Time for a tummy tuck?

Is it time for a tummy tuck? A couple of days ago, someone I am friends with on facebook posted asking if anyone knew if the NHS offer tummy tucks, or if they don't, how much one would be. This lady had a baby four months ago.

I posted that her best bet was exercise and a good diet but not to beat herself up because she hadn't long had a baby. When I looked at her status later, others had posted that if it was something she really wanted then she should save up, and that they cost about five grand.

Five grand. Five GRAND. That's five thousand pounds. To me, and I assume to most other people, this is a LOT OF MONEY. Sorry for shouting.

At this point I posted questioning what had happened to society?

It really got me thinking. Why are we so interested in quick fixes these days? When did it become the norm to eat what you want, get fat, then pay someone to cut you open, whip out your fat and sew you up skinny again? I'm being harsh on her I know. She had a baby so she's likely to weigh more now than she did before. But still. I've had babies and whilst I weight more than I'd like to, I have an OK diet but I do go to the gym a few times a week and I enjoy that I am fit. Yes, I'm not skinny by any means. I'm a size 14 and really want to get back into a 12, but I accept that will take hard work by me, and only me. I also held up Alyson as an amazing example of someone who has lost an outstanding amount of weight - a true inspiration to anyone else trying.

She ended up saying that she'd rather just have it done than try changing her (poor) diet and (no) exercise regime. Surely this will just be a waste of money then? If you can't be bothered to change when you need to then why would you change your diet once you were suddenly thin?

I appreciate that cosmetic procedures are necessary for some people and I'm not suggesting it shouldn't be available to those who need it. I just don't see why it appeals. For me, I couldn't ever imagine getting something like that, because what if something goes badly wrong, how could you ever forgive yourself for choosing to put yourself at risk?

Also, surely you couldn't have more children after a tummy tuck? Or is that just me being naive? This lady wants more children but clearly doesn't like being overweight.

What are your thoughts? Would you pay for a tummy tuck and take the easy option, over a good exercise regime and a healthy diet?