As a tummy tuck candidate, you have a responsibility to yourself to do your homework about the procedure and your choice of surgeon, and come up with a list of questions to ask during your consultation. According to tummy tuck surgeons Samuel Pearl and Alexander Ereso, some of the essential questions to ask your surgeon include the following:
- Are you board certified?
You should only work with a surgeon that is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. They have the training, experience and set of skills necessary for safe, successful results.
- Where do you perform tummy tuck surgery?
Your tummy tuck surgery should take place in a state-of-the-art hospital or surgery center that is accredited by an organization like the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities.
- Can I see before-and-after photographs of your patients?
Reputable tummy tuck surgeons should have a gallery of patient images to give you an idea of the quality of their work.
- Can I read reviews written by your patients?
Reading reviews written by your surgeon’s patients can familiarize you with their bedside manner, their staff and their office environment.
- Am I a good candidate for tummy tuck?
Based on your health, medical history and treatment goals, your surgeon should articulate whether tummy tuck can give you the results you want.
- What will my treatment entail?
Ask your tummy tuck surgeon to explain how they will approach your case and what is included in the surgery. For example, will they repair your abdominal muscles, or incorporate liposuction into your surgery? Where will the incisions be placed?
- What are the risks of surgery?
Your surgeon should explain the potential risks and complications so you have all the information you need to make decisions about your care.
- What is the recovery process like?
Inquire as to how long the recovery from tummy tuck is, and what type of restrictions you will have as you recover.
- When will I see my results?
Most candidates like to have a general timeline of when they can expect to see noticeable results after surgery.
- Will I have scarring from surgery?
Every surgical procedure leaves a scar. Your tummy tuck surgeon can explain where your scar will be located and how well it will fade over time.
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