A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure intended to tighten and reshape your abdominal area, giving you a slimmer mid-section. This operation will help to strengthen the abdominal muscles, remove sagging excess skin, and correct the protrusion of the abdomen. While a tummy tuck is fairly straightforward and your surgeon is going to walk you through the process, these four tummy tuck secrets answer some of your tummy tucks questions.

The first thing, you can understand about a tummy tuck is that it will not drastically decrease the number on your scale because it is not a form of weight loss. That is why don’t expect to lose so much weight. Although you may drop a few pounds after the operation, a tummy tuck is intended for those at or near their ideal body weight. A tummy tuck is a contouring operation, and while the weight isn’t going to decrease, the tape measure around the waist is likely to shrink, and so is the size of your pant.

The second thing, your surgeon may suggest adding liposuction. Don’t be surprised if your plastic surgeon advises that you add liposuction during your tummy tuck consultation. This is a common combo treatment, as a tummy tuck alone can produce unnatural bulges on your hips or minimize your definition. Adding liposuction makes it easier for a plastic surgeon to reshape and contour your midsection, giving you the curves and results you want. By combining the treatment, you have only one recovery period and you get the advantages of both.

The third thing, you will need help at home and may not stand upright at first. A tummy tuck is typically an outpatient procedure. This means that after your operation, you can go home for rehabilitation. It’s a good idea to plan for this by making someone stay home with you for the first few days of a week. Since the abdominal muscles are addressed by the tummy tuck, you are likely to have trouble moving and staying upright. You may need help to stand and sit for the first few days, and you may be told not to stand upright for the first four to six weeks. Making a dedicated recovery area and having someone help around the house will make a difference when you’re recovering.

Lastly, a tummy tuck can offer more than just cosmetic benefits. A tummy tuck is intended to enhance your curves and reduce your waistline, but it can also have medical benefits. Back pain and urinary incontinence can arise after you have children. This is mostly attributed to rectus diastasis, or to the space between the rectus muscles that occurs after childbirth. Since the tummy tuck addresses and repairs the abdominal muscles, many women experience decreased back pain, reduced swelling, and increased core stability. Not only can a tummy tuck help you achieve the curves you like, but it can also make you feel better every day.

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