Many people think a tummy tuck is for anyone, but there are a few requirements that are needed in order to get the best results. In fact, men and women must be in good health in order to undergo a tummy tuck. While tummy tuck is not a dangerous procedure, most doctors require their patients to live a healthy lifestyle to reduce the risk of complications and ensure that the effects of the tummy tuck are not reversed. For this reason, candidates must not smoke and have no significant medical conditions.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, liposuction was the fourth most popular cosmetic surgical procedure performed in the United States in 2012. A total of 202,000 procedures were performed that year.
Since plastic surgery is generally considered to be elective by most insurance companies, it is very rare that an insurance company will cover of the costs of these procedures. In some situations, however, if there is a proven medical need for the plastic surgery, some insurance policies will cover them. However, the patient going in for the procedure will have to prove to the insurance company that the surgery is necessary for the physical or (in rare cases) mental health of the individual.
Most patients will experience some degree of swelling after plastic surgery. In general, this is completely normal and indicates the body’s natural response to surgery or injury. Many people believe that swelling is an indication of excess blood in the region, but if there is no bruise to accompany the swelling, it may simply be an accumulation of other fluids. While swelling does not always indicate a problem, it can be uncomfortable, painful, and annoying, so most patients will look for a way to reduce this swelling.
Patients who choose to undergo breast augmentation surgery are invariably eager to show off their new figure to friends and family as soon as possible following surgery. However, they may not understand that, as with any surgical procedure, there is a recovery period and it takes time before the breasts settle into their final position and shape. Dr. John Griffin believes that it is important not only for patients to understand the final outcome of their procedure, but that they also understand the healing timeline necessary following a breast augmentation procedure.