You’ve made the exciting decision to get a tummy tuck. One of the first steps in the process is your consultation. This appointment is extremely important because you will discuss your surgical plan with your doctor, and you get the opportunity to ask questions or express any concerns you might have. During a tummy tuck consultation at my plastic surgery center in Houston, I try to be as thorough and helpful as possible. It’s always a good idea, however, to come to your consultation prepared with questions. Following are some good things to talk about with your surgeon regarding the procedure.
Am I a good candidate?
Most patients come in for consultation with an idea of what procedure they want. However, sometimes that procedure does not exactly fit their needs. It is important that your surgeon does a thorough evaluation of your body before creating a treatment plan. The best candidates for a tummy tuck are unhappy with the appearance of excess skin, protruding abdomen, and/or muscle laxity that is unresponsive to good diet and exercise. These patients should also be non-smokers and in good overall health.
If a tummy tuck doesn’t end up being the best option for you, we also offer liposuction, ThermiSmooth® Body, and other body contouring treatments. We can discuss your specific aesthetic goals and create a treatment plan that is right for you. In fact, we can even combine treatments and procedures for optimal results.
Can I see before-and-after photos of some of your patients?
Looking at before-and-after photos is a great way to get a better idea of what your results may look like. It is important that you like what you see, feel comfortable with your surgeon, and trust that he or she will do a good job. You are making a big investment in yourself, so you want the most qualified surgeon available.
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Will I have noticeable scarring?
The scars for a tummy tuck are inside the belly button and below the waistline. I position the incisions so that they can be covered by a low-cut bikini bottom. Additionally, I take special care while closing the incision, so it will heal to be as thin as a hairline and barely noticeable. It is important to closely follow post-op instructions for caring for your scar.
How much will my tummy tuck cost?
The cost of a tummy tuck ranges from $9,000 to $13,000. Try not to be swayed too much by price. Typically, if the price seems too good to be true, it probably is. On the other hand, astronomically higher prices do not ensure quality care either. The most important thing is to find a surgeon with an impressive resume, years of experience, and beautiful before-and-after photos. After discussing your goals and the results you hope to achieve, I can give you a more accurate idea of the costs involved.
What should I expect for my recovery?
Patients usually take about a week off from work after a tummy tuck. You will need some help around the house initially, especially if you have small children or pets. I expect all my patients to walk around their homes at least a handful of times each day, starting the first day after surgery. This is good for circulation and will help you get back to your normal daily routine sooner. Make sure to gradually increase the amount of physical activity each day. It’s important to listen to your body. Overexerting yourself too soon can compromise your results