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IMPORTANT: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries RISKS.  Before proceeding with any cosmetic, reconstructive or plastic surgery procedure, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

  • A list of risks will be provided to you during a consultation.
  • Some risks may be higher in certain patients and it is imperative you are a NON SMOKER.
  • General surgery risks are listed below but other risks of surgery may apply.
  • Individual surgeries ALSO have specific risks and potential complications.
  • See your Surgeon for details and be sure you read and understand the RISKS.
You can also review SURGERY RISKS online at Australia’s Health Direct website.

General RISKS of having surgery include:

General Anaesthesia – Prior to surgery you will be provided with the details of your anaesthetist in order to discuss any specific concerns you may have.

  • Most healthy patients respond well to general anaesthesia but some patients may have sensitivities or allergies.
  • If you have any allergies or have had any prior reactions to having surgery or using any form of anaesthetic (local or general), be sure you let your Surgeon know WELL in advance.

Bleeding (Haematoma) – Sometimes following surgery, a collection of blood may pool at the surgical site. If this occurs, a visit to the operating theatre may be required to remove the haematoma or other bleeding problem.

Infection – If an infection develops following surgery, your surgeon MAY prescribe antibiotics and monitor your progress closely.

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) – Read DVT resources from RACS here.

Scars – All surgery leaves a scar, and each person’s scar will look unique.

  • To help minimise scarring for some procedures but not all, then
  • You may be recommended to have Fraxel Laser treatments following surgery
  • This may involve the Coco Ruby Skin and Anti-Ageing Dermal Clinicians

Delayed Wound Healing – Delayed wound healing may occur.

  • This is more likely to be seen in patients who are overweight, have underlying health conditions such as diabetes, or who don’t follow good nutrition, and in smokers, or where an infection develops.
  • Your surgeon and nurse coordinator will manage the healing process and assist you should delayed wound healing occur, but be sure you follow ALL pre-op and post-op instructions.

It is CRUCIAL you NEVER smoke and that you have good nutrition and follow your surgeon’s advice.


Additional Surgery Risks and/or potential complications of ABDOMINOPLASTY (TUMMY TUCK Surgery) include:

  • Umbilical necrosis
  • Belly button shape changes or malposition
  • Seroma / haematoma formation
  • Skin necrosis (dermal tissue death)
  • Numbness or sensation losses (temporary or permanent)
  • Asymmetry of abdomen and scars
  • Extended, raised or visible Scar position
  • Delayed wound healing and/or wound breakdown
  • Secondary or corrective surgery requirements
  • Upward movement of position of pubic hair/pubic hair line changes
  • Chest infection
    Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) o r heightened risks
  • Pulmonary Embolism


Surgery Risks of Gynecomastia (Male Breast Reduction Surgery) and other breast surgery include:

  • Permanent pigment changes in skin
  • Nipple and chest asymmetry (uneven tissues or scars)
  • Nipple numbness and alteration in sensation (temporary/permanent)
  • Nipple area depression and/or chest contour deformity
  • Recurrent gynaecomastia
  • Need for secondary surgery and associated scars

Surgery Risks of BREAST Surgery include: