Also known as abdominoplasties, tummy tucks were considered surgery for the rich in the society. All this has changed over the years with the procedure showing a staggering increase of up to 431% since its performance had started been documented and tracked by (ASAPS), Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in 1997. In fact, in 2015, tummy tuck surgery was documented as the 3rd most common procedure in cosmetics. To be more specific, over 180,000 tummy tucks were done nationwide in that year alone. Here is some relevant information you may want to know before you go for the knife and have that tummy tuck surgery.
- A tummy tuck doesn’t make you lose weight
Elliot Hirsch, MD at Hirsch Plastic Surgery in Los Angeles, explains that tummy tucks need to be performed when the patient has the ideal weight for the operation. Elliot also explains that tummy tucks usually do not address stretch marks directly.
- There are different scar types
The location and size of your scar usually depend greatly on the abdominoplasty you want to undergo. If you prefer the tummy tuck, then you should expect a scar that will run from one hip to the other. Most doctors that perform this operation will try their best to hide the scar below the bikini line.
A mini tummy tuck can be an option for those seeking to have only small portions of their skins removed and even muscle tightens.
You can also expect to have a significantly large T-shaped scar that looks to be upside-down, that runs across your abdomen if you are looking to have a tummy tuck after a weight loss surgery or even significant weight loss.
- It’s not cheap, most likely won’t be covered by any insurance
The 2015 national average for a tummy tuck was $5,891, data collected by the ASAPS revealed. Insurance does not cover tummy tuck surgery. There are, however, instances that the insurance may cover small portions of the procedure. Apart from the cost of the surgery, there is also the cost of prescriptions, and pre-operation as well as post-operation medical supplies you need to budget for.
- Do your research before you choose a surgeon
You may realize that finding a qualified licensed plastic surgeon may not be as easy as you may have thought. You need to be very careful when looking for your plastic surgeon as any doctor can pose as a plastic surgeon since up to now, there still is no national cosmetic surgery medical board that is recognized.
- Don’t freak if your surgeon offers liposuction, too
Liposuction helps to sculpt the waist as well as the love handle area and thus prevent the unnatural bulge that may occur on the hips. It helps to contour and reshape the area after the surgery. You need to know that there will be added costs to your surgery if you opt for liposuction as it is not part of tummy tuck surgery.
- You’ll need assistance at home for the first few days
Almost all tummy tucks usually are outpatient surgeries. What this means is you will have to go home immediately after the surgery. You will need someone to help you during the first few days, possibly even a week. Most people prefer family members or close friends to be around during this period.
- You’ll probably be bent over at the waist for the first few days or even longer.
From the surgery, you will most likely have your body significantly bent over during the early periods after the surgery. This can impact pretty much your routine around the house, and even your sleep.
- Expect benefits after the cosmetic.
After a few weeks have gone by, you will start to see the benefits that the surgery comes with; you will start to feel more confident in your clothes too. Studies have also shown that tummy tucks can sometimes help with urinary incontinence. The procedure can have an impact on the support and strength of your body’s core.