What to ask during tummy tuck consultation

June 14, 2012 Comments Off on What to ask during tummy tuck consultation

Abdominoplasty, more commonly referred to as a tummy tuck, is one of the more popular plastic surgeries. The procedure can help reduce excess fat and loose skin that dieting and exercise alone can't. To help ensure the procedure is as beneficial as it can be, prospective patients should come to the consultation equipped with many questions for the surgeon in mind.

Ask about the surgeon's experience

Perhaps most important, You should feel confident about the surgeon's ability to perform the tummy tuck procedure. There are a number of ways to get a feeling for their skill. First, you should ask them about their board certification, since only doctors who are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery are cleared to perform the surgery.

Board certification is not the only indicator of a surgeon's expertise. You should ask them how frequently they perform the tummy tuck procedure and also to take a look at some of their before and after photos to get a sense for their typical results.

Ask about the procedure

Along with determining how qualified your surgeon is, you should include some questions about the procedure itself. Although you should do some research ahead of time, make sure to ask them about how to prepare for the surgery and what the best course of action is the night ahead of your appointment.

You should also discuss the specifics of the surgery. Knowing what your surgeon will do may help ease some of your concerns about going under the knife.

Ask about recovery

There's a wealth of information available about tummy tuck recovery, but you should also get your surgeon's view on the topic. Ask them if they have any specific tips to lessen the recovery time, and how long you should wait before resuming your normal activities.

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