How to Choose the Best Surgeon for Tt?

How do I choose the best surgeon for a full TT. Am from uk what sort of qualifications experience ect, should I look for.

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How to Choose Your Tummy Tuck Surgeon?

I would suggest starting with the Society of Plastic Surgery and/or the Aesthetic 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.

 Hope this helps.

San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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How to choose the best surgeon for TT?

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.  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 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
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How to choose the best plastic surgeon for a tummy tuck.

There are several credentials you should check for:

1. Are they certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery

2. Do they belong to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons

3. How long have they been in practice?

4. What experience do they have?

5. What is their academic output?  Have they written any papers?

6. What awards or honors have they been given?

These are among many questions you need to ask.  The main factor is to make sure you feel a rapport with the surgeon so a sense of mutual trust is developed.  No one can promise you that nothing will go wrong, but you want to be sure that if it does go wrong this doctor will stick with you and do everything in his or her power to fix it.

Mark A. Schusterman, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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How to Choose the Best Tummy Tuck Surgeon?

You need to look for a surgeon who has experience with the latest and most updated techniques in reconstruction and aesthetics of the abdomen, such as Lipoabdominoplasty, VASER Body Reshaping, VASER Hi-Def, etc.

You also need to ensure that you see a qualified Consultant Plastic Surgeon who can show you examples of his work – and not just 1 or two procedures. You need to ask your surgeon how many years of experience he/she has in tummy tucks and also look at online reviews of the Surgeon.

Alberto Di Giuseppe, MBBS
London Plastic Surgeon
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Choosing your plastic surgeon.

This is a common question and I have written a blog post on this subject (follow link below).  Personal recommendation is always a good starting point, but you may not know someone who has had surgery as people often do not elect to talk about it.  A fully trained plastic surgeon in the UK will have the letters FRCS(Plast) after his or her name which means that they have passed the specialist fellowship in plastic surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons and is similar to being board certified in America.  To be sure that you are seeing a fully trained plastic surgeon, it is often best to choose a surgeon who is or has been a consultant plastic surgeon in the NHS.  Our professional associations are BAPRAS and BAAPS and there is a list of members on their websites, so you should be able to find someone near you.  I hope this is helpful.  Good luck.

Choosing Tummy Tuck Surgeon

Choosing a surgeon for tummy tuck is similar to that for any aesthetic procedure.  First of all, make sure the surgeon is certified bt the ABPS.  Ask friends and your family doctor for recommendations.  Look at before/after photos on surgeon's website.  Lastly, at consultation, make sure your are comfortable the surgeon. 

John Whitt, MD (retired)
Louisville Plastic Surgeon
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Aesthetic Society of Plastic Surgery

I recommend you always choose a surgeon that is Board Certified. Then be sure that your surgeon shows you before and after pictures and thoroughly explains the procedure to you. Additionally, we tour patients through our surgery center so they get a feel for facility. Of course, you still need to feel comfortable and confident with your surgeon even with all the above. 

Jeffrey Hartog, MD
Orlando Plastic Surgeon
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Choosing the best surgeon for tummy tuck

When choosing a plastic surgeon you should look at their credentials such as board certification and any extra training they may have such as fellowships in aesthetic surgery.  You should then make a consultation and discuss your situation with the surgeon to make sure you are a good candidate for surgery. Ask to see pictures.  Ask to talk to other patients.  Also ask where they do the surgery.  Make sure that your surgeon's facility is accredited or that the surgery is done in the office.  We have a fully accredited private office OR suite and recovery center where I perform tummy tuck under epidural anesthesia.  We also offer general anesthesia for patients that choose that.  There are many options to consider when choosing a surgeon and it is important that you do your homework.


Good Luck.

David Shafer, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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