What to ask your surgeon before your tummy tuck surgery

18th Oct 2018

Asking questions from the plastic surgeon before the tummy tuck surgery is one of the best ways to reconsider your decision in light of the important facts. This is also to be sure the surgeon has the necessary credentials, experience, and skills to undertake the procedure. In this video, I will discuss the questions you should ask your plastic surgeon before the intervention.

1. Am I a good candidate for the tummy tuck?
In order to achieve the desired aesthetic outcomes in a safer way, you must be a good candidate for the tummy tuck. Make sure to ask your surgeon whether you are a good candidate for the intervention and what makes you a good candidate for it. The surgeon will examine your overall health, assess your body, and know your goals before answering this question.
A good candidate for the tummy tuck is someone who is not suffering from serious health conditions, has realistic goals, and is undergoing the procedure for all the right reasons.
For example, if your primary goal is to lose weight with the tummy tuck or to look like a celebrity, you will not be a good candidate for the procedure. The tummy tuck is a body contouring procedure that makes your abdomen youthful, firmer, and toned by removing the saggy skin and excess fat from your abdomen, in addition to making the abdominal wall muscles firmer. However, it is not a weight loss method and will not make you look like someone else.

2. What type of anesthesia will be used?
The tummy tuck is a major operation, so it is always performed under general anesthesia. This means you will remain asleep during the surgery. If you are in good physical health, the procedure will be performed smoothly under general anesthesia.
However, there are patients who often withhold their health information from the surgeons. This often leads to anesthetic complications. For example, if you are suffering from hypertension, respiratory issues, or heart disease, you must communicate this to the doctor so that measures may be taken to prevent complications during the procedure.

3. How will my abdomen look after the tummy tuck?
If the surgery is undertaken by a board-certified and experienced plastic surgeon, you can expect your abdomen to appear youthful, toned, smooth, and tighter after the tummy tuck surgery. These aesthetic improvements in your abdomen will also translate into an overall improvement in your body profile. However, you must maintain a stable weight after the procedure to enjoy the aesthetic results on a sustainable basis.

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