Making a checklist to help you prepare for any kind of plastic surgery is always a good idea. There’s research to do and it can be challenging to keep track if you don’t get organized. Good planning is the key to things going smoothly, so be sure to add these three important items to your tummy tuck checklist.
1. Find the Right Plastic Surgeon
Finding the right plastic surgeon should be at the very top of your tummy tuck checklist. The skill of your plastic surgeon is the most important factor that will determine what your results are like.* Only choose someone who is board-certified and has considerable experience doing tummy tucks. Ask them lots of questions, and make sure they have plenty of before and after photos for you to look at.
2. Consider Adding Liposuction
If you’re getting a tummy tuck to remove excess skin after a pregnancy or weight loss, you may want to ask your plastic surgeon if you would benefit from a combination tummy tuck and liposuction procedure. If you have stubborn pockets of fat that won’t respond to diet or exercise, you may get your best results by combining your tummy tuck with liposuction.*
If you think liposuction is something you might benefit from, consider having it at the same time as your tummy tuck.
3. Prepare for Your Recovery
Planning for your tummy tuck recovery is critical, and will likely entail an entire checklist of its own. Make sure you’ll have the help you need so you can rest and heal. Make arrangements for everything, from your ride home to meal preparation and help with child care. Tie up loose ends at work and turn your home into a place where you recuperate comfortably.
*This information is for education only, and is not meant as a guarantee of results. Your results may vary.