Loose skin is something that millions of Americans have to deal with. The stomach is one area where loose skin is very common. Significant weight gain followed by weight loss and also pregnancy are common culprits for loose skin. For many, loose skin is unsightly and can have an impact on how clothes fit. Getting rid of this loose skin is a possibility. If you are bothered by loose skin on the stomach, an abdominoplasty, or better known as a tummy tuck, may be a good option. Here are three things that you should know before getting this procedure.
Stable Weight Is Important
The first thing that you should consider before getting a tummy tuck is whether or not your weight is stable. Gaining and losing weight can lead to a loss of elasticity even after an abdominoplasty. Before getting a tummy tuck it's recommended that you be within 10 to 15 pounds of your desired weight for at least six to twelve months. Weight fluctuations can have a negative impact on your results and may lead to the need for more procedures in the future.
Another thing to consider before this procedure is the cost. A tummy tuck is a specialized cosmetic surgery that requires significant downtime. It's also a procedure that costs thousands of dollars. On average, you can expect to pay between $3,000 and $8,500. Factors that can have an impact on price include the amount of excess skin and fat that need to be removed, whether the underlying muscles need to be pulled tighter, and the fees of the cosmetic surgeon. The surgery itself typically takes between two and five hours total.
Recovery Can Be Difficult
It's also important to consider recovery time before scheduling this procedure. A tummy tuck can require a lengthy recovery time and also leaves visible scarring on your abdomen. Recovery time varies from person to person depending on how much fat and skin is removed, age, and overall health. You will need to avoid strenuous activity and wear a special abdominal binder for at least 6 weeks after surgery. Full recovery will likely take months. If you are planning on getting this procedure, it's important to make sure that you are able to take enough time for your recovery.
If you are getting a tummy tuck, there are a few things that you should be aware of. First, keeping a stable weight is a must. You want to be within a few pounds of your ideal weight before getting this procedure. Costs are also typically in the thousands of dollars. Recovery time is also lengthy and it can take months before you are fully healed.