How To Prevent Infection After Tummy Tuck?

Tummy Tuck Surgery

A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty is a transformative body contouring procedure designed to tighten abdominal muscles and remove excess skin and fat that have not responded to diet and exercise alone. It is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery treatments available due to its ability to smooth and tone the abdomen, while greatly improving confidence. However, before opting to undergo a tummy tuck, it is important to understand that this is a complex surgical procedure and there are a number of inherent risks and considerations to be aware of. While your choice of Miami plastic surgeon undoubtedly impacts the safety and efficacy of your procedure, it is also important to understand what you can do to prevent infection after a tummy tuck.

Possible Concerns After Tummy Tuck

It is imperative to be aware of the normal healing process after a tummy tuck so that you will know what to expect and when to seek medical assistance. Following the procedure, most patients experience swelling and/or bruising on the abdomen. Pain or numbness may also occur, however, this is temporary and can be alleviated with the pain medication you are prescribed. In addition, you may experience minor bleeding/oozing around the incision site for the first 2-3 days. Your surgeon will provide instructions to limit excessive movement and if you note any new or increasing bleeding or drainage from the incision site, you should let them know.

Reducing Your Risk Of Infection

Incisions are generally covered with clean steri strips or a dressing and you will be advised to avoid certain activity such as bathing, swimming or entering hot tubs until your incisions are completely healed. If you experience signs of infection such as fever, chills, or increased redness and discharge at the incision site, it is imperative to take swift action and contact your surgeon immediately. In addition, you can reduce your risk of infection by carefully following all aftercare instructions provided by your surgeon.

Smoking cigarettes and exposure to nicotine products can also delay wound closure and healing which leave a person more prone to infection. Your surgeon will advise you to avoid smoking before and after surgery for a significant time because you need excellent circulation to avoid infections and heal with beautiful, minimal scars.

Reducing Risk Of Infection

Any sign of infection should be dealt with immediately, as infections that are left untreated can pose a general health risk, and result in fatty necrosis and may lead to tissue loss or unsightly scars

Although the risk of complications and infection is rare, during your initial consultation, Dr. Craft will ensure that you are well informed so you have all of the information necessary to make an educated decision and provide informed consent if you choose to go forward with the procedure. In Miami, tummy tuck surgery performed with Dr. Craft’s extensive experience and expertise can transform your figure in a beautiful and lasting way Call us today to find out more about your options.

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