When considering or preparing for a tummy tuck, there is a lot to think about and ask. To get you started on your research process, Dr. Mulholland has provided the top 13 things you must know.
1. The official name for a tummy tuck is Abdominoplasty
2. You should definitely ask the doctor how many tummy tucks they have done in total and over the last 12 months. A doctor is more experienced at the procedure is likely to make you feel more confident
3. It’s also important to know how often the doctor has performed tummy tuck revisions? No one is perfect and there are extenuating circumstances. However if your doc has a high rate of revisions, it may be indicative of a problem.
4. You definitely want to ask to see Before & After photos of tummy tuck procedures so you can get a feel for the doctor’s work
5. Talk to the doctor about where they want to make the incision in you. A really good tummy tuck doctor will take a look at your area and tell you right away your best options.
6. You need to find out if your goals are realistic. If your expectations are unrealistic, you will be disappointed.
7. You absolutely have to discuss any medications you are on with your doctor. If you are allergic to a painkiller, get to know the other medications will your doctor prescribe. Ask your doctor how your current medications react to the anesthesia. List your medications and ask which medications are unsuitable before the surgery to avoid any complications the day of the procedure
8. Learn what after care and support the doctor provides. Ask how to reach them outside business hours, after surgery
9. Make sure you understand how long it will take you to look normal after the tummy tuck. Every patient heals differently, but doctors should have a general idea of how long it will take for the swelling to reduce or for the scars to fade
10. Determine with your doctor if you are a good candidate for the tummy tuck procedure. Even if you think a tummy tuck is perfect for you, your surgeon will need to determine which procedure can realistically give you the results you are looking for. Your surgeon will need to examine the condition of the skin and tissue on your abdomen to determine if a tummy tuck can deliver
11. Ask if you will need drains after surgery. Many patients are reluctant to have a tummy tuck because they are worried about wearing uncomfortable surgical drains. Some surgeons have developed new techniques that allow for a drain-free tummy tuck
12. Inquire about how your stomach will look post operation with the surgeon. It is very likely that in the first few weeks after surgery, your tummy will look swollen and you will have scars. Talk to the doc about the time frame for the swelling to go down and the scar to lighten
13. Learn about the different types of tummy tucks in Toronto. Complete or traditional tummy tuck treats the entire abdomen by using a large hip-to-hip incision and another incision around the navel. Patients who require significant fat removal and restructuring of the abdominal wall need this type of tummy tuck. A Partial or mini tummy tuck treats only the lower part of the abdomen below the navel using small incisions. This type of tummy tuck is appropriate for patients who suffer mainly from loose abdominal skin and excess fat that is concentrated below the navel.
Even when you have gathered information online, you still want to talk to your doctor about these issues and be sure you understand the information.
Dr. Mulholland stresses the importance of working with informed patients that are good candidates for a procedure.
SpaMedica is located in Toronto and serves patients that are local and that travel to see him for their procedure.
Schedule a consultation with SpaMedica today to discover if you are a good candidate and to get all of your questions answered.