Tackling Common Tummy Tuck Myths
By Laura McElroy

If you’re contemplating having a tummy tuck, it’s vital that you’re in full possession of the facts about the surgery. Having unrealistic expectations of the results can lead to a lot of disappointment, so it’s best if you know as much as possible. 

Gaining a full understanding of your tummy tuck procedure, how long it will take to recover, and what kind of results you can expect is important information that you should get from your surgeon prior to the procedure. 

A lot of laypeople think that they know plenty about tummy tuck surgery, but the ‘information’ they’re sharing is false. Here are some myths about tummy tucks that need to be dispelled.

You’re going to lose a lot of weight

Having a tummy tuck will not make you lose weight. Unfortunately, you’ll have to do most of the hard work yourself. If you’re looking for some drastic weight loss, you’ll need to opt for liposuction as well as a tummy tuck. While some fat is removed during a tummy tuck, the procedure has more to do with reshaping or contouring the mid-section.

The best approach would be to lose as much weight as you can before the surgery. Go on a diet and exercise at the gym. A tummy tuck is expensive, and you’ll have to think about having another one if you lose a whole lot of weight after the procedure.

You’ll be scarred for life

A plastic surgeon uses special suturing techniques that minimize scarring, so there should be little evidence of your tummy tuck procedure once the wounds have healed. However, you should be realistic about how long it will take for the scars to heal. It can take up to a year for the scar to become flattened and for the color to start blending in with your skin.

Some of the best plastic surgeons Austin, TX, has said that eventually, you should be left only with a little white line, which is only easy to spot if you’re looking for it. Look after your scars by applying tissue oil to reduce their appearance.

The results are immediate

Don’t believe anyone who tells you that they could see the results of their tummy tuck procedure within a month. In the immediate aftermath of the surgery, your body takes time to recover. The invasive nature of the surgery causes a massive inflammatory response to the procedure. Inflammation is characterized by swelling, and therefore you might experience weight gain instead of weight loss initially.

Drains installed during the surgery help to reduce the swelling straight after the procedure, as will compression garments. Follow your doctor’s recovery instructions, and don’t expect to see the full effect of your tummy tuck until at least six months have passed.

You won’t be able to fall pregnant

A tummy tuck will not interfere with your ability to become pregnant. However, you might lose some of the benefits of the procedure, which costs a lot of money. For this reason, doctors recommend you wait until you’re finished having children before undergoing tummy tuck surgery.

But having a tummy tuck does not mean that you cannot have another child. But do tell your OBGYN that you’ve had the procedure, as it is part of your medical history.

Any doctor can do a tummy tuck

A tummy tuck is a plastic surgery procedure, so you should make sure you’re letting an expert perform yours. Plastic surgeons undergo many years of training after medical school, making them competent perform procedures like tummy tucks.

Check your doctor’s credentials before you put your life in their hands. Choose a doctor with a good reputation and enough experience in the field.

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