With age comes wisdom, welcomed responsibility, the tools to achieve your goals and larger numbers of dreams fulfilled. Age also brings challenges, including stress and a struggle to lose unwanted inches and pounds, particularly in the abdomen area. Although some women can avoid making worry a daily habit, no woman has completely avoided facing at least one challenge in her lifetime.
For millions of women, that challenge has to do with her body. As the Daily Mail says, "Every woman has stubborn fat she just can’t shift — whether it’s love handles, plump knees or chunky thighs. Some of us obsess over our bingo wings, while others know their stomachs will never be flat, however many diets they try."
Tummy tuck surgical procedures are helping women get the firmer, smoother stomach they want. Since tummy tuck procedures have become popular in the U.S., especially in NYC, the numbers of plastic surgeons doing the work has increased. For this reason, it's important to do a little background work before contracting with a specific plastic surgeon.
Find out how many tummy tucks in NYC procedures surgeons you're thinking about working with have performed. For example, some plastic surgeons have performed hundreds of the procedures, while other surgeons have only performed a dozen tummy tucks.
This is important because experience levels plastic surgeons have may impact your preparation steps. Generally, to prepare for a tummy tuck in a city like NYC, you will review written materials your plastic surgeon gives you after your initial consultations. Stop smoking six weeks or longer before the surgery, as smoking increases the chances that you'll experience complications during surgery. Smoking can also slow your recovery time.
Instead of going on a crash diet or starving yourself in effort to lose a lot of weight before you get a tummy tuck, focus on eating healthy meals and drinking plenty of fresh water. Your plastic surgeon will probably advise you to wear loose clothes to the surgery. This can reduce the soreness and discomfort you experience post surgery.
According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), the actual technique or surgical procedure, "Generally, a horizontal incision is placed just within or above the pubic area. When patients have loose skin above the navel, the plastic surgeon may make an incision around the navel so that redundant skin above it can be pulled down. The procedure may include tightening of the underlying abdominal muscles using sutures."
Before getting the surgery, ask to take several days off from work. As a safe bet, you may want to take a week off from work. This is generally enough time to recover fully post procedure. Rather than spending the time away from work running around completing errands or checking work emails from home, truly rest. It can speed up the time it takes you to recover.
Also, let your family know that you are having the surgery. Ask them for support during your recovery, especially if you have young children to care for at home. You may have plenty of time, years, to enjoy your new figure, fitting into clothes you may have spent years only dreaming about wearing comfortably.