My friend keeps telling me NOT to have a tummy tuck…

If you are considering a tummy tuck, you may find it useful talking it through with friends and family. People that know you tend to ask pertinent questions, forcing you to be honest about your decision – and being honest with yourself is very important in making the right cosmetic surgery choices and, ultimately, being happy with the outcome. While it would be preferable to have everyone’s backing, it is not unusual to hear some voices of concern. Frequently heard at Mr Maisam Fazel’s Essex tummy tuck clinic is ‘my friend/mum/husband thinks I’m crazy!’ Reasons commonly given are ‘we like you the way you are’ and ‘isn’t cosmetic surgery risky?’

Negative voices have their use

An opposing voice is helpful as it forces you to consider issues you may have chosen to bury your head about, keeping your eyes firmly on the prize; issues such as how you will feel about the size of an abdominoplasty scar, or how well will you tolerate the discomfort in the days after the procedure. During a tummy tuck consultation with Essex-based surgeon Mr Maisam Fazel, you will discuss all aspects of surgery so that you have the full picture.

How can I convince her a tummy tuck is right for me?

In an ideal world, your friend will change her mind and support you along your tummy tuck journey – if, indeed, it is the right thing for you. However, your job is not to make her comfortable with the decision but to ensure that you are. Talk her through the following points: do I know what it the whole process involves? Have I found a good surgeon whom I trust? Do I understand the risks and side effects? Have I got realistic expectations of the changes a tummy tuck will make to my body and my life in general? If you feel convinced about your answers, then you are well on the way to making a confident decision for yourself.

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