The tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a procedure which tightens the stomach area through removal of excess skin and fat. This is a very helpful procedure for those who have recently given birth or lost weight. It's helpful, but not something that you should undertake lightly. As with any other cosmetic medical procedure, it's important to do your research before you make a final decision.
Here are 5 things that you should know before getting a tummy tuck:
1. It Won't Help You Lose Weight
A tummy tuck is not a procedure for weight loss, it simply removes excess skin and fat. After you've recovered from your tummy tuck - especially if you got it because of loose skin from weight loss - you will need to stay active and watch what you eat. If you gain the weight again there's nothing stopping you from ending up right back where you started.
2. There Are A Few Different Types
There are different types of tummy tucks to suit different needs. Some are less invasive and target specific areas while some are comprehensive and address the entire stomach, including the obliques. To find out which procedure is right for you it's best to consult with a qualified plastic surgeon to discuss your medical history and desired outcomes.
3. It Pairs Well With Liposuction
You may be asked if you want liposuction in addition to your tummy tuck. That's because it's a complementary procedure that also helps to shape and firm the stomach. Liposuction is not a requirement, but it can certainly enhance the results. Just keep in mind that this is a completely separate procedure that will have its own costs and recovery time.
4. You Will Need Help At Home
While recovering from a tummy tuck it's possible that you will need some help around the house, as for the first week or so it will be difficult to move. Recovery varies from person to person but many patients find that they aren't comfortable being alone in their home and they need help with tasks like getting out of bed, walking, and preparing meals. If you have a young child you will definitely need assistance as you won't be able to lift more than 10 pounds for the first few weeks.
Not following your surgeon's instructions and moving or lifting too much weight too soon can keep you from getting good results at best — and cause serious complications at worst.
5. It Does Leave Scarring
Even the most minimally invasive tummy tuck can leave some scarring. Most of the time the scar is from hip to hip, just below the bikini line so you'll be able to effectively hide it with a swimsuit. However, with some of the more comprehensive procedures, you may have some visible scarring on the abdomen.
Tummy tucks can help firm up the stomach and improve your appearance dramatically, but you should know what you're getting into. Some scarring and an uncomfortable recovery period are unavoidable. You'll also need to keep up a healthy lifestyle after the procedure to maintain your results. As always, to find out whether this procedure is a good fit for you you should schedule a consultation with a licensed cosmetic surgeon.
Are you looking for an experienced cosmetic surgeon to perform your tummy tuck? Dr. DeMercurio has over 9 years of experience in the field and is held in very high regard by his current and former clients. Please, contact us at The Florida Center for Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery today.