Patients considering tummy tuck surgery at our Albany, New York practice arrive at their consultations better educated about the procedure than ever before. But even though they are excited about the dramatic changes a tummy tuck can bring, many patients become worried after researching the procedure online.
It’s normal to be anxious or hesitant about getting a tummy tuck, but I often find that patients become much more comfortable with the idea once I alleviate their concerns. Here are the 5 things patients usually want to know about:
1. Potential complications: Complications can happen with any surgery, but they are rare for tummy tucks when the procedure is performed by an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon. Our surgeons have collectively performed several hundred successful tummy tucks, and it’s also important to note that we provide patients with detailed postsurgical instructions — with the specific goal of minimizing the possibility of complications.
2. Pain and discomfort: Yes, you will feel pain and discomfort. However, managing your pain and helping you to feel as comfortable as possible after your tummy tuck is one of our top priorities. Surgeons prescribe medication to help minimize discomfort and make the recovery period more tolerable.
3. Lengthy recovery: Patients are often concerned about the healing process taking longer than expected. Our best advice: Take 2 weeks off. By planning to take off enough time from work, you can reduce the stress that patients sometimes experience about not healing “fast enough.” Healing occurs at a different pace for each patient — and trying to do too much, too soon is often the reason for longer recoveries.
4. Cost: Because the cost of elective plastic surgery can be an obstacle for some patients, our practice offers patient financing through CareCredit to help make cosmetic surgery accessible to as many people as possible. The price of a tummy tuck is typically between $7,000 and $8,000.
5. Burden on the family: Many of our tummy tuck patients are moms with young children at home. They may feel like it’s not the right time for undergoing the procedure, but they don’t want to wait years for their kids to get older. In most cases, spouses, other family members, and friends can provide the necessary support system to help out if they understand what’s expected prior to the surgery. Planning your anticipated postsurgical needs is a great way to lessen the stress you might feel prior to a tummy tuck.
If I haven’t addressed your concern here, we’ve also compiled a list of common questions and answers on our Tummy Tuck FAQ page. After all, as you consider the procedure, you deserve peace of mind.