Abdominoplasty Surgery and Pregnancy

Considering abdominal liposuction, you should know that the procedure can affect your pregnancy. During abdominoplasty surgery, an incision is made across the abdomen and around the belly button, and excess fat and skin are removed. The remaining skin and muscles are then tightened to reveal your abdominal muscles. This procedure does leave scarring, but you can expect to see visible results after several weeks. Here are some common risks.

abdominoplasty surgeryScars

While a patient can have scars after abdominoplasty surgery, it is not uncommon for these to remain red and noticeable for 18 months after the procedure. Immediately after surgery, the scars are nearly invisible, but they begin to thicken and discolour after a few months and may be red or brown. These changes are a result of the wound’s natural healing process, as well as the scars’ tendency to knit together.

Recovery time

After mastectomies, the patient is instructed to limit the amount of strenuous activity for six to eight weeks. During this time, patients are also advised not to lift heavy weights or work out too intensely. Light walking is recommended after the first week, and moderate exercise is also allowed. After the first two weeks, patients may resume a regular diet and can resume showering. However, it is crucial to limit the amount of sodium in their diet and drink plenty of water.

Infection

Infection after abdominoplasty surgery is a possibility, but it is rare. Infection is the result of contamination of the surgical incisions. The signs of infection include high fever, redness, swelling, pain, and pus coming from the incision site. If you notice any of these signs, contact your surgeon immediately. Your surgeon will advise you on how to treat the infection. Aftercare should be followed carefully to minimize the chances of infection.

Postoperative pain, redness, and swelling are common symptoms of an infection after abdominoplasty. The patient may also have a fever, chills, and drainage from the incision. Your plastic surgeon may prescribe you antibiotics or prescribe you a compression garment. Infections from abdominoplasty surgery are sporadic, but they can cause severe problems if not treated properly. You should wear a compression garment for several weeks to avoid swelling. However, you should not expect to lose any weight after surgery. The scars are permanent and may take up to a year to fade.

Blood clots

After tummy tuck surgery, the abdominal incision is covered with a surgical dressing during the recovery period. Then, small tubes are placed along the incision sites to drain excess fluid or blood. A health care team will teach you how to care for the drains. You might also be asked to stop smoking or start an exercise program to prevent blood clots. Blood clots may develop in the legs and lungs, but these are rare.

After surgery, blood clots are more likely to form in the leg than in the rest of the body. Depending on the location, these clots can travel to the heart, lungs, or brain. If they travel from the leg, they may break free and travel to other body parts. It is one of the reasons why prolonged inactivity after surgery increases the risk of blood clots.

Postoperative care

After undergoing abdominoplasty surgery, patients will be instructed to follow the postoperative instructions given by their doctor. Bruising and swelling can persist for up to six months. They should avoid strenuous activity for the first two weeks. As time passes, the swelling and bruising will lessen. It is possible to start exercising again. After six weeks, all types of exercise can be performed.

After the surgery, it is essential to limit activity. It is advisable to rest and avoid bending and lifting anything over ten pounds for the first week. It is also important not to drive for 24 hours. Patients should also avoid driving while on medication. Patients must have a designated driver to drive them home during the first postoperative day. Light physical activity is also advised, but not strenuous, until at least four weeks after the surgery.