Looking for a Double Board Certified Plastic Surgeon to Do Tummy Tuck and Non-traditional Lipo in Vancouver, BC or Seattle

I need a tummy tuck and lipo (tumescent,ultrasound,smartlipo, etc.) of my luv handles and back area especially for my back / bra rolls. I am a very healthy, non-smoker, 2 months PP (not breastfeeding), 5'3" and currently 117 lbs. I am looking to have surgery in Feb or Mar. I want a doc who offers their patients a pain relief pump postop. I have been doing extensive research and some say a TT is worse than childbirth!! OUCH! Any recommendations anyone???? I am willing to drive to Seattle.

Doctor Answers 7

Tummy tucks in Seattle

I applaud your research efforts into tummy tucks.  I am in the Seattle/Bellevue area and do a substantial number of tummy tucks.  I am double board certified and TT is one of the only operations I do anymore along with all breast surgeries and facelifts.  So I consider it a specialty of mine.

That being said, I would like to poitely ammend your search parameters a bit.  First of all, a double board certified surgeon is a good choice because they have lots of abdominal surgery experience.  But that alone doesn't make for a good result.

A pain pump is never necessary in my practice as we are always able to do just fine with narcotics and muscle relaxants so don't make that a line in the sand either.

Scheduling is also an issue as most doctors would recommend you wait a few more months before doing this and to be sure you are done having kids.  I personally couldn't even see you until Feb/Mar 2011 so surgery couldn't be done for a few months later.  But that is in your best interest because this isn't an emergency and you should go to a very busy surgeon.

Finally, the type of liposuction isn't critical becasue lasers etc don't do any better than tumescent lipo as far as skin shrinkage is concerned.  Your needs for lipo should also be very minimal.

Check out the photos of many surgeons and look carefully at the contours of the abdomen.  I try to make mine look very muscular and personally think some other's photos look rather flat.  Just personal preference.

Remember that no 2 surgeons are the same and you need to choose the best for you and do this only once.

Good luck and be patient with the process! 

Seattle Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 67 reviews

Choosing plastic surgeon?

Hello! Thank you for your question.  Cost will vary among plastic surgeons as well as with geographic location and what procedures exactly they will be providing to you.  "Double Board Certification" is not any better - choosing a surgeon who went directly into plastic surgery is preferred as opposed to general surgery first.  Certainly, researching a board certified plastic surgeon well-versed in the procedure(s) you desire is recommended - checking the American Board of Plastic Surgery is a great start. Consult with two or more surgeons who you are happy with their postoperative photographs and those who you, most importantly, feel comfortable and confident with. Use the opportunity to ask questions as well as visit with staff and investigate the accredited facilities they work out of.  I believe fellowship-training, beyond the core plastic surgery residency to be important, as that surgeon has gone above and beyond to seek additional training specific to that area of interest and chosen to gain additional expertise in that area.   

Experience should not be measured solely by the age of the surgeon or how many years s/he has been in practice.  Checking the education and training is more valuable - a Board Certified MD plastic surgeon who was accepted to and completed an integrated plastic surgery residency, in today's day and age, are excellent choices. Those are the top students who have superior training at top institutes.  Plastic Surgery is NOT a fellowship...it is a residency. Those surgeons who have actually successfully completed additional fellowship training beyond the plastic surgery residency are also passionate about that area and will likely have the most recent, innovative, and up to date techniques. These are usually the younger surgeons, who are still readily willing and competent to continue to strive for the newest material and remain up to date on literature and conferences. 

You must decide for yourself who you are most comfortable with and confident with who will meet your goals and expectations. Cost may differ just on expertise and the aforementioned additional training ad what that additional expertise training has afforded to his/her patients.  Hope that this helps!  Best wishes!

Lewis Albert Andres, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

Choosing your Surgeon?

Thank you for the question.
When choosing a plastic surgeon it is important to  do your due diligence carefully. You will find that well-trained, well experienced board-certified plastic surgeons are extremely capable managing a variety of different procedures and the potential complications  associated with the procedures
I  am sure there are many well-qualified plastic surgeons in your area. I would suggest starting with the American Society of Plastic Surgery  to obtain a list of well experienced board-certified plastic surgeons. Then, I would suggest you visit a few surgeons whose practices  concentrate on aesthetic surgery. Ask  to see lots of examples of their work and preferably speak/see patients who have had similar procedures done.
You will find,  while doing your due diligence,  that there are many different “specialties” who will offer their services to you;  again, I strongly recommend you concentrate on surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. The surgeons will generally be well-versed in a  variety of procedures that may be indicated based on your examination and goals.
I hope this helps.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 1,499 reviews

Dobule board certified surgeon

I would serach the ASPS and ASAPS websites for surgeons in your area and confirm their credentials by visiting their websites and confirming their hospital privieges.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 82 reviews

Finding the right plastic surgeon for you.

I recommend you select a plastic surgeon board certified by the american board of plastic surgery.   Double board certified sounds impressive (and not to take away from this accomplishment/credential), but if the other board certification is in general surgery or another specialty, it really doesn't help you much with respect to your cosmetic procedures.   To find an American Society of Plastic Surgeons member  who is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeon, please see the link below.

C. Bob Basu, MD, FACS
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 211 reviews

Tummy tuck

Certainly a tummy tuck and liposuction can be done at the same time.  A double board certified doctor can mean anything.  You want a board certified plastic surgeon to do your surgery.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

Tummy tuck

I don't of anyone in the seattle area; however, in my opinion, there is no difference in using u/s, smartlipo.  They all use the same tumescent technique, with the additional costs.  As far as the pain is concerned, most of my patients have told me that an abdominoplasty was less painful than child birth or c-section.

Shahin Javaheri, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

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