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What to Expect During Your Consultation for Abdominoplasty

An abdominoplasty, better known as a “tummy tuck,” is a way to regain your shape after a pregnancy or after you have gained weight. Some people whose skin has become more elastic over time also opt for the procedure. However, it is extremely important that you get as much information beforehand so you can be as well educated and comfortable as possible. That is why the consultation you have with your doctor will be so vital.

While you should do all you can to get to your consultation on time, there is a chance that your abdominoplasty surgeon may be running a little late. In many instances, doctor’s appointments run a bit long, so be prepared to wait for a bit. There are other cases where doctors will be called to perform an emergency procedure of some kind, so there is a chance that the receptionist will call to reschedule your appointment.

When your consultation begins, you should have a notepad handy on which you have written down the questions you want to ask. There are some patients who bring a friend or family member with them in order to make sure that no questions fall through the cracks. You should also bring a photo of yourself, as well as one that shows how you want to look. That way, your doctor can give you an honest opinion as to whether or not your expectations are realistic.

You want to make sure that you speak with the actual surgeon who will perform your abdominoplasty rather than a staff member. Make this clear at the time you schedule your consultation. If that is not possible, then reschedule to a time when it will be.

Take advantage of everything the consultation can offer. This is the time for you to be honest in regard to any reservations that you may have and for you to clearly spell out how you expect to look once your abdominoplasty is complete. The doctor will want to discuss your medical history in detail, and he or she will also detail all of your options regarding the type of procedure you want, the type of anesthesia you will likely need, and much more. You’ll probably undergo a thorough examination so that the doctor can determine how much skin will need to be removed.

The doctor will also discuss the risks involved with the procedure and what you can expect in terms of recovery. You’ll see before and after pictures of previous patients so that you can have a better idea of what you will look like. If your surgery will be performed on site, you can get a tour of the facility. The consultation will also be your chance to find out how much your procedure will cost.

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