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The Dos and Don’ts of Getting a Tummy Tuck MARK A. SCHUSTERMAN, MD, FACS

Fellow of the American College of Surgeons American Society of Plastic Surgeons American Board of Plastic Surgery American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery American Board of Cosmetic Surgery Association of American Physicians and Surgeons Texas Surgical Society Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons

Are you thinking of joining the thousands of satisfied men and women who have received successful tummy tucks? With the tummy tuck Houston procedure, you can flatten your stomach to get the shape and the body you’ve always desired. And once that happens, you can feel more comfortable with your body, and you could get your confidence back.

Of course, there are some dos and don’ts to getting a tummy tuck. Make sure you follow these simple tips for success.

Do find an experienced plastic surgeon. You want to make sure you choose a tummy tuck surgeon who has a great reputation and who has a wealth of experience getting positive results. Take the time to read up on the plastic surgeon’s credentials, and if you want to know more, schedule a free consultation with them.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions. The decision to get a tummy tuck is something you need to take very seriously. It’s a surgical procedure that’s often performed at the same time as liposuction, and as such, you need to make sure you have all the information you need to decide whether or not it’s right for you. Don’t be intimated. There is no such thing as a stupid question. Ask your plastic surgeon everything you can think of.

Do know what to expect for healing. Remember, this is a surgery, and there will be recovery. The actual tummy tuck procedure takes anywhere from two to five hours, and in some cases, you may have to stay in the hospital overnight. You’ll take pain meds for a few days following the surgery, and you should plan on missing about a week of work. After six weeks, you should be able to resume normal exercising.

Don’t overlook the importance of diet and exercise. Just because you got a tummy tuck doesn’t mean you’ll stay skinny your whole life. The results can be permanent, but you have to do your part. That means eating right and exercising regularly. Just make sure you wait at least six weeks after your tummy tuck surgery before you resume exercising.

Do wait until after childbearing to get a tummy tuck. Pregnancy can undo the results of your tummy tuck because it stretches the skin back out. That’s why it’s best to make sure you’re done with childbearing before you get your tummy tuck.

If you’re considering getting a tummy tuck, let an experienced Houston plastic surgeon guide you through the process so you can get on the path to a better you.

Contact us today to schedule your appointment with the renowned plastic surgeon and breast & body specialist Dr. Mark Schusterman. Take your first steps to a more beautiful you.

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