Patients considering a tummy tuck are inundated with questions about the procedure and what to expect from the surgery. Among the many questions patients have, there are some that should be posed to the surgeon performing the surgery before the day of the procedure.
Am I a good candidate for a tummy tuck?
A frank, open discussion with your doctor is best for understand the procedure and proceeding safely. While a doctor will likely tell you if he’ll perform the surgery or not, it is best to ask him directly what may keep you from the surgery. In many cases, patients considering a tummy tuck will be asked to lose weight. Get specifics from the surgeon so that you can return once you’ve met the criteria if necessary.
What are realistic expectations for this procedure?
While patients tend to think surgery will fix all that ails them, it’s entirely possible that the tummy tuck procedure won’t create the effect they are envisioning. While the tummy tuck is a dramatic procedure that can dramatically change a woman’s shape, the procedure won’t remove pockets of fat from other parts of the body or change your bone structure. Be sure to understand what will likely change thanks to the procedure and, more importantly, what will not.
How much will it cost?
Cost varies wildly by surgeons for procedures like a tummy tuck. These costs hinge on many factors including the demand for a surgeon, his location and his experience. Often changing locations makes the tummy tuck procedure more affordable. This is particularly critical as tummy tuck procedures aren’t covered by insurance in most cases and will be paid for by the patient. There are medical loans available to help cover the costs of the procedure, however.