Abdominoplasty Tummy Tuck Errors

Tummy Tucks are a popular procedure for many women, and with all medical procedures, sometimes errors can occur during or after the procedure.

If you have experienced any painful side effects, infection or scarring you may be entitled to personal injury compensation.  Call ROSALegal to speak to a female solicitor today to discuss your case.

Abdominoplasty Tummy Tuck Errors

Many people can suffer from a surplus of subcutaneous fat around the abdomen area. This can sometimes be addressed with liposuction. However abdominoplasty is sometimes the preferred option for a more thorough result.

The elasticity of the skin varies depending on body parts, weight loss, pregnancy and elasticity decreases naturally with age. This additional/surplus skin can make women feel very self-conscious and lead them to avoiding revealing or fitted clothing and taking part in activities where the body is more exposed. In some instances the folds of excess skins can leave a person prone to rashes, infections and irritation.

The abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) procedure is intended to remove excess fat and tighten the loose skin around the area and the muscles of the abdomen to allow for the improvement of the shape of the tummy area. The procedure can also be intended for the removal of stretch marks in the lower stomach area.

This procedure is noted to not be suitable for a lady that is planning future pregnancies, nor is it suitable as a treatment for obesity as the amount of actual weight loss is usually quite small.

The Surgical Procedure

There are two types of ‘tummy tuck.’ A full tummy tuck will target both above and below the belly button and will actually involve the re-positioning of the bellybutton entirely. Alternatively a ‘mini’ tummy tuck targets the area below the belly button. If there is excess of fat moving around to the back, a circumferential abdominoplasty can be recommended. An abdominoplasty is completed under full general anaesthetic and an incision is made horizontally below the bikini line. If a patient has a degree of muscle laxity, a muscle repair may be required as well as skin tightening.

After Abdominoplasty Surgery

Post surgery recovery usually requires one night minimum stay in hospital. Drains are often inserted under the abdomen flap for the first 24-48 hours following surgery. The patient will be required to wear an elasticated support garment for several weeks after the surgery. There can be significant pain after the procedure that is usually managed with pain medication. Stitches are normally removed after 10 days

Abdominoplasty Negligence

It is normal to experience some of the more common risks after surgery has taken place, including abdominal numbness swelling and scarring. However, examples of abdominoplasty negligence can include the following:

  • Bleeding under the skin (haemotoma) where further surgery will be required to drain the affected area and stop the bleeding.
  • Skin becomes creased around the scar lines.
  • Blood clots in the lungs (also known as pulmonary embolus)
  • Never damage resulting in loss of sensation and numbness
  • Infection
  • Visible scarring (i.e. above the waistline)
  • Seroma – buildup of fluid surrounding the wound.
Tummy Tuck Errors


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