If you’ve struggled to maintain your abdominal section and feel as if nothing works to keep it toned, a tummy tuck is the ideal solution for you. A tummy tuck can give you the flatter, more sculpted stomach you’ve desired.
To alleviate some of the confusion regarding the process, we’ve listed below the most important questions you should ask a health care professional. So, if you are tired of dealing with unsightly fat, contact a physician today.
1. Am I a Good Candidate?
The ideal candidate for a tummy tuck should have extra skin or fat in their abdominal area. This excess fat and skin tends to gather on people due to: pregnancy, aging, or previous surgery. To determine if your fit the criteria, you should book a consultation with a physician who can examine your stomach. Further, an ideal candidate should have tried exercise and dieting to get rid of the fat without success. Therefore, you should only contact a surgeon if you’ve already tried getting rid of it on your own. Not trying prior to contacting the surgeon could result in a refusal.
2. What Credentials Does the Surgeon Have?
Asking this question is a great way to assess the surgeon’s skill level and experience. If they are not able to answer the question and provide proof that they are certified, you should begin to look else ware. Choosing a highly qualified physician guarantees you will receive the best care possible.
3. What Will I Look Like After?
You should ask this question to the surgeon to ensure that the both of you are on the same page for how you wish to look. This will also help to identify what exactly the procedure can do for you, and what it cannot. This will also ensure there is no disappointment following the procedure.
4. How Will I need to prepare for the Surgery?
Prior to surgery, you will likely have to complete blood tests and have a full physician exam. There may also be certain medications you cannot take prior to the procedure. Therefore, you should discuss your expectations and inquire what you should do to have a success procedure.
5. What Will the Recovery be Like?
You should discuss with the surgeon prior to the operation what the recovery period will be like for you. This will eliminate any unexpected surprises, and help you identify if something has gone wrong. Immediately following the tummy tuck your stomach will appear to be swollen, and you will inevitably be in pain. There will also be a scar over the pubic area and around the belly button. However, the swelling from the surgery typically goes down within a few weeks. As well, the scars will begin to fade after a few months.
6. What Are the Risks Associated with Surgery?
Tummy tucks are typically safe procedures to have. Despite this, it is still an invasive surgery and therefore has risks associated with it. Once of the major risks associated with it is excessive bleeding, infection, numbness, or scaring. As well, some people have reported persistent pain afterwards. You should be prepared for these risks and determined if it is worth it.
7. What Will the Cost Be?
You should be fully aware of all of the costs associated with surgery prior to undergoing the operation. A good surgeon will openly prepare you for the cost of their work and walk you through any additional costs. Unexpected costs can include medication, at-home care and loss of work which you should be made aware of prior to the operation.