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Choosing the Right Procedures

I have worked as a receptionist at a popular cosmetic surgery office for the past ten years, and I have seen every type of cosmetic surgery and recovery that you could imagine. Unfortunately, some patients are much better at choosing their procedures than others. For example, we had one patient that opted to have ten nose jobs in a row, which lead to a deformed bridge and a super tiny nose tip. Unfortunately, when she came back a few months later to have the problem corrected, the doctors didn't have enough tissue to work with. On my website, you will learn how to decide which procedures are right for you, so that you aren't left regretting your decisions down the road.



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Choosing the Right Procedures

What To Know Before Getting A Tummy Tuck

by Michelle Austin

There are a variety of reasons why you may consider an abdominoplasty, or as it's more commonly known, a tummy tuck. Loose skin from aging, pregnancy, or dramatic weight loss can be a hassle to deal with. Loose skin can be uncomfortable and also make it difficult to wear certain types of clothing. If you are looking to get rid of excess skin, a tummy tuck is an operation that you may want to consider. Here's what you should be aware of when it comes to this procedure.

The Cost

The first thing that you will want to consider is your budget. Tummy tuck procedures can be pricey. Your costs will vary depending on the amount of skin and fat that needs to be removed, whether you need to stay in the hospital overnight, and the fees of your cosmetic surgeon. Typically you can expect to pay between $3,000 and $8,500 for this procedure. Since it's most often a cosmetic procedure, it's unlikely that your health insurance will cover much of the cost. Many cosmetic surgeons offer payment plans if you cannot afford the total cost upfront.

Recovery Time

Tummy tuck procedures do require extensive recovery. It's a major surgery and not something to take likely. Making sure that you are able to take time off from your daily activities in order to recover is a must. It will typically take between 1 and 2 weeks for you to be able to return to your normal activities. However, it can take 1 to 2 months before you feel back to normal and before you can return to exercising and other strenuous activities. How long recovery takes will depend on the extent of fat and skin removed as well as your overall health.

Result Length

The good news is that if you get a tummy tuck, the results are typically long lasting. However, weight gain and pregnancy can mean loose skin again even after a tummy tuck. It's recommended that you be close to your goal weight and not planning on any future pregnancies when getting a tummy tuck. It can also take some time for the scarring to fade. It can be anywhere from a few months to up to a year before the scars from this procedure fade and are less noticeable.

If you are considering a tummy tuck, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, costs can vary but usually you can expect to pay a few thousand for this procedure. Recovery time can also take a few weeks or even up to a few months. The good news is that as long as you maintain a stable weight, your results from this procedure will be long lasting.