Every surgery involves some risks, and abdominoplasty is no different. Each year there are thousands of successful surgeries performed, but you should always be aware of and prepared for the risks.
Some of the risks include but are not limited to:
* Blood clots
* Poor healing resulting in unusually prominent scarring
* Excessive bleeding during surgery
* Reactions to anesthesia
Again, even though these complications are rare, they should be considered. Smoking increases the likelihood of complications and delays healing. Your scars could be larger and a second surgery may be required to repair them.
The best way to reduce your risk for postoperative complications is to:
* Closely follow the instructions of your surgeon
* Begin the Healing Diet 2 weeks before and continue for 4 to 6 weeks after your surgery
* Consume at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water daily 2 weeks prior and 4 to 6 weeks after your surgery
* Restrict strenuous activity for 4 to 6 weeks after surgery
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