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Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) after Hysterectomy

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Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) after HysterectomyWhat do I need to know about a tummy tuck after hysterectomy?


After having a hysterectomy, some women decide to make changes in their lives as their health is restored and they feel well again. These changes can include a healthier lifestyle, new career, and even cosmetic surgery such as a tummy tuck.

Abdominoplasty, or a tummy tuck, is a surgery that can give you a flat abdomen by removing excess skin and fat. The abdominal wall muscles are also tightened to help create a firm, smooth belly. Some scars and stretch marks can also be removed during this surgery depending on their location and the amount of skin that will be removed.

When considering whether or not to have a tummy tuck, there are several important things to consider:
  • Costs
  • Risks
  • Weight loss plans
  • Overall health

COSTS

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons states that the average surgeon’s fee for tummy tuck in 2013 was $5,217*. Besides this fee, other costs include anesthesia, operating room, medications, and other expenses. The costs associated with a tummy tuck can vary widely depending on location, surgeon, medical facility, and your specific situation. In general, insurance companies do not cover cosmetic surgery such as tummy tuck nor any resulting complications.

RISKS

There are several risks involved in a tummy tuck including infection, bleeding, seroma, wound issues, blood clots, pain, scarring, loss of feeling, medication reactions, and anesthesia complications. In addition, there can be changes to the skin (discoloration, swelling, looseness), and the results may not be perfect.

WEIGHT LOSS PLANS

Having a stable weight is important for a successful tummy tuck. If you plan to lose weight in the future, it may be better to wait to have a tummy tuck. Weight loss could eliminate the issues for which you are considering a tummy tuck. In addition, if you do not believe you can maintain your weight, a tummy tuck may not be right for you. Weight gained after a tummy tuck may disproportionally settle in other areas, leaving you with a distorted body shape.

OVERALL HEALTH

A tummy tuck should not be considered unless your overall health is good. It is also best to be a non-smoker. When considering a tummy tuck, you should talk to your medical team about your overall health situation. Some conditions could prevent satisfactory results, increase complication risks, or affect healing. If you have any health concerns, you should discuss how they may impact the tummy tuck or be impacted by this cosmetic surgery.

Besides talking to your current medical team, meeting with more than one plastic surgeon can help you learn about your options, personal risks, and the costs. Having realistic expectations and realizing this is a major surgery are also essential for a positive outcome if you choose to have a tummy tuck.

*The American Society of Plastic Surgeons

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

07-25-2014 - 05:16 PM


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