Male Voice: I think it's important that you know patients considering a tummy tuck first of all be healthy. So in my practice, we work with patients to get them to a healthy state before we think about doing their surgical procedure.

Once you become a good candidate, so you're near your ideal body weight and you've done some of the work to get your body close to where you want it ahead of time. Once that's done, then we go ahead with the surgery.

Complications associated with surgery fall into two general categories. Most of the time, these procedures involve having an anesthetic of some sort, either general anesthetic or sedation. And in healthy patients, the risks of those are quite minimal. On the surgical side, there are early complications that very rarely come up such as bleeding, bruising, and infection.

The incidents of that happening even with the largest of our procedure such as abdominoplasty would be less than 1% of our patients have a problem and fortunately then other complications are even less common.

Longer term and this is where the relationship really is very important because longer term, although they're not complications, small issues of scar problems whether they're thick scars or things that I think that I can improve for you down the road are often done as part of the procedure and as part of the original fees for the procedure.

What are the Risks with a Tummy Tuck?

Doctor Matthew C. Mosher discusses what the risks are and how to minimize these risks and/or complications.