The prospect of  Tummy Tuck scars can be off putting, but any tummy tuck scars appear below the bikini line. On this page you can find a list of some of the possiple complications, risks and side effects from  Tummy Tuck / Adominoplasty surgery.


What are the possible complications of Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tucks)?

Here is the list of possible complications of Abdominoplasty (tummy tucks):

Hematoma (risk is 3-4%)

Infection (risk is less than 1 %)

Skin Lesions in which skin is wrinkled. Rare.

Reactions to medications. Rare.

Please note that serious complications after an abdominoplasty are not common. But there are risks with any surgery. Complications such as infection and blood clots are rare, but can occur. Infection can be treated with drainage and antibiotics. You can minimize the risk of blood clots by moving around as soon after the surgery as possible..

One of the more common problems after an abdominoplasty is collection of fluid under the skin after the drains have been removed. The drainage of these fluids will be done by needle by your doctor, and will not affect the final results.


Tummy Tuck scars are unavoidable. This  complication of Abdominoplasty (tummy tucks) ispermanent. There will be a long Tummy tuck scar extending from hip to hip. The incisions are usually placed below the swimsuit line so they will not normally be in view. It normally takes 9 months to a year before scars flatten out. They will also lighten in color.

Tummy Tuck scars:

A picture of a Tummy Tuck scar, a couple of months after surgery.

Nutritional Consequences of Tummy Tucks:

Protein Deficiency complication:

Abdominoplasty (tummy tucks) is a metabolic surgery designed to produce malnutrition. Energy deficit occurs due to low food intake, food intolerance, and nutrient malabsorption. Abdominoplasty (tummy tucks) aim to achieve malnutrition to lose weight but without complications. Protein deficiency can occur after Abdominoplasty (tummy tucks).the ratio of fat mass to fat-free mass loss is about 4:1 unrestrictive operations like RYGB.12 It is probably even more severe after biliopancreatic diversion (BPD). the literature isn’t clear. some report severe protein-calorie malnutrition13although low incidences have been described by others. Protein deficiencies manifest themselves initially with fatigue and loss of muscle strength, especially with greater than expected weight loss as in patients who have strictures of the gastrojejunal anastomosis. Progression of protein deficiency is predictable with continuing weight loss with the additional development of hair loss, poor wound healing, wasting, emaciation, kwashiorkor, and marasmus. Protein deficiencies should be addressed promptly with supplementation. although normal protein requirement for the average individual is 1 g/kg body wt/day, this formula does not work for the morbidly obese with weights of 200 kg more.

Carbohydrate Deficiency Complications:

Carbohydrate deficiency, manifested as episodic hypoglycemia, is probably quite common. many patients admit to having episodes of feeling shaky and light-headed during the day, usually about 2 hours or so after meals.

-For more Tummy tuck before and after pictures and pictures of Tummy Tuck scars, see the Tummy Tuck Pictures page.

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