A tummy tuck is a major surgical procedure. So, of course, it makes sense that you might have some concerns and worries about this surgery. With any surgery, including a tummy tuck, there are some risks involved. However, your risks will be minimized if you work with an experienced surgeon and follow the aftercare instructions closely. Keep reading to see some of the most common concerns about tummy tucks addressed.
Concern: You'll get nerve damage from the surgery
There is a tiny, tiny risk that you could suffer nerve damage during a tummy tuck, but it is very unlikely. This procedure focuses on the skin around the abdomen. The incisions made are still pretty superficial and are mostly centered over the front of the body. There simply are not a lot of large nerves here that the surgeon could hit. Nerve damage is far more of a concern with back surgery or spinal surgery, but truly not something worth worrying about with a tummy tuck.
Concern: You'll have significant scarring
You may be imagining a long scar stretching across your abdomen. Indeed, there will be a scar left after this procedure. However, it is usually far less obvious and bothersome than patients fear it will be. The surgeon typically does their best to place the incision low on the abdomen where it can easily be hidden under the average underwear or bathing suit bottom. While the scar will be fairly obvious for the first few months of your recovery, it will then begin to fade. Most scars are pretty thin and not too noticeable after a year or two. You can apply scar reduction creams to speed up the process, too.
Concern: You'll just gain the weight back after a tummy tuck
It is definitely possible to gain the weight back and stretch out your abdomen after a tummy tuck. However, you would have to gain a significant amount of weight back to completely stretch your skin and reverse the effects of the surgery. Your doctor can give you a diet and exercise plan to follow post-surgery to help ensure this does not happen, or they can even refer you to a dietitian and a personal trainer.
Hopefully, this article has given you some reassurance as your tummy tuck procedure approaches. Although knowing you're about to have surgery can be a little worrisome, most patients are really happy with their results once the procedure is over.