I think it's important that patients considering a tummy tuck, first of all, be healthy. 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 a general anesthetic or sedation. In healthy patients, the risk of those are quite minimal.

On the surgical side, there are early complications that very rarely come up such as bleeding and bruising and infection. The incidence of that happening even with the largest of our procedures, such as abdominoplasty, would be less than 1% of our patients have a problem.

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 of Getting a Tummy Tuck?

Doctor Mathew C. Mosher discusses the possible risks or complications of a tummy tuck surgery.