Tummy Tuck Myths and Truths

Tummy TuckIf you’ve ever considered having a tummy tuck, you’ve probably had little mini-arguments in your head using all of the stories and information you’ve heard about them over the years.

Don’t they hurt… what about the scar…?

With so many questions and fears over tummy tucks, I figured it was time to ask the experts! Today, a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon dispels several myths and gives us real information about tummy tucks:

Myth: A Tummy Tuck is super painful.

Fact: There are more sophisticated techniques available today that allow for a smoother recovery and more predictable results.

Myth: A Tummy Tuck is going to leave me with an unsightly giant scar that I will hate every time I put on a two piece suit!

Fact: When I perform a Tummy Tuck the scar that is left is a thin line that is well hidden beneath the bikini area.

Myth: If I gain weight in the years that follow my Tummy Tuck it will ruin my operation.

Truth: Even if the patient gains or loses 20 pounds the results of your Tummy Tuck will still like good. That is because a Tummy Tuck done correctly is not a weight loss operation. Instead it is a contouring procedure so despite weight gain the shape remains.

Myth: I should be at my “goal weight” before I have a tummy tuck.

Truth: As long as your current weight is within 10 percent of your goal weight (10 or 20 pounds from it) you still will realize an excellent result. Often a Tummy Tuck motivates patients to reach their goal weight as well.

Myth: I should wait until I am done having kids to get a Tummy Tuck.

Truth: I do advise my patients that for optimum results it is best to wait until they are finished having children to have a Tummy Tuck. However there are revisions I can do to restore a Tummy Tuck if a pregnancy ensues after surgery.

These great tips were provided by Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Jeffrey Donaldson of Donaldson Plastic Surgery.

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