.

It is also common during the first 24 hours to experience light bleeding from your incisions. This should be manageable by applying light pressure to the area, and will likely already be controlled through the use of an elastic compression garment. If bleeding persists, however, you should contact your doctor for further instructions.

Effects of Surgery

Once your tissues have begun to heal over the first few days, you will likely notice a few side effects surfacing around the area of surgery. These include:

Tips for Recovery

In order to recover more efficiently and comfortably, keep the following tips in mind:

Contact Us for More Information

Nothing is more important to us than your safety and well-being. If you have any concerns regarding a recent procedure, do not hesitate to contact our office and ask a question. Call or email us for more information or to set up a new appointment with Dr. Mackenzie.

Douglas J. Mackenzie, MD

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