We live in a society where we expect instant gratification. Actors, models, and musicians (who have somehow become our heroes) have no problem rushing to a surgeon to have their features changed as if they were changing their shoes or clothes. Cosmetic surgery is complicated and not without risk. Plastic surgeons spend years learning this craft, and they take it very seriously, and so should you. If you are considering a tummy tuck, there are things you should know before you decide to go under the knife.

What is a Tummy Tuck?

Even the words “tummy tuck” makes us think it is something minor. If we called it by its medical name, abdominoplasty, it sounds a bit more serious. We are not saying that you do not need a tummy tuck or that you should be afraid of it. But we are pointing out that abdominoplasty is the last line of defense, not the first.

Tummy tucks are not a method of fat removal. (You might consider liposuction for that). During a tummy tuck, an incision is made, your stomach is opened, and the muscles and tissue are manipulated to form a more aesthetically pleasing look. Then the skin is pulled tight and structured back together. This surgery can easily last 4-5 hours. So, if you are looking for a way to get rid of 10 pounds that you have not tried to lose other ways, this is not for you.

Do You Qualify?

  • Have you tried to sculpt your body with exercise and diet?
  • Have you practiced a workout routine on a regular basis, that targets this area of your body?
  • Are you planning to have children in the future?
  • Do you smoke?

These are all things that will at least temporarily disqualified.

Red Flags

There are other issues that raise red flags for the doctor and he may decide to wait on a tummy tuck for you until he is sure you are emotionally ready.

  • Did you recently lose a lot of weight and you want to get rid of the skin, even though you are still transitioning in weight?
  • Are you doing surgery for the right reason, and not because you want to make someone jealous or to recover a broken relationship?
  • Do you have a support system in place to physically help you?
  • Are you fully aware of the extended recovery time and of the realistic chance of a second surgery if you are still losing weight when you have this done?
  • Are you under the misconception that regaining your youthful figure will be the magic bullet that will change your life?

A good surgeon is interested in you and achieving the best results possible. A tummy tuck might be what you need, so do your research and contact a surgeon. This does not mean you are required to go through with the procedure. The only one who will pay for that premature choice is you. So, do not get frustrated if the doctor suggests another option or giving it a bit more time. Trust them; they are looking out for your overall health.