Nervous about tummy tuck - trust your surgeon
It’s natural to feel some nervousness about the procedure. After all, it is a more invasive one. However, choosing an experienced board certified plastic surgeon with a good reputation will improve your surgical outcome so you can have a safer surgery and achieve the results you want. You should feel comfortable with your surgeon and be open and honest about your goals. That way, they’ll be able to understand what you want. As you learn more about the surgery and form a relationship with your surgeon, your nervousness will probably ease.
Nervous about consultation/procedure
Thank you for your question. It is very normal to be anxious when considering surgery. I suggest that you seek out a board certified plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery to discuss your options. Your surgeon should be very experienced in the procedures you are considering. He/she should also have before and after photos that are consistent with the results you expect and should be someone with whom you are comfortable based on your consultation. Hope this helps!
Thanks so much for your question. It's totally expected to feel nervous when considering a surgical procedure. Once you begin the consultation process, you will become more more knowledgeable which will make you feel more at ease. Go on a few consults, ask lots of questions and be sure to ask for a tour of the facility! Good Luck
Research before tummy tuck
You are wise to do research before your consultation. Make an effort to understand the basics of the procedure, and also be sure to seek out the best available surgeon for your surgery. Good Luck!
Hello and thank you for your question. It is very
important that you thoroughly research your surgeon before committing to
surgery. It is a good idea to research your surgeon's educational background,
online reviews, before & after pictures, and speak with anyone who you may
know who has had surgery with that surgeon. During your consultation, make sure
that you don't feel rushed and make sure that you have adequate time with your
surgeon and not just their patient coordinator or nurses. If the majority of
your consultation is spent with someone other than the surgeon, this is usually
not a good sign. The most important aspect is to find a surgeon you are
comfortable with. I recommend that you seek consultation with a qualified
board-certified expert surgeon who can evaluate you in person.
Best wishes and good luck.
Richard G. Reish, M.D.
Harvard-trained plastic surgeon
It is really hard to
give advice without examining patients with regards to abdominoplasties and the
many permutations and “versions” of them that get offered to patients. Briefly, if you have excess skin or laxity in
your skin and fat, removal of that tissue would be of benefit. If your muscle contour is not what it used to
be or it not optimal, a procedure to tighten your “core” may be necessary. This is especially important in the
post-pregnancy population as during your pregnancy, your muscles were forced to
adapt to a growing baby inside. Most
times, those muscles don’t go exactly
back to where they were before. Some
come back really darn close, but rarely to their exact pre-pregnancy
position. If you don’t have the
musculature issues addressed, and you only have the skin and subcutaneous
tissues removed, your contour will not be optimal and I believe you will be
dissatisfied with your results. It’s
paramount to fix the foundation (the musculature) before building the house.
The next question to
address is what to do with your belly button.
Depending on the amount of upper abdominal laxity, you may have your
belly button brought through a new place in your skin (belly button stays where
it is on your abdominal wall, but by stretching skin downwards, it needs to
come out in a new place or it would look tethered and not natural) or you may need to leave it where it is or potentially “float” it down
the abdominal wall an inch or two (it actually ends up being lower on your
torso than where it started). Decisions
about pre-surgery position of your belly button and tradeoffs between potential
scar placement vs. keeping your belly button in a naturally-appearing position
are used to determine that.
As you can see, there
are lots to consider when discussing abdominoplasties. You really need to discuss all of these
issues with a board certified plastic surgeon and see pictures of their
results. Who cares if someone does “drainless tummy tucks” if their results do
not look great. Likewise, tummy tucks
that are done overly tight do not look natural and defeat the purpose of having
your abdomen rejuvenated in the first place.
What good is getting a tummy tuck if you aren’t excited to show it
off? Hope this helps!
Thank you for your question.Feeling anxious and nervous is completely normal. Some things that may help ease your mind when choosing your plastic surgeon would be to choose one who is board certified and preferably specializes in tummy tucks. You may also want look at the surgeon’s credentials, memberships, educational background, reviews and before and afters. Before and afters are a good indicator of their techniques and outcomes from tummy tuck surgeries and reading reviews from other patients is a good way to see what their experience with the doctor was like. Also, meeting your doctor in person for a consultation is the best way to determine if you trust and feel comfortable with them. Best of luck in your endeavors!
James Fernau, MD, FACS
Board Certified ENT
Board Certified Plastic Surgery
Member of ASPS, ASAPS, ISAPS, The Rhinoplasty Society, AAFPRS, OTO/HNS, ASLMS, International Federation for Adipose Therapeutics & Science