Tummy Tuck Misconceptions You Need To Know Before The Surgery

Posted on: 29 June 2018

For people who have issues with flabby skin and fatty tissue around their midsection, it can make everything about your self-esteem take a dive. A tummy tuck is an ideal solution for those who cannot get a toned and tightened midsection no matter what they eat or do at the gym. However, this well-known procedure is associated with a lot of misconceptions. Here is a short list of those untruths and the real facts you should know before the surgery. 

Misconception: Liposuction is always part of a tummy tuck.  

It is true that liposuction and a tummy tuck may be recommended concurrently. However, just because you have a tummy tuck, it will not necessarily mean liposuction will be involved. For the most part, liposuction will only be necessary if the removal of excess skin will not completely eradicate the present fatty tissue or if the liposuction will be necessary to achieve a more natural shape around your midsection. 

Misconception: Every cosmetic surgeon will do a tummy tuck.

A tummy tuck is a highly complex and invasive procedure and is best reserved for those surgeons who have been properly trained and boast the most experience. Therefore, not every cosmetic surgeon will feel comfortable with doing a tummy tuck. Because of this, it is always best to look for surgeons who specifically specialize in tummy tuck procedures. 

Misconception: Insurance will never pay for a tummy tuck. 

Most of the time, health insurance will not cover elective procedures, and a tummy tuck is usually just that; something you opt to have done and not something that is necessary. However, that is not to say that health insurance will never cover a tummy tuck procedure on some level. For example, a patient who had weight loss surgery and is left with loads of drooping skin around their midsection may actually qualify to have the tummy tuck covered by their health insurance. This is because having all of the excess skin can actually cause physical problems, such as vulnerability to skin infections. 

Misconception: A tummy tuck procedure may leave you needing a breast lift. 

When the skin around your midsection is tightened, it is natural to assume that it could pull the skin around your breasts downward, but this is actually not the case. Many people do opt to have breast augmentation as well as a tummy tuck, but not because the tummy tuck caused any change to their breasts; it is just a matter of wanting a more comprehensive body improvement.