Cosmetic surgery has become increasingly popular in the U.S. over the last few years. In 2016 alone, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) reported that Americans spent more than $15 billion on surgical and nonsurgical aesthetic procedures, accounting for an 11% increase over the past year.

One of the most popular procedures performed is abdominoplasty, more commonly known as a “tummy tuck.” This procedure removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen to create a more slim look.

Getting a tummy tuck sounds great. After all, who doesn’t want to get rid of their excess fat? While this cosmetic surgery can be an excellent choice for the right candidate, be sure you do your research before scheduling an appointment. Here are several things you should look into before getting a tummy tuck.

A Tummy Tuck Will Take Time to Heal

Although it is not brain surgery, a tummy tuck, like any plastic surgery, is still a major surgical procedure that will take about two to three weeks to heal. During this time, it is important to rest and focus on recovering. You will also need some assistance during this time to perform basic household chores and handle children, at least for the first few weeks. Although this might sound like a hassle, the recovery period is only a few weeks, which is relatively short compared to how long this cosmetic surgery will make you look and feel good!

You’ll Likely Have a Scar

Your plastic surgeon will do their best to prevent a scar from forming, but there is a good chance that one will form. This scar will form along the incision site for the tummy tuck, stretching from hip to hip right above the pubic bone. The scar can fade slightly over time, but will most likely always be present. Thankfully, a skilled plastic surgeon knows that a scar might form, and is careful to make the incision in an area that can be well-concealed by underclothes.

Tummy Tucks Can’t Replace Weight Loss

While a tummy tuck is a wonderful way to make you look and feel great about yourself, it does not aid in weight loss. Instead, tummy tucks are used as contouring procedures to make you look slimmer and reduce excess skin on your abdomen. This means that tummy tucks are best done after you have lost weight and have maintained a steady weight since.

Having cosmetic surgery done is a popular way to look better and gain self- confidence. Although you should keep these facts in mind when scheduling your tummy tuck, don’t let them stop you from getting the results you’ve been waiting for!