How do you decide if you’re ready to have a tummy tuck? First you’ll want to think about tummy tuck questions to ask your surgeon.
Before you have your consultation, it’s a good idea to write out all of your questions for the doctor. By doing this, you’ll ensure that you get all of your questions answered and can make an informed decision about tummy tuck surgery.
Here are five tummy tuck questions to ask your plastic surgeon:
#1: Are you board certified?
These days the terms plastic surgeon and cosmetic surgeon are thrown around a lot. But, are they really interchangeable? The answer is no.
Perhaps you’ve heard about a tummy tuck surgeon or found a website that looks nice. Does that mean your research stops there? Again, the answer is no.
You deserve expert guidance and exceptional results, so it’s good to be thorough in your research. The most important thing is selecting a surgeon you can trust.
You can expect exceptional results when you have your procedures performed by plastic surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) and who are members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).
These specially trained doctors have at least six years of surgical training and experience, with a minimum of three years of plastic surgery. They have passed many examinations and adhere to a strict code of medical ethics.
In addition to the main question regarding certification, here are a few more questions to ask:
- Are you specifically trained in the field of plastic surgery?
- How many years of plastic surgery training have you had?
- How many years have you been practicing?
- Do you have hospital privileges?
- Is your office’s surgical facility accredited by a national agency?
#2: Is this surgery right for me?
This section covers a few questions to ask when determining if surgery is right for you.
First, you want to know upfront if you are a good candidate for the procedure. This is important for your overall results.
Another good question to ask is what will be expected of you to get the best results. For example, should you follow an exercise routine after surgery?
You also want to know where and how the procedure will be performed and what surgical technique will be used.
Lastly, you want to know about the risks and potential complications and how they’ll be handled.
#3: What is my recovery time?
You want to ask how long you’ll need to take off from work and other activities. You may want to know when you can resume exercise or intimate relations.
It’s also helpful to know how much help you’ll need after surgery.
When it comes to plastic surgery, be upfront with your surgeon about the time you have to dedicate to your recovery. Address this with your surgeon so you can decide the best time for your surgery. You’ll want to listen to and follow your doctor’s advice for the best results.
#4: What results should I expect?
Most patients want a natural look from their tummy tuck procedure. Speak with your plastic surgeon about your desired results and what you can expect after surgery.
Ask to see before and after photos from previous surgeries or view the physician’s website for more photos.
You should also ask about your long-term results. You want to know how your stomach will look over time or even after pregnancy.
#5: Are there financing options?
Many surgeons offer financing options to help patients afford their desired procedures. Make sure to ask about any of these options to determine if your procedure fits into your budget.
Ultimately, the decision to undergo tummy tuck surgery is yours.
Yet it is often best to bring your significant other with you to your consultation. Attending together can help ease your partner’s concerns and help ensure everyone is on the same page when it comes to tummy tuck surgery, pain management, recovery time and your results.
If you’re interested in tummy tuck surgery, you may request a consultation with one of our board certified plastic surgeons by clicking below or calling us at 316-688-7500. We’d love to discuss your plastic surgery options with you.