Many people consider tummy tucks, or Abdominoplasty, each year. Some consider it a typical procedure that many new moms get after giving birth. Others looking to maintain their youthful appearance often consider tummy tucks, liposuction, facelifts, and eyelifts. Remember, no surgery is without risk, and tummy tucks are no different. Board-certified surgeon, Dr. Anthony Youn, one of the top tummy tuck doctors in the U.S., tells anyone considering cosmetic surgery, including tummy tucks, to be aware of all the potential issues to ensure it’s the right decision for them.
Tummy Tuck Considerations:
- There are several different types of tummy tucks: mini, traditional (or full) tummy tucks, specialty tummy tucks, and circumferential tummy tucks. Make sure to discuss with your surgeon he best option for you.
- Don’t get fooled by surgeons that promote “new” techniques not used by other physicians. Successful procedures are usually shared among colleagues.
- Before a tummy tuck, bring a bathing suit or underwear with you to make sure the surgeon makes incisions low enough that scars will not be seen in revealing clothing.
- Many patients want group surgeries together, such as tummy tucks, breast augmentation, and liposuction. Be aware that the shortest surgeries are the best surgeries. Adding too many procedures together can be dangerous. The safest surgeries are those that are six hours or less.
- Try to walk as soon as possible to lessen the risk of blood clots.
If you are considering a tummy tuck or mommy make over, that also includes a breast lift, ensure your surgeon is board certified. Ask to see before and after pictures, and find out how long the surgery will take. Most importantly, get out of bed and walk as soon as possible.