5 Facts to Know before Scheduling Your Tummy Tuck

If you’re contemplating getting a tummy tuck, you likely already know what the body contouring procedure can do for you. A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is the go-to plastic surgery procedure for men and women who have loose, excess abdominal skin, a protruding stomach and/or separated abdominal muscles. If you want to transform your midsection from flab to fab, then you’re on the right track with a tummy tuck.

But there’s more to abdominoplasty than meets the eye. As most adventurers will tell you, it’s about the journey rather than the destination, and the same sentiment is true as you prepare for your tummy tuck. Before surgery day, there are a few important things to do to make sure you’re well-equipped.

1. Board-Certified or Bust

When undergoing any plastic surgery procedure, you want a plastic surgeon who has been certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Doctors who are board-certified plastic surgeons are held to the highest standards of care, have undergone rigorous training and have extensive knowledge and skill in their field of expertise. Although a non-board-certified doctor technically could do your tummy tuck, they may likely lack true experience and qualifications. It’s advisable that you stick with the board-certified plastic surgeons for outstanding care and results.

2. Research Your Plastic Surgeon

Most plastic surgeons will have a photo gallery of before and after pics on their website. This can be a great resource for you to look into, enabling you to evaluate a prospective plastic surgeon’s work. In addition to a photo gallery, you should look for information about your plastic surgeon. Check for reviews from satisfied customers, read online testimonials and check out their social media profiles.

3. Do Your Homework

A knowledgeable plastic surgeon who specializes in abdominoplasty can customize your procedure to respond to your unique needs. It’s important that you look into the different kinds of tummy tucks that your plastic surgeon may offer to determine which one is best-suited to you. A traditional tummy tuck can address the entire abdominal section and can also correct separated abdominal muscles. A drain-free tummy tuck with liposuction may offer you more comprehensive, refined results. And if your problem area is limited to the section below your navel, a mini tummy tuck may be all you need.

4. Prepare for Your Consultation

Your consultation is a wonderful opportunity to ask your plastic surgeon about any questions you have about your tummy tuck. It’s a good idea to prepare a list of questions ahead of your consultation, so you can find out what to expect from the tummy tuck procedure, what your recovery will be like, if drains will be included in your tummy tuck and what kinds of realistic results you can expect. You could also ask your plastic surgeon if they have any suggested recovery guidelines, such as activity restrictions or compression garments.

5. Ensure You’re a Good Candidate

One of the common misconceptions about tummy tucks is that they can help you lose weight. In fact, the best candidates for abdominoplasty are healthy adults who are close to or at their ideal weight, and are able to maintain that weight through a healthy, active lifestyle. Part of being a good candidate also means having a realistic understanding of the results you can expect to achieve with a tummy tuck. 

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