Choosing whether to have a tummy tuck is a huge decision. Not only is it is a surgery, which should always be taken seriously, but it will have a lifelong impact on your appearance. Here are five questions that every person should ask themselves when deciding if a tummy tuck is right for them.
Am I Willing to Go Through Surgery?
While a tummy tuck, also called an abdominoplasty, is a safe and routine procedure, all surgeries and medical procedures come with a small amount of risk. In addition, a tummy tuck will require a recovery period, including time off work and someone to help you with daily activities. It’s important to ensure that you are at a good time to have a cosmetic surgery and to take the time to recovery completely.
Am I Ready for a Huge Change in My Appearance?
Self-acceptance and self-esteem are both important. Unfortunately, many people struggle to develop these qualities when they are not pleased with their bodies. While a tummy tuck will be a positive change in appearance, it will still be a change. It’s important to mentally prepare yourself for this. In addition, it will take a while to see a fully healed result, so you should be prepared for the appearance of healing from a tummy tuck.
Am I Finished Having Children?
Women are not the only gender to get tummy tucks; it is becoming increasingly popular with men as well. However, women who are considering a tummy tuck should generally do so only after they are sure that they do not want to have more children. A pregnancy will likely stretch out the skin on the abdomen once again and leave you in the same condition you were in before the tummy tuck.
Can I Achieve the Results I Desire Through Diet and Exercise?
Diet and exercise are both important parts of a healthy lifestyle. However, there are limits to what these can do for appearance. For example, there is no amount of diet and exercise that will fix sagging skin or stretch marks. In addition, many cases of diastasis recti, or separation of the abdominal muscles, cannot be corrected without a surgery.
Do the Benefits Outweigh the Drawbacks?
This is ultimately the most important question for people considering a tummy tuck. Every person will have a unique situation and have to find the answer for themselves. However, if you consider all of the questions here, you will be well on your way to making a wise, well-informed decision.
Consult With a Tummy Tuck Expert
For expert guidance through the planning process of your own abdominoplasty, contact Laser & Cosmetic Surgery Specialists, where Dr. Ran Rubinstein.
To contact Dr. Rubinstein, please call 845-863-1772. Laser & Cosmetic Surgery Specialists is located at 200 Stony Brook Court #2 in Newburgh, New York.