So you've decided to take the step and speak with a certified plastic surgeon about potentially undergoing a tummy tuck. Before you head off to the doctor's office, sit down and write out a list of a few questions you might want to ask your surgeon. After all, the whole point of a consultation is to educate you so that you can walk away with all the information you need to make an informed decision. Here are a few questions to get you going.
Am I a good candidate for a tummy tuck?
The first question you'll need to ask is whether or not a tummy tuck is right for you. Most people who are considering a tummy tuck have either lost a significant amount of weight, or recently undergone liposuction. A tummy tuck can help reduce the sagging skin left behind after weight loss. If you're looking for a slimmer shape, you may need to discuss other procedures.
In addition, your surgeon will most likely ask you questions about your physical health to see if you are a good candidate for the procedure. Like all surgeries, it's best if the patient is in good physical shape, doesn't smoke and maintains a healthy lifestyle.
What will I need to do to prepare for surgery?
If you are indeed a good candidate for the surgery, then you'll want to ask questions about preparing for the surgery. Your doctor will likely ask you to quit smoking well before the procedure as well as during your recovery time. He or she will also ask about any medications you may be taking and will let you know if you need to adjust them in order to prepare to go under the knife.
Tummy tuck costs may also come up during this part of the conversation. Many patients find they need to set aside money to cover the expense of the surgery. Your doctor can let you know how much you can expect to pay, and what, if any, payment plans are available.
What kind of results can I expect?
Of course, this is the big question that is at the forefront of many potential patients' minds. Knowing what you will look like after surgery is essential to being confident and happy with results. Unrealistic expectations will only lead to disappointment down the line, so be sure to ask to see tummy tuck photos from patients who have undergone the procedure with your surgeon. Your doctor can also likely describe what kind of results you can expect for your specific body type.