Abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck surgery, is a cosmetic procedure that removes excess skin and fat in the stomach area and restores weakened muscles. If you’re self-conscious about your stomach, whether after massive weight loss, after pregnancy, or simply due to age, tummy tuck surgery can give you the firmer and smoother abdominal profile that will help boost your confidence.
If you’re considering abdominoplasty or have already booked your consultation, here are some questions you should ask your plastic surgeon. Answers to these questions will help you make a more informed health decision.
1. Is It the Right Time?
You may have already decided, 100 percent, that a tummy tuck is right for you. You know it will help you get the silhouette you’ve always wanted. You know it’ll improve your self-esteem. But is now the right time?
You need to ensure you’re a good candidate for the surgery right now. If you’re planning to become pregnant in the near future or plan to lose weight, it’s best to wait until these events are over before getting surgery.
In addition, if you are overweight, you may be required to lose some pounds and maintain a healthy weight before surgery is an option for you.
Your surgeon will be able to tell you if you’re a good candidate.
2. What Pre-Surgery Actions Do I Need to Take?
In order to undergo cosmetic surgery, you need to be healthy. You may be required to undergo a physical examination as well as some blood tests. You might also need to quit smoking and stop taking certain medications, such as blood thinners.
Talk to the plastic surgeon about your full medical history during the consultation to determine which actions you will need to take.
3. What Will the Recovery Be Like?
To make an informed decision, you need to know what to expect from the recovery phase. Will you be able to take enough time off work to recover? Will you be able to reduce your normal activities for a couple weeks? Can you handle the side effects that you may experience after the surgery?
4. What Are the Risks?
With every surgery comes risks. Tummy tuck surgery is a routine and safe procedure, but there are some risks, including infection, bleeding, blood clots, scarring, pain, and numbness of the area. Discuss all risks with your plastic surgeon and then make an informed decision to determine whether or not you want to go ahead with the surgery.
5. How Much Will It Cost?
Because cosmetic surgery can be costly and it’s rarely covered by private insurance, it’s natural you would want to know how much the procedure will cost you out of pocket. The cost will vary from clinic to clinic, but on average, it should cost approximately $5,000.
It’s important to ask the plastic surgeon about any extra or hidden fees you should be aware of above and beyond the cost of the surgery itself. Consider the fees that may arise if complications were to occur as well. Talk about payment plans.
However, it’s important to note that price shouldn’t be your only consideration when choosing a plastic surgeon. A too-low cost might come at a higher price—the surgeon may not be experienced or properly trained.
6. Where Will I Have Surgery?
Cosmetic surgery like a tummy tuck should never be done in a spa. You should be assured the surgery will take place in a hospital or accredited surgical facility. You’ll want to ensure the surgeon has hospital privileges if the surgery is conducted at a surgery centre that isn’t affiliated with a hospital.
You can never be too informed when making a medical decision. On top of asking about the surgeon’s credentials and experience, ask these six questions and any others that come to mind.