Life changes such as pregnancy and extreme weight loss can be fulfilling, but unfortunately they often leave people with excess skin that can make life difficult. However, thanks to medical advances in plastic surgery, they can achieve the body that diet and exercise can sometimes not provide.
Despite the advantages of procedures such as tummy tuck and body contouring, there are many things to take into consideration before going under the knife, Desert News reports. For starters, some people may be concerned about the cost of a tummy tuck, because it may not be covered by insurance . While some companies may cover the procedure after gastric bypass surgery, that is not always the case.
In addition to the price, prospective patients should be wary of unqualified surgeons. Anybody considering a tummy tuck should make a point to check the credentials of their surgeon before meeting with them.
"Unfortunately what it comes down to is that cosmetic surgery is a huge market. There's a large demand for it and there are a lot of people willing to spend money on it and therefore there are people looking to capitalize on that," one Utah plastic surgeon told the newspaper.
Tummy tucks remain one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries, according to statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. In 2009, there were more than 115,000 such surgeries performed in the U.S.