Top 10 Questions to Ask Your Tummy Tuck Doctor
posted on 1/8/2013
Preparing for your first meeting with a tummy tuck surgeon can be stressful. You must mentally prepare to get undressed and show your doctor the area where you need work. In addition, you are anxious to talk to the doctor about what you want changed about your figure and you aren’t quite sure if this doctor will give you the results you envision.
To help guide you in the right direction and keep you focused on your first appointment, we have listed the top ten questions you should ask your tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) doctor.
How many tummy tucks have you performed?
The number one way to see if your doctor knows what they are doing, is to hear about their experience. If they perform this surgery nearly every week, it’s likely your surgery will sail smoothly. You might want to go as far as asking how many tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) they perform a year. The more they have performed the surgery, the more you may feel at ease that you are in good hands.
How often do you have to perform tummy tuck revisions?
A good follow up question to the one above is to find out how many of those tummy tuck surgeries had issues. No one is perfect, but if your doctor has a high rate of revisions, you may want to look at someone else for your tummy tuck surgery. In addition, be wary of someone who is dismissive about the answer or says they don’t have statistics to show you. A good doctor has a general idea of the percentage of revisions they have performed.
Can I see tummy tuck before and after photos?
Seeing is believing. You can’t solely rely on how many surgeries the doctor has performed or how often they have performed a revision. It’s key to see the final result. Most doctors have many before and after pictures of their patients. You need to take a close look at how these people looked before and if the end result is similar to your end goal. It might even be a good idea to ask for before and after pictures of people with your same body type. Click here, to see some tummy tuck before and after pictures
Can you explain where you prefer to make an incision on someone like me? I’m concerned about the placement of my tummy tuck scar?
A really good tummy tuck doctor will take a look at your area and tell you right away your best options. Any doctor who tells you to make the choice might not be the best choice for you. After all, the doctor is the one with the experience. It’s also always great if the doctor begins to discuss different techniques such as the avelar tummy tuck versus the traditional tummy tuck.
Can I See a Video of How the Procedure is Performed?
Most doctors these days have animated videos or a brochure explaining exactly how the surgery is performed. While its best to hear them describe the process to you, being able to go home or sit in the office and watch a video on what to expect will help alleviate some of the worries you may have on the day of the surgery.
Can You Achieve my Tummy Tuck Goals? Are They Realistic?
Every patient has expectations. Some are realistic. Some are not. It’s important you explain your exact expectations to the doctor. This will help avoid any problems post surgery. If your main goal is to hide your tummy tuck scar and you do not discuss this with your doctor, you might be dissapointed later. For example, there might be a reason your body needs a scar in a certain spot. Also, a good doctor will tell you what is possible and what is not. There should be no misunderstandings in this department.
Will the Medications I Take Cause Adverse Reactions With my Tummy Tuck Medications?
This is a very important question and the reason so many doctor's offices ask you to list all of your current medications. But it’s always best to ask, then to have your doctor rummaging through their notes looking for answers. If you are allergic to , let’s say, Percocet, what other medications will your doctor prescribe for pain? How will your current medication react to the anesthesia? List your medications and ask before the surgery to avoid any complications on that day.
Should I Need to Get in Touch With you for any Reason Following my Tummy Tuck Surgery, do you Have After Office Hours or an Answering Service That Would Help me Contact You?
Ever call a doctor’s office only to learn you need to go to the hospital or wait until the next business day for an answer? Don’t expect that every doctor will be available for you. But you can expect that every good doctor is available. This question is a make or break for a lot of people.
If I Have an Emergency Following my Tummy Tuck, Will You be the Attending Doctor?
Some practices have on-call doctors who will help you in case of an emergency, but this should be something you know up front. If you aren’t comfortable with anyone other than the person who performed the surgery seeing you, it might be time to shop for someone else. If your doctor is the attending doctor, but tells you they are expecting to go on a big trip that week, you may want to reschedule to ensure the doctor who performed your surgery will be around, should you need them.
How Long Will it Take me to Look Normal Again After the Tummy Tuck?
This is a nice way of asking, how long will the recovery process take? Every patient heals differently, but doctors have a general idea of how long it will take for the swelling to reduce or for the scars to fade. For example, if you are planning on a nice relaxing Florida vacation following the surgery, you may want to plan accordingly or your incision could become infected with the ocean water. You should have a clear indication, way ahead of the surgery, how to plan for the recovery process. Getting this information early could help you plan accordingly.