A tummy tuck is a cosmetic procedure that can be beneficial in many ways. When you lose a lot of weight around your middle and have excess skin or you've had babies and you want to regain your body back, then a tummy tuck may be right for you.
However, a tummy tuck is still a surgical procedure, even if it is cosmetic in its design. Before you get a tummy tuck, ask yourself the following questions to see if the cosmetic procedure is right for you.
Are you planning on losing more weight?
If you are only on a certain part of a weight loss journey, then you will want to wait until you have reached your goal weight before getting a tummy tuck. The reason why is this: you may lose even more weight around your middle, which can lead to more excess skin. If you get a tummy tuck before your body is done transforming, then you may have to get another tummy tuck after you've lost the weight you need.
Your cosmetic surgeon will assess your weight loss goals, your current weight, and how severe your excess stomach skin is before deciding to do a tummy tuck on you. In some cases, you can get a tummy tuck even if you still have some weight to lose as long as the weight you need to lose is not a lot.
Can you afford the procedure?
Remember, a tummy tuck is an elective and cosmetic procedure, which means your insurance is not likely to cover the costs. Tummy tuck surgeries can be expensive, particularly if you choose a surgeon who is high in demand or you have to travel a long ways to get your tummy tuck done.
Factor in the total costs of getting a tummy tuck before getting the surgery. The cost of the surgery itself, anesthesia, pain medication following surgery, downtime that keeps you from work, travel expenses, and followup appointments are all going to cost money, and you want to make sure you can afford the whole expense.
Are you active in your lifestyle?
A tummy tuck works best on patients who are actively involved in bettering their bodies with an active lifestyle and healthy eating habits. If you don't plan on having any more children and can keep your weight healthy now and in the future, a tummy tuck can work well for you. Discuss your lifestyle concerns with your cosmetic surgeon.