Any surgery is a big decision, and it’s important to have all the information you need upfront to make a decision. If you have sagging skin after losing weight or having a baby, you may consider undergoing an abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck procedure. Before having a consultation, make sure you have thought of all the questions you need to ask your doctor in order to make an informed decision.
Here are a few questions you should consider before your tummy tuck:
1. Is your plastic surgeon board certified?
You may have heard about your plastic surgeon on the radio or from your best friend. Or you may have searched for a plastic surgeon in your area and found a website that looked reputable. However, you should make sure your surgeon is board certified, meaning he or she has undergone the mandatory minimum of three years of general surgical training and two years of plastic surgery training, passed comprehensive written and oral examinations, and adhered to a strict code of medical ethics. To verify if your surgeon is board certified, visit the American Board of Plastic Surgery website at www.abplsurg.org.
2. Are there financing options available for this procedure?
Plastic surgery isn’t cheap, but many surgeons offer financing options to help patients afford the procedures they want to have. Procedures have become more affordable for most budgets in the last few years, and asking your plastic surgeon about any available financing options may make it easier for you to determine if your desired procedure fits in your budget.
3. What aesthetic results should I expect from a tummy tuck procedure? Will it look natural?
An unnatural appearance is a viable fear after undergoing a cosmetic surgery procedure, and it’s important to understand how your appearance may change after a tummy tuck. Speak with your surgeon about the results you want to achieve from your surgery and what you should expect in terms of visible marks on your body. Ask your surgeon to see photos of previous surgeries to make sure you are happy with the results he or she has achieved in the past.
4. How long do I need to take away from work and other activities for recovery?
With our constantly busy schedules, we often feel pressured to hurry through any type of recovery process. However, when it comes to plastic surgery, it’s important to be upfront with your surgeon about the amount of time you have to dedicate toward your recovery. Address time available in your initial consultation with your surgeon to determine the best time to schedule your procedure. As with any medical surgery, listen to and follow your doctor’s advice with regard to the recovery process to prevent any negative side effects.
5. What is the opinion of your spouse or significant other?
If you’re considering a tummy tuck procedure and your significant other is offering up an alternative opinion, it may be best to bring him or her along with you to the initial consultation. Attending the consultation together can help to ease his or her concerns by allowing both of you to ask questions of your plastic surgeon.
Are you interested in having a tummy tuck procedure? Request a consultation with Monarch Plastic Surgery, or call us today at (913) 663-3838 for our Leawood and Lansing offices, or at (816) 436-3262 for our North Kansas City location to learn more about your options for cosmetic surgery.