If you’ve lost a significant amount of weight, been pregnant, or had a prior surgery, and feel dissatisfied with how your body looks, a tummy tuck is one way to get your body back to what you’re used to. In 2016, over 125,000 tummy tuck procedures were done. It’s worth noting that a tummy tuck doesn’t take the place of losing weight healthily and exercising and best results happen when weight doesn’t continue to fluctuate. If you’re considering getting pregnant again, for example, it’s advisable to not get a tummy tuck for the moment. For some women, this type of “mommy makeover” can boost self-confidence and sexiness, which can be much needed. Let’s talk about the benefits of tummy tucks and other types of cosmetic surgeries and what you should keep in mind when looking into them.
What is a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck is also called abdominoplasty and is a surgery that’s responsible for getting rid of extra fat or skin. This can help restore weakened muscles and make your overall stomach look firmer and tighter. Getting older, being pregnant, having had surgery before, or losing (and gaining) a large amount of weight are all reasons that people seek tummy tucks.
Some people also crave a flat and toned abdominal area and despite maintaining a healthy weight and exercising regularly, they just can’t quite achieve what they’re looking for. A tummy tuck can help with that.
When Should I Get a Tummy Tuck or Breast Reduction?
As far as tummy tucks go, you never HAVE to get one, but many women consider them after pregnancies or if they’ve lost a significant amount of weight. That excess skin and fat that you’ve shed can be uncomfortable or awkward to still be carrying around and many people want to simply get rid of it and really show off their new bodies that they’ve worked so hard to attain.
A tummy tuck can help boost one’s confidence, body-image, and sexiness, leading to positive social interactions and a more outgoing view towards life. You may also feel that you’re more proportionate overall after you’ve recovered from the surgery.
Many women consider breast reductions because their breasts are too heavy and cause them neck or back pain. In some cases, they may even get in the way and make everyday tasks difficult or inconvenient. This can be far more than just cosmetic surgery — it can have a real impact on the woman’s quality of living.
Other women may be uncomfortable with the size of their breasts — especially if they receive a lot of unwarranted attention — and want them to be smaller. They may want clothes to fit better or feel more proportionate overall.
What Do I Need to Know About These Cosmetic Surgeries?
Always talk to your physician and surgeon about the surgery and what you can expect. Following their instructions before the surgery and after the surgery is essential to a good result and speedy recoveries afterwards. Tummy tuck recovery takes much longer than a breast reduction recovery. You’ll need to wear an abdominal binder for about six weeks after your surgery to make sure that your abs are supported during the healing process. You’ll also have to revisit your surgeon to get the sutures and stitches taken out.
In terms of breast reductions, it’s generally expected that you should take five to seven days off work while you heal, so the recovery time is much faster than with a tummy tuck.
In both cases, it’s important to know what medications you’ll be on, when you can resume normal activity and exercise, and what follow-up care is needed or expected.
Our bodies sometimes need a little extra help for us to feel our best. A tummy tuck and breast reduction can make a huge difference in women’s lives. If you’re considering one of these procedures, make sure you do your research, talk to your doctor, and know what to expect.