Every year, thousands of people undergo tummy tucks or abdominoplasty surgery to improve the appearance of their midsections. In fact, as more and more people have realized the benefits that this surgery can provide, it has become more and more popular.
Despite its popularity however, there are still many myths about this procedure. Here are five of the most common myths and the truth behind them.
Myth #1: A tummy tuck will help me lose weight
The purpose of a tummy tuck is not weight loss. While it is true that as much as ten pounds of skin and fat may be removed, patients will likely be disappointed if weight loss is their expectation. For those who have already lost a great deal of weight and now have sagging skin as a result, abominoplasty is a good option.
It is recommended that patients be as close to their ideal weight as possible before having the surgery.
Myth #2: A tummy tuck will get rid of my stretch marks
Tummy tucks are a common operation for women who have separated abdominal muscles or diastasis recti as a result of past pregnancies. The purpose of the operation however, is to remove excess skin and tighten the muscles and not to remove stretch marks.
Stretch marks that are located below the belly button may be removed but those that are above the belly button will not be.
Myth #3: I won’t be able to have any more children after a tummy tuck
While it is recommended that women wait until they are finished having children before they have abdominoplasty surgery, a tummy tuck will not prevent you from having more children. The reason why women are recommended to wait is that by becoming pregnant, they could undo the results of the surgery.
Should you change your mind and wish to have another child, having had a tummy tuck will not stop you. It may mean however, that you will have to have another tummy tuck in the future to get your pre-pregnancy figure back.
Myth #4: I can’t combine liposuction with a tummy tuck
Surgeon’s often combine tummy tucks with liposuction to help their patients get the best results possible. This can help to achieve results that a tummy tuck on its own may not.
Myth #5: I will need drainage tubes after my tummy tuck
Whether or not you require drains will depend on the technique that your surgeon will use for your operation. Put simply, not all tummy tuck patients require drains. During your consultation, talk to your surgeon about how he will perform the operations and whether drains will be necessary.
Separating the myths from the facts is critical when it comes to making an informed decision about abdominoplasty surgery. If you would like to get more facts or schedule a consultation in Toronto, contact the offices of Edelstein Cosmetic. Both Dr Jerome Edelstein and Dr Kunaal Jindal will be pleased to answer any questions you may have and give you the information you need to make the decision that is right for you.
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