8 Facts I Learnt From My Tummy Tuck Surgery

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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.


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6 Interesting Facts about Plastic Surgery

Plastic surgery entails procedures that shape and mold the body to make it look better than it was before. There are various types of, plastic surgeries including facelifts and rhinoplasty. More regular people are getting plastic surgeries, unlike in the past when celebrities only did it. Here are facts you need to know about plastic surgery.

1. More men are undergoing cosmetic surgery

The number of male patients has increased over the years because men are placing more importance on their looks. However, the types of plastic surgeries men do are different from those done by women. Research shows that men are more interested in treatment for protruding ears, eyelid surgery, liposuction, and treatment of male breasts.

2. People use plastic surgery to look like celebs

Thousands of people undergo various types of plastic surgeries to shape their features to enhance their self-esteem and feel good about their appearance. Most people want to look like their favorite celebs. People are also spending money to look like their childhood dolls.

3. Cosmetic surgery was initially done on the deceased

Cosmetic surgery was not always a procedure used for enhancing looks and making them attractive. It was originally done on the dead. For instance, in Egypt, people believed that people’s faces look the same in the afterlife after their burial. That explains why their bodies were tampered with after their death to make their prominent features stand out. They used techniques such as inserting bones and bandages into their cheeks and stomachs so that they could be easily recognized by everyone they met in the afterlife.

4. Cosmetic surgery was considered a sin

Plastic surgery was not anywhere close to where it is today back in the middle ages. In fact, most people viewed the procedure a sin that is why people didn’t want to undergo it. The idea of a plastic surgeon altering your looks by spilling their blood was frowned upon because it was perceived as changing God’s perfect creation. People also viewed the procedure as black magic because at that time the existence of witches was a common belief.

5. Social media has caused a rise in cosmetic surgery

Men and women upload their photos on social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram. Other people admire photos posted by their friends on social media, and they want to look like them. That explains why surgery is increasingly becoming common because people want to look like their friends on social media. Social media makes people more aware of their looks.

6. There are cosmetic surgery fashion shows

Plastic surgeons have come up with shows to showcase their works. Their previous patients walk the runway with their before and after photos showing on the screens. The screens also indicate the procedures carried out on each model by the plastic surgeon. The shows are also a way of advertising the services offered by the plastic surgeon.

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