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As the third most popular procedure in the US in 2012, tummy tucks resolve abdominal bulge and are a standard procedure included in our mommy makeovers.
Every mother struggles with a different set of problems resulting from their pregnancies; stretch marks and bulges around the belly are some of the most common issues. We all know that each and every pregnancy is different, but so too is each and every tummy tuck.
It’s difficult to know what all your individual surgery needs should entail, and the best way to get this information is to schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon who offers the mommy makeover procedure. Some moms may not even need a tummy tuck, and may benefit from a single liposuction procedure while others may need a combination of both.
Regardless, the good news is that there are steps you can take before surgery to mentally prepare yourself.
Keep in Mind the End Result
You should know that weight loss is not a common result of a tummy tuck, only resulting in about 3-6 pounds total loss. Instead, tummy tucks are designed to remove excess, hanging skin and to tighten stretched muscles. The real results can been seen in your size and body contours.
Have a Strong Support System
Before your surgery, make sure you have a plan in place with loved ones and friends. You will need a good foundation of physical and mental support once you are home and recovering.
Take the time needed to fully heal and expect less of yourself. Overexerting yourself will only lengthen and prohibit your healing process. So, don’t go back to work too early and let others take care of you.
The healing process will take several weeks and you may not feel “normal” again for months. Be patient with your body. Distracting your mind with hobbies or things you find interesting, like movies or books, will help the time fly by.
Keep Close Communication
The most important step you can take is to stay in close contact with your plastic surgeon. Ask questions and don’t hesitate to communicate about the physical issues you might experience as well as the emotional ones.