If you have loose, droopy skin around your stomach, you may have thought about a tummy tuck. Especially after childbirth or massive weight loss. The tummy tuck is an invasive surgery that takes anywhere from 2-4 hours to perform. It has a 2-3 week recovery period and many people report an uncomfortable tightening and discomfort after surgery. This surgery is the real deal: you will need general anesthesia and you will definitely have an incision that will leave scars. The doctor removes excess skin and fat from the tummy and tightens the underlying muscle layer.
The scar can be hidden with a bikini bottom and some people heal better than others. Also, there is usually a scar around the belly button and the belly button can look different than before. But even though all of this sounds daunting, the tummy tuck has one of the highest satisfaction rates in terms of plastic surgery. The question is whether your tummy bothers you enough that you won’t mind a few scars that can be hidden with clothes. After all, you will now have a flat stomach if your plastic surgeon does a good job. And for this type of surgery, it’s important to do your research and find the best plastic surgeon possible. There are risks and your surgeon should be adept at performing this procedure often.
Most plastic surgeons have pictures of surgeries they have performed and a few patients who are willing to see you in person or talk with you on the phone. Also, you can look online for pictures to see if this surgery is really right for you. It’s a good idea to look at the American Board of Plastic Surgery to find a surgeon who is board-certified in plastic surgery.