When you decide to ask your surgeon for a tummy tuck, you need to know some more details about this procedure. Even if it is very common these days, the abdominoplasty is actually a serious medical intervention, and most of the times it is done for an aesthetic reason.
Deciding for this is not an easy task, and you need to be fully informed to go for this. Here are some questions that you need to ask your plastic surgeon, before choosing one of them.
Question 1 – Are you specially trained?
This is one of the most important questions that can be asked, because not all the surgeons are specially trained in aesthetic surgery. To be able to make such a procedure like a tummy tuck, the surgeon needs to have special knowledge, because this is different than a usual surgery.
Question 2 – How many years of training have you taken?
This is another important question that you need to ask, because it will show you how much experience the surgeon has. There are certain specializations that vary in length from one to a few years – the more years the training took, the better it is. A highly trained plastic surgeon is the best, because he or she has both the skills and the needed knowledge.
Question 3 – Is it OK for me to have this surgery?
Any people ask for one type of surgery, even if they don’t necessarily need it. On the other hand, there are also some people who do need a certain surgery, but they are not sure about what. For example – you might need a simple abdominoplasty, even if you ask for an extended abdominoplasty. A good surgeon will be able to point you in the right direction and explain which is the difference between what you ask and what you actually need.
Question 4 – What are the recommendations?
For every medical procedure, even if it is aesthetic or not, there are certain recommendations that the patient needs to follow. For example, you need to be careful about the medication you usually take – for before the procedure. After the surgery, you also need to be careful about diet and exercising, because this can affect the overall effect of the surgery. A good surgeon will be able to give you proper recommendations for both of these periods – before and after the surgery.
Question 5 – How is the procedure?
Before deciding, the doctor needs to explain you how the procedure will take place. You need to know every step of the procedure, as this will keep you informed and updated about what exactly takes place during the surgery. It’s not uncommon for some plastic surgeons to say that it’s an easy procedure (no matter what you ask for), but you need to insist to know all the details – what will they do and how will they do it.
Question 6 – How about complications?
As any medical intervention, a tummy tuck has its own risks. The risks are minimal when the post-surgery recommendations are being followed, but you still need to know them. For example – in some cases, there can appear blood clots or infections. Any of these can be easily prevented by both the doctor and the patient, but you still need to know about them, even if they are rare.
Question 7 – What is the recovery period?
Usually, the answer will be different from patient to patient. This is because each patient is different and each person has his own medical history. One patient can recover in one month, while another patient can recover in 2 or 3 months. There are many factors that need to be taken into consideration, so you don’t need to worry if in your case there can be a longer recovery period.
Some say it’s an easy surgery, while others sustain the contrary. No matter how you feel, to take a decision about this, you need to be thoroughly informed, so ask your doctor as many questions as you can.
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