I perform a large number of tummy tuck procedures each year, and frankly, I do not see serious complications (nor have I ever seen a death). Potential minor complications range from minor wound healing problems to seromas (fluid) accumulating beneath the skin flaps requiring drainage. More serious complications including bleeding, infection, and deep venous thrombophlebitis (blood clots) in the lower legs.
Your surgeon should discuss these problems in detail and advise you about steps are usually taken to avoid them.
I had a Full Tummy Tuck 6 weeks ago. I still have some swelling but I am most concerned with the overhang of what seems to be a missed flap of fat. There is more on the left side then the right. Is this normal??? My PS said it is fluid and will go away in a few weeks but he has said that for six weeks now. What do you think?
At six weeks post surgery, it is too early to evaluate or treat residual fullness above the scar. It could easily be due to swelling. If the problem is still present in three to four months, then it could be due to residual fat and minor liposuction to the area will eliminate it.