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5 Tummy Tuck Fears That Are Perfectly Normal

Tummy Tuck Specialist in Albany, NY shares common concerns.

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.

Before and after results of tummy tuck performed in Albany, NY

Before (left) versus After (right)

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.


11 Responses to 5 Tummy Tuck Fears That Are Perfectly Normal

  1. Chinmayi says:

    Thanks for post, really many are worried after researching the procedure online. Your post gives solution for all patients. I was confused and worried about my surgery. Am planning to have my tummy tuck at theNewyou Hyderabad.

    • Staff at The Plastic Surgery Group says:

      We’re so happy to hear our blog post put your mind at ease. We wish you all the best with your procedure!
      -The Plastic Surgery Group

  2. Kody Loveless says:

    Thanks for the tips. My wife has been looking at getting a tummy tuck. She has been concerned about the pain, and also how long it would take to recover. I had no idea it could only take a couple of weeks. That does not sound so bad. Of course, it is nice that they will help manage any pain or discomfort after the surgery. I will have to show this to my wife.

    • Staff at The Plastic Surgery Group says:

      Thanks for reading & sharing! The incredible results achieved by a tummy tuck far outweigh the minimal discomfort experienced. If you/your wife have any questions along the way, don’t hesitate to reach out!
      -The Plastic Surgery Group

    • Staff at The Plastic Surgery Group says:

      We’re so happy to hear you found our post helpful. We hope your mom does too!

  3. Vickie says:

    Don’t expect to be recovered in two weeks , very unlikely . I’m in my third week of recovery and I don’t feel able to leave my house . I have several friends that have experienced long healing time . Plan on six weeks .

    • Staff at The Plastic Surgery Group says:

      Hi Vickie,
      Thanks so much for sharing your insight. We recommend patients take, at least, 2 weeks off of work to relax during the initial stages of recovery. As you mentioned, full recovery takes a bit longer.

  4. Tavia sears says:

    I had a tummy tuck performed in Texas and am 14 days post op revision. At this point, l’m having some swelling again and getting discouraged about my recovery. Since my revision, I’ve done everything my Dr has asked but not getting the results that I was aiming for.
    My doctor just tells me to give it more time and keep my binder on tight and continue wearing it 24/7! ☹️

    • Staff at The Plastic Surgery Group says:

      Hi Tavia,

      We’re sorry to hear about your recovery experience. Hopefully you have made a full recovery at this point and are enjoying your results!

  5. Nancy says:

    I am 7 weeks post op, still not lifting heavy things and tire, easily, best thing for me is doing my errands early in the day and resting when needed, I also know if I push myself too hard I get grumpy.

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