Real stories from real people can help other patients make a decision as to whether or not they wish to chance the procedure.
Here are a few real stories of tummy tuck procedures and how the patients fared and felt afterward.
All of the names were changed, but it does help other people get a good idea of what to expect.
had her first child when she was 32 and she felt that her genetically pear-shaped body was against her in the weight department by the time her second child was born.
She exercised religiously but nothing worked to get rid of the postnatal tummy pouch her children had left her with.
On top of that, her skin was now sagging.
In the interest of getting her pre-baby body back, Jainie began looking into liposuction and tummy tuck surgery.
She found a doctor in the area in which she lived and was told that she was a good candidate for the procedure.
Following her doctors instructions, Jainie prepared for the day of her surgery which included doing abdominal exercises to help tightly up the abs in preparation.
Jainie was released the same day as her surgery after being instructed on how to clean her incisions and drain her tubes.
She says, "Getting up and down to go to the bathroom was the hard part.
When I was standing, a sweat would take over my body, I would get dizzy, and feel nauseas.
I couldn't stand up straight.
My body was sore and achy.
I slept with several pillows that supported every joint in my body.
We borrowed a potty seat lift that made it easy to go to the bathroom.
Sometimes the potty seat was the most comfortable place to sit.
" She kept up with her doctor's advice and by eight weeks after the surgery, she had gone down two sizes in her clothing.
When asked if she would do it again, Jainie had this to say, "Yes! I marvel at my flat tummy every time I shower or put on clothes.
I am glad to say good bye to those nasty stretch marks.
I love the fact that my bra isn't chaffing me anymore because of all of that excess skin.
I don't miss those bread box hips at all.
" Of course, not everyone has it as easy as Jainie S.
Here is what another tummy tuck patient - who asked to have her name withheld - had to say about the post operative days: "I was in more pain than I expected and I was not prepared for the post op hunch over and back pain.
The end result was definitely worth it, but you should be prepared to let yourself heal.
It does not come over night.
" There are only two examples of real life patients who have had a tummy tuck procedure.
Before making a final decision on surgery, patients should always research in detail the procedure, how others made out, and information on the success rate of the doctor that is chosen.
Due diligence will make all the difference in the world in determining whether or not patients should have the surgery.