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How Long is It in General from Your First Consiltation to the Actual Procedure for a Tummy Tuck?

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Consult to Surgery

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Depending on your surgeon's surgical schedule, it would probably be at least 2 weeks from your initial consultation to assure you have been off any blood thinning medications (aspirin, ibuprophen, fish oils, vit E, etc.).


Austin Plastic Surgeon
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Timing for surgery

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The time from consultation to surgery date depends on your surgeon's availability and facility/anesthesia availability. It can be as short as one week to couple months.  You should find a reputable, board-certified plastic surgeon and ask his/her office about his/her availability.

Sugene Kim, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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How Long is It in General from Your First Consultation to the Actual Procedure for a Tummy Tuck?

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        Some of my patients schedule about a year in advance, and some patients I can work into the schedule in less than a week.   Find a plastic surgeon with ELITE credentials who performs hundreds of tummy tucks and tummy tuck revisions each year.  Then look at the plastic surgeon's website before and after photo galleries to get a sense of who can deliver the results.

Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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When is the right time for a tummy tuck?

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The time between your first consultation and surgery depends on how well you understand your problem, the surgery you are having and most of all your physical condition.  If you are physically ready for your surgery, for example not needing to lose weight or stop smoking, and understand all the potential benefits, risks and complications from surgery, then the time between consultation and surgery may be quite short.

Most patients having a tummy tuck or other major procedures will see their surgeon twice before the operation.  This ensures the you understand everything and are well prepared for your surgery.  This give you a chance to research the surgery and make sure all your questions are answered prior to surgery.

I think the right thing to do is have consultation with a plastic surgeon to see what surgery is possible and it's pros and cons.  At that time the surgeon should be able to give you a guide in how long before you would be ready for surgery.

Dean Trotter, MBBS, FRACS
Melbourne Plastic Surgeon
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How long before consultation and actual sugery?

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The time span between consultation and actual surgery depends on a number of factors including: patient's motivation, surgeon's  schedule and any medical issues. If a patient comes from out of town, we, generally, review photos preoperatively as well a s get a medical history and request blood tests prior to coming to our office. This will allow the patient to have surgery 1-2 days after officially coming for consultation.

George Lefkovits, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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How Long is It in General from Your First Consiltation to the Actual Procedure for a Tummy Tuck?

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This varies tremendously, usually according to patient scheduling. Sometimes a patient has been researching for months, makes a decision and is ready to go as soon as the schedule permits. Sometimes a patient calls to schedule who had her consult over a year ago.

There is no fixed schedule here. All the best. 

Jourdan Gottlieb, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy tuck question

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Hi there,

The answer is that it depends upon your own state of readiness.  If you know a lot about the procedure and are well prepared before your consultation, there may be no need for a long period of delay.  But if you are early in your decision process, and need to learn about the procedure, the normal recovery, the risks and the potential complications, and to think through this information, then have an opportunity for a further consultation to check details, it would be wise to allow a good time to elapse between your first consultation and the procedure.

The point is:  It's not the time between the consultation and the procedure which is the important thing.  It's how well informed and how well prepared you are for the procedure.

All the best

Howard Webster

Howard Webster, MBBS, FRACS
Melbourne Plastic Surgeon
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