Have you ever found yourself staring at a complete stranger feeling full of content and anger?
That cute little blonde thing that prances her way around the neighborhood like she owns it.
She’s got a perfect body.
There’s no denying that it’s the dream, but achieving the perfect body is a lot easier said than done. Even some of the strictest diet and exercise routines aren’t always enough to lose the pouch (especially if you’re a mother).
Does this sound like you? No matter how many sit-ups you suffer through, it’s just not enough. You’ve probably even considered getting a tummy tuck surgery.
Many people have turned to cosmetic surgeries. While that used to be considered a dirty word, it’s becoming more widely accepted throughout.
I’m here to help you through this process, so here are 8 things you need to know before you get a tummy tuck
If you’re looking for some help with weight loss, a tummy tuck is not for you. A tummy tuck is designed for people who have excess skin hanging around. You should only consider a tummy tuck if you are already able to maintain your ideal weight.
You should think of a tummy tuck as a contouring procedure, rather than one for weight loss.
Bonus- because the procedure is performed by stretching and contouring the skin, it is possible for some of those ugly stretch marks to me cut out too!
For some people, the fear of having a visible scar is enough to scare them into not having a procedure that can help them. It is important to know that there will be scarring.
The type and severity of the scar depend on several factors, including the type of procedure done and even the surgeon that performs the surgery. Scars can be as bad as hip-to-hip.
Having this discussion during your consultation appointment is very important. Cosmetic surgery is supposed to improve your quality of life. It can’t do that if you’re constantly hiding from your scar.
You’ve heard of the super mommy that has a baby and then has a tummy and it back to work in a week.
This is a myth!
The recovery time from a tummy tuck is usually a good 2-3 week process. Most tummy tucks are outpatient surgeries, which means you won’t be kept in the hospital overnight. Unfortunately, this means you’ll be sent home.
Daily activities can become beats after a surgery. Especially for the first few days, you can expect to be in some moderate pain. You will want to plan to have some extra help around the house for at least two weeks after the surgery.
A tummy tuck surgery can cost anywhere from $3000 to $12000. The national average cost for a tummy tuck is $5500, including fees like surgeon fees, medical tests, anesthesia, post-op, etc.
I know what you’re thinking, and no it won’t work. Your health insurance company will not cover it unless you can get a doctor to sign that it’s medically necessary, which likely won’t happen.
In rare cases, people who have certain abdominal hernias will be candidates for a medically necessary tummy tuck. Even in this case, your insurance company is likely to only cover a small portion of the cost.
You will likely discuss the different types of tummy tuck surgeries during your consultation. You may need a mini, partial, complete, or even an extended tummy tuck.
A mini tummy tuck is generally done on a person whose problem area is just under the belly button. This type of procedure typically will not alter your belly button, and may only take up to two hours.
A complete tummy tuck is a bit more extensive. This is the type of surgery that may result in that hip-to-hip scar. The surgeon will cut from hip bone to hip bone, and it may require drainage tubes to be put in place for a few days.
Don’t freak out if your surgeon recommends a bit of liposuction with the tummy tuck. Remember that a tummy tuck is not intended as a weight loss solution.
Liposuction can help the surgeon get a better shape from the waist and tackle those difficult love handles (I never understood why they call them that, no one loves them!)
Your surgeon will determine if a liposuction procedure is needed to help contour and reshape the abdomen. Be aware that liposuction is a completely separate procedure, while the may be able to be performed at the same time, lip comes with its own risks, costs, and recovery.
A tummy tuck is done by cutting and stretching the skin down. As you may have guessed, it can take a while for the skin to stretch where and how you need it to. What this means is you may be bent over at the waist for a few days.
You may need to make arrangements to sleep in a chair. You can sleep in a bed but you’ll want to make sure that you have lots of pillows and blankets to prop yourself and your legs up.
You may have some trouble reaching the top shelves or even doing the dishes. As long as you take our advice and get some extra help around the house, you should be just fine after a tummy tuck.
The fact that one of the benefits of a tummy tuck is cosmetic is obvious. You will have a tight, new tummy immediately. You will notice that the stubborn button on your pants is going to finally close.
I briefly mentioned that it is possible to have a tummy tuck done for medical reasons. One reason why some women have the procedure done is that they may have a condition called rectus diastasis. This is what happens when they become separated or weakened. Part of a tummy tuck procedure is to tighten the abdominal muscles, so it can be done as a treatment for this condition.
Possibly the most important benefit of a tummy tuck is the self-confidence boost. Your friends and family will notice your new body, and maybe even the cute neighbor will notice too.
Guess what else you get to do? Yes. Shopping. There’s nothing like the smell of new clothes. Nothing like that feeling you get when you try on the next size down, and it actually fits.
No matter what anyone thinks, it’s okay to have cosmetic surgery. I mentioned before that it used to be pretty frowned upon. Many used to think that cosmetic surgery is only for the rich and uptight.
The reality is that the world is changing. Cosmetic surgeries are rapidly becoming more popular for all ages.
Keep these suggestions in mind during your consultation and you’re sure to be ready to make a prepared decision.