Deciding whether to undergo any kind of surgery is a major decision.
But the patients who experience the best results from surgery are usually the best informed.
When deciding whether to have a tummy tuck, knowing the right questions to ask can relieve stress, prepare you for the experience, and help narrow down the best surgeon for the job.
So let’s look at the 5 questions you’ll want to ask your surgeon.
Is this right for me?
A tummy tuck isn’t the right procedure for everyone, even if you think it might be right for you.
Have an open, honest conversation with your surgeon. The best surgeons are also good communicators. A good surgeon will give you a genuine opinion on whether they feel this surgery is right for you. This includes giving you an idea of what you can realistically expect in terms of results.
A good surgeon will also ask about your lifestyle and future plans. These can affect whether a tummy tuck is right for you now.
How many operations have you performed?
Although you can’t be an expert on your surgeon’s performance, there’s some legwork you can do to be informed.
You should absolutely ask how many successful tummy tuck surgeries your surgeon has performed. Experience is a numbers game, after all – the more surgeries performed, the more expertise you’re getting.
This can also help you find the right surgeon. If your surgeon doesn’t appear to specialize in tummy tucks, you’re likely to get better results going elsewhere.
How can I prepare?
Patients often don’t realize that they’re an important part of the process. Surgeons are obviously trained in the difficult part, but the success or failure of surgery can sometimes come down to the actions of the patient.
Speak to your tummy tuck surgeon to find out if there are things you can do to prepare for your surgery. Surgeons will often recommend you quit smoking and avoid rapid changes in your weight around the time of your surgery.
Is there aftercare involved?
While tummy tuck patients are often able to go home shortly after surgery, that’s not always the end of the process.
Your surgeon will be able to tell you if there are aftercare treatments involved. It’s often the case that you’ll need to follow up with the hospital to have dressings changed, or stitches and drains removed.
Knowing what you can expect in terms of support after the surgery can be very helpful. Stress has a negative effect on the healing process, so the more control and information you have, the faster you’ll heal.
What are the risks?
A good surgeon will help you understand the risks before you even make the choice to undergo surgery.
Even with the advances of modern medicine, every surgery carries risks. Things can go wrong, and you should also be prepared for results that fall short of your expectations.
Speaking to your surgeon can help you understand these things well in advance.
Working with your tummy tuck surgeon
If there’s a thought to take away from these questions, it’s that you and your tummy tuck surgeon should be communicating and working together for the best possible outcome. Staying informed and asking questions will help you choose a good surgeon and get the best results.
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