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6 Plastic Surgery Safety Tips to Check on before Your Tummy Tuck

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If you want to have the safest possible outcome from your tummy tuck, along with excellent results, doing your homework before your procedure is vital. Spend some time researching your plastic surgeon, the facility and procedure you’re considering before making any final decisions to ensure your safety and the best results. Keep these top plastic surgery safety tips in mind to guide your research.

1. Work with a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

One of the very first things you should look for when choosing a plastic surgeon for your tummy tuck is board certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. This certification means that your plastic surgeon has completed rigorous surgical training, residency programs and comprehensive oral and written exams.

You also want to choose a plastic surgeon who has experience with the specific procedure(s) you’re considering. So if you want a tummy tuck, make sure he or she has performed this procedure in the past and, ideally, has some before and after photos to share with you.

2. Avoid Medical Tourism

“Medical tourism” is the term given to the concept of traveling to a different country for the purpose of getting a surgical procedure. Even if you find a “deal” on your tummy tuck in another country, the potential risks are not at all worth the money you might save. In fact, you could end up spending a whole lot more, should serious medical complications arise.

Be very wary of ‘bargains’ for plastic surgery. Your safety isn’t something you want to thrift shop for.

3. Check References

Any reputable and qualified plastic surgeon should have several past clients or even other doctors who would be willing to vouch for their expertise and professionalism. Ask around to family and friends to see if anyone you know might have any experience with this particular plastic surgeon. If you haven’t started your search yet but know someone who’s had a tummy tuck, ask who their plastic surgeon was and if they would recommend them.

4. Ask about Facility Safety Protocols

Your plastic surgeon’s office should have a specific set of safety protocols and guidelines for both inpatient and outpatient procedures. Is the facility an accredited ambulatory facility? Do they have hospital privileges? This means that the physician has the right to use the equipment and facilities at a particular hospital.

Even though your procedure may not take place in a hospital, this qualification indicates that your plastic surgeon has been vetted and approved by the hospital committee, as well as other physicians.

5. Inquire about Anesthesia Options and Procedures

Tummy tucks are typically performed under general anesthesia, but ask your plastic surgeon about his or her protocols for this, as well as any options that you might have.

Discuss the risks and potential complications that could arise, however rare, during your procedure. Your plastic surgeon should be honest and upfront about risks and complications.

6. Know What to Expect During Recovery

Ask your plastic surgeon about his or her recovery guidelines for after your tummy tuck so you can prepare. For example, how much time should you plan to take off work? Will you need to arrange for help with childcare while you recover, and for how long? Planning these things before your tummy tuck can help to ensure a smooth and safe recovery.


6 Plastic Surgery Safety Tips to Check on before Your Tummy Tuck
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6 Plastic Surgery Safety Tips to Check on before Your Tummy Tuck
Looking for plastic surgery safety tips? Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Dellinger of Elysian Plastic Surgery in Austin shares must-know information.
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