So you’ve made the decision to have tummy tuck surgery and have spent hours researching the procedure on the Internet. You may even have scheduled a consultation with a plastic surgeon who specializes in tummy tuck surgery to learn more about its amazing, slimming benefits. But despite your excitement surrounding the procedure, you may have read or heard some things about tummy tuck surgery that have left you feeling scared, nervous, or unsure about your decision.
Schedule a consultation with Monarch Plastic Surgery to learn more about the benefits and advantages of having tummy tuck surgery.
Feeling nervous about having plastic surgery is normal, which is why most clinics encourage patients to ask questions about the procedure during their initial consultations. Fortunately, an experienced plastic surgeon can put your biggest fears about tummy tuck surgery to rest so you can go on to have a safe, satisfying experience that helps you achieve the slimmer, more toned silhouette you’ve always dreamed about!
Here are five common tummy tuck fears you shouldn’t have to worry about before, during, or after your procedure.
1. Complications from tummy tuck
Complications can occur with any surgery, but are rare when tummy tuck surgery is being performed by an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon. Mention your concerns about possible complications at the time of your initial tummy tuck consultation. Your surgeon may suggest things you can do on your end to significantly lower your risk for complications, such as quitting smoking and achieving a healthy weight before surgery.
2. Pain and discomfort during abdominoplasty
Before tummy tuck surgery you’ll be given anesthesia to prevent you from feeling any pain during the procedure. Pain and discomfort following tummy tuck surgery is normal and unavoidable, but can be managed using medication prescribed by your plastic surgeon. Mention your concerns about pain and discomfort at the time of your tummy tuck consultation; your plastic surgeon will talk to you about pain relief options, and about ways to reduce post-op pain as much as possible.
3. Long recovery after tummy tuck
Some patients worry that they might spend several weeks or months recovering from tummy tuck surgery and miss out on work and other obligations. However, many plastic surgeons suggest taking only two weeks off to recover from tummy tuck surgery. In most cases, the amount of time you spend recovering depends mainly on you, and your ability to adhere to post-op instructions.
Follow your surgeon’s post-op instructions very carefully during the days and weeks following tummy tuck surgery to prevent delays with healing, and to achieve the best possible results from your procedure. There are also things you can do to speed up recovery, such as eat healthy foods high in nutrition that promote faster healing.
4. Cost of tummy tuck
If you’re concerned about not being able to pay for tummy tuck surgery in full up front, ask your plastic surgeon about CareCredit financing. This payment option helps make cosmetic surgery possible for any patient who wants to enhance his or her physical appearance, and offers convenient monthly payments and other special financing options.
5. Convenience of abdominoplasty
Since tummy tuck surgery does require you to take time off for healing and recovery, some patients feel as if the procedure will be too inconvenient for their lives. Obligations such as childcare, school, and work can make the concept of tummy tuck surgery seem like a burden or hassle, especially when friends and family members are asked to help out. However, the people in your life who truly care about you will support your decision to have tummy tuck surgery, and help out where needed as you recover.
The key to making tummy tuck surgery work for everyone is to plan far enough in advance so your friends and family can step in when needed without causing extra stress.
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