If you're unhappy with excess belly fat and having trouble shedding it through diet and exercise alone, then you might be considering the option of a tummy tuck. Specifically, a tummy tuck (also known as abdominoplasty) is a cosmetic procedure that can remove excess stomach fat, giving you a flatter and trimmer midsection. Before you schedule your surgery, you'll want to consult with some area surgeons to find the one that's right for you. And as you prepare for your first tummy tuck consultations, there are a few steps you should take.
1. Compile a List of Medications You're Taking
Certain medications can interact negatively with the anesthesia that is used during tummy tucks and other cosmetic procedures, so you'll want to compile a list of any and all medications you're currently taking, as well a list of any vitamins or supplements you're taking (or have taken recently). If possible, write down the specific dosage amounts for each medication, vitamin, or supplement for your surgeon as well.
2. Don't Forget About Allergies and Previous Surgeries
Your tummy tuck surgeon will also want to know if you've ever had any allergies to latex or anesthesia, as both of these are typically used during a tummy tuck procedure. Past surgeries or serious illnesses can also affect your ability to be safely placed under anesthesia, so it's a good idea to disclose any recent serious medical treatment (including past surgeries) along with their dates.
3. Create an Album of Inspiration Photos
Having realistic expectations for the outcome of your tummy tuck is important, so consider compiling an album of inspirational photos to show your surgeon during an initial consultation. These can be photos of celebrities or even pictures of yourself at another time in your life. These pictures will help you communicate your expectations for the procedure to your surgeon.
4. Write Down Questions You Want to Ask
Finally, be sure to bring a list of questions that you'd like to ask your surgeon, as there's a good chance you'll otherwise forget them during your appointment. For example, you will probably want to ask about your expected recovery time, costs/payment options, and what to expect on the day of the procedure.
Setting up consultations with reputable cosmetic surgeons in your area is the best first step to take when considering a tummy tuck surgery. Just be sure that you take the time to prepare for each consultation by following these tips.