Did you know?
Transforming your tummy comes with some known and not so well-known risks that you need to educate yourself about when you start to consider having a tummy tuck. Some additional things you should know before you commit to surgery are:
1. A tummy tuck shouldn’t be performed at the same time as a C-section.
Despite the fact that the scars may be similar, a tummy tuck procedure and a C-section are two totally different surgeries that should not be performed simultaneously. When you’re pregnant, there is a surge of hormones, fluid and weight—it’s hard to decipher how much fat was the result of pregnancy, how much will be lost and how slack the skin really is. Any doctor who offers to perform a tummy tuck directly after a patient has given birth should be viewed with extreme caution. “You really need to wait a good six months and let your body heal before considering any type of surgery,” says Salt Lake City, UT, plastic surgeon Renato Saltz, MD.
2. You may have a smaller appetite.
After the muscles have been tightened, it’s common to feel an internal tightness in the stomach that temporarily can restrict your appetite. “A lot of patients don’t eat as much for the first three to six months post-procedure and even lose more weight after the surgery,” says Great Neck, NY, plastic surgeon Kevin Tehrani, MD.
3. You may experience some numbness post-procedure.
While not all tummy tuck patients feel burning or numbness, Dr. Renato Saltz says that it’s the result of trauma to the small sensory nerves, which usually happens after any type of surgery, cosmetic or not, to this area. “The nerves naturally repair themselves, which can take upward of a year,” says Marlton, NJ, plastic surgeon Evan Sorokin, MD.
4. Your doctor may suggest liposuction to the surrounding areas
Since the waistline, hips, thighs and pubic area all border the stomach, it is routine for them to be addressed if you’re having your stomach operated on, too. “You don’t want to have this really flat, tight stomach and heavy saddlebags or thighs or heaviness in the pubic area,” says Dr. Evan Sorokin. The main goal is to create a streamlined look, which is why it’s important that those parts of the body are taken into consideration. “That’s why we almost always do lipo in those areas.” And you won’t need an additional incision since your doctor can use your tummy tuck incision.