Questions to Ask Your Plastic Surgeon Before Getting a Tummy Tuck
Choosing to undergo a tummy tuck is a personal decision and can give you an incredible transformation in the process. You will have excess fat removed along with drooping skin, giving you that flat tummy you have always wanted. Before you jump in, though, ask the right questions and get information, so you know what to expect.
What Are Your Credentials?
Plastic surgeons that have appropriately trained are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. You want your plastic surgeon to be certified in addition to having the credentials that allow him or her to have privileges at your local hospital.
How Much Experience Do You Have?
Experienced plastic surgeons are going to be the best option. Years of experience will give you confidence in the upcoming procedures. Remember to ask specifically about tummy tuck surgeries, too, because although your plastic surgeon may have years of experience, you do not want to be his or her first tummy tuck.
How Do I Know I am a Good Candidate?
Deciding on whether you are a good candidate for a tummy tuck is relative to your medical history. Discussing your background and your goals for having a tummy tuck will help your plastic surgeon determine if you are a good candidate. If you are not a good candidate, he or she will explain why and what you might need to do.
Do I Need to Lose Weight First?
Losing weight first is going to depend on your circumstances. You may or may not need to as per your consultation with your plastic surgeon. A tummy tuck is not for weight loss. It is a procedure to remove excess skin and fat. If your plastic surgeon determines that you are not a good candidate until you lose some weight, then he or she will explain that to you.
What About Future Pregnancy?
If you plan on getting pregnant in the future, it is best not to undergo a tummy tuck. Having one will not hurt your baby or make it difficult for you to get pregnant, but you will likely lose any positive results of the tummy tuck in the process.
What Type of Tummy Tuck Should I Get?
Discussing types of tummy tucks with your plastic surgeon will help decide whether you are a good candidate for different tucks. Full and mini tummy tucks are the most common, and depending on your circumstances, a full or mini may be better for you.
What Risks Do I Need to Know About?
Any time surgery is involved, you can expect that there are going to be risks. These risks can include infection, numbness, nerve damage, fluid accumulation, and chronic discomfort. Keep in mind that risks are not common, but a good surgeon will inform you before deciding to move forward.
It is a good idea to make a list of questions in addition to the ones listed here. Visit Jason K. Potter, MD, DDS, and his team at our office in Dallas, Texas. You can also call (214) 540-1420 to book a consultation and get the answers you need.