Anyone who undergoes a surgical procedure will need to set realistic expectations of what it will feel and look like once it’s done.
However, body augmentation surgeries seem to be clouded with misconceptions that might make you feel hesitant proceeding with the surgery.
At Cairns Plastic Surgery, we make it our mission to help educate prospective clients, to help ensure they have a clear, realistic, and transparent understanding of their chosen procedures, as well as the outcomes they may enjoy.
And if you’re considering a tummy tuck in Queensland, we suggest reading on, so you can work through these common misconceptions and have a clear understanding of the procedure and desired outcomes.
4 common misconceptions about tummy tucks
You may have seen a lot of people comparing tummy tuck before and after results and images. This might have given you a false or misleading expectation, or simply might leave you feeling ill-informed or confused.
At Cairns Plastic Surgery, we want you to know all the right information about tummy tucks.
We know this is an exciting time, but it can also be overwhelming and nerve wracking. We want to ensure that you get the answers to your questions, and feel confident that the questions in your mind have been put at ease after speaking with our team.
We will simply refuse to tell you what you want to hear. What we will do, though, is regard integrity, honesty, and transparency to its highest standard.
Myth #1: You will lose weight quickly with a tummy tuck
You may believe that a tummy tuck is a perfect weight-loss tool that removes all the fat in your belly.
However, this isn’t necessarily true, as the surgical procedure primarily focuses on removing sagging and loose skin on your stomach – not fat.
This is why it is strongly recommended that candidates are of a healthy weight. Tummy tuck surgery is NOT a weight loss surgery; it is very important that you understand that it is not a solution to shed some extra kgs.
Myth #2: A tummy tuck is only for older individuals
Who said that age is a predetermined factor for tummy tuck candidates?
Some factors to check whether you are a good candidate for the procedure is:
- Your overall health condition
- Your medical background
- Your lifestyle (such as if you have finished having children)
All of these factors determine the success of the procedure.
What qualifies you for a tummy tuck?
Before you think of getting back those flat abs and tight stomach, here are some factors that will make you the right candidate for an abdominoplasty:
- You are in good physical health
- You have lost a significant amount of weight and have loose, sagging skin
- You understand the risks and have realistic expectations following surgery
Myth #3: Tummy tucks and liposuction are the same
You may think that a tummy tuck and liposuction are the same or very similar, but as we mentioned above, tummy tuck surgery is not a substitute for weight loss.
Where liposuction involves removing excess fat, tummy tuck concentrates on tightening and removing loose skin, resulting in a flatter and more contoured stomach.
Liposuction removes unwanted fat deposits from the body, such as on the hips, thighs, buttocks, and stomach.
While a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty removes excess skin that diet and exercise cannot achieve. Tummy tuck surgeries cannot correct stretch marks
So if your goal is to remove loose skin – and not to lose weight – then abdominoplasty may be for you.
How long do tummy tucks last?
Tummy tuck results are considered to be a permanent solution to reducing sagging skin.
However, there are factors that may affect results, such as:
- Your metabolism
- Hormonal issues
- Diet and lifestyle
Does fat come back after a tummy tuck?
Yes, fat can come back. Remember, tummy tuck is not a weight loss tool. Your lifestyle choices may impact results in the long term. In order to increase the chance of maintaining desirable results, we encourage you to maintain a healthy lifestyle and diet.
A lot of women have tummy tucks after their child bearing years once they know they will not get pregnant again.
Myth #4: Tummy tucks are dangerous
Every surgical procedure carries risks. If you have spoken to a plastic surgeon who has not discussed general surgery risks and specific risks of tummy tuck surgery, then we recommend walking away and finding another surgeon who offers honesty and transparency.
Having said that, here at Cairns Plastic Surgery, we prioritise each individual client’s experience. From your first contact with us right through to surgery day and post-surgery follow-up appointments, our focus is on you, your safety, your health, and the experience as a whole.
A tummy tuck in Townsville is done using advanced technology that focuses on patient safety.
There are a number of things to look for when choosing your plastic surgeon. Ensure you check if they:
- Are member of FRACS – Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
- Have excellent communication, answer your questions, and make you feel comfortable
- Have many years of experience and a proven track record
- Are able to tell you honestly about the outcomes of the procedure
How painful is a tummy tuck?
A tummy tuck is safe and will require you to undergo anaesthesia before the procedure.
You won’t feel anything during the tummy tuck procedure but will eventually feel some pain when you wake up from the surgery.
You may also experience discomfort pain during your post-surgery recovery. This can last for several weeks. It’s critical you follow the guidelines from your plastic surgeon following surgery.
If you have any questions or concerns during this important time of healing, never hesitate to call us. We are always here to help answer your questions and ensure recovery is going well.
Is a tummy tuck worth it?
Yes! If you’re unhappy with loose, sagging skin, and are finding it hard to shift even with exercise and a good diet, then a tummy tuck could be a fantastic solution for you.
Why not organise a no-strings conversation with a Cairns Plastic Surgery nurse to discuss your needs? During this confidential chat, we can answer your questions and help you understand if a tummy tuck at Cairns is the right surgery for you.
Dr Isolde Hertess and our team at Cairns understands that having a tummy tuck is a major decision that takes time to make. Rest assured, our team understands your concerns and questions that you have about the surgery, including tummy tuck surgery cost.